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28 Days Later... (2002)

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Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.



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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


His fear began when he woke up alone. His terror began when he realised he wasn't. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 June 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exterminio  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,500,079 (UK) (1 November 2002)


$45,063,889 (USA) (24 October 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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The flashback scenes of Jim's parents were shot on Super 8mm film. See more »


With no electricity in London there would be no lights, yet when they going to the grocery store before they leave London, it is well lit and the light is not coming from outside the store. In reality, the store would be almost pitch black except for some light coming in through the front windows facing the street. See more »


[first lines]
Activist: [the three animal activists arrive to the laboratory] Bingo.
Activist: [when seeing all of the caged apes] Fucking hell.
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Crazy Credits

Other than the Fox Searchlight logo, there are no opening credits whatsoever. The title of the movie, 28 Days Later, only appears as a descriptive subtitle. See more »


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Performed by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (as Godspeed You Black Emperor)
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Written by Efrim Menuck, David Bryant, Roger Tellier-Craig, Thierry Amar, Mauro Pezzente, Aiden Girt, Bruce Cawdon, Sophie Trudeau and Norsola Johnson
Published by Rough Trade Publishing
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A Pint of Rage
12 September 2003 | by (Timisoara, Romania) – See all my reviews

As it so happens, 28 Days Later is the best zombie movie in the last few decades. Probably since Romero's classics, if I recall accurately. It stands up on its own in a genre which is frequently plagued by a sort of innate stupidity, a consequence of one too many dead people. Otherwise how could one explain the fact that the most acclaimed zombie films are parodies of the genre?

28 Days Later shares a striking resemblance with Resident Evil, in that it kind of starts where RE left off: after one of the most exciting intro sequences I have ever witnessed (!), a lonely average-Joe, (Jim in this particular case) wakes up in a deserted London and takes a jolly good walk through the intimidatingly empty streets. Man-kind seems to have been wiped out by a contagious virus which induces a sort of blind rage upon those who fall prey to it. As may have guessed by now, this will be a story of survival.

While most horror films will offer a relatively exciting ride with little more than sparse scares, Danny Boyle's movie sheds a new light on the survival instinct of human beings which can damned well spook the living hell out of you - even if not in the traditional sense. Looking at Children of Men might offer some insight into what it feels like to have no future and this itself may clear the way to appreciating 28 Days Later.

I guess it's one of those rare horror films which not only enlighten the viewer with nice, gory slaughters but also with a share of psychological goodies. 28 Days Later doesn't forget "the Master" either and offers an obvious and unobtrusive tribute to Dawn of the Dead. All around the movie keeps you going because it is an immersive experience and not just a "poke-your-finger" kind of experience.

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