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28 Days Later... (2002)

R  |   |  Horror  |  27 June 2003 (USA)
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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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Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind's savage nature. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Day 1: Exposure - Day 3: Infection - Day 8: Epidemic - Day 15: Evacuation - Day 20: Devastation 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)


$164,846 (Hong Kong) (28 November 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Carlyle was offered the role of Major Henry West. Ironically, he would play an antagonistic role as the infected Don in the sequel 28 Weeks Later. See more »


While escaping the military-guarded location, Jim is wearing a green shirt and his hands are bound. After scaling the wall and dropping to the other side, his shirt has been caught on the razor wire atop the wall, but his hands are still bound. See more »


[first lines]
Activist: Bingo.
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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 »


Abide with Me
Sung by Perri Alleyne
Written by Henry F. Lyte (as Henry Francis Lyte) and William H. Monk (as Will Henry Monk)
Arranged by John Murphy
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User Reviews

Quite good
28 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'm amazed there are so many negative reviews of this film; I thought it succeeded on every level. It's artistic and atmospheric, with a great pace, sympathetic characters, and a fantastic climax. The music is very nicely done, and, to me, the eerie opening scenes of the empty London streets are worth the price of admission all on their own. I'm a stubborn viewer, and, normally, when a film benefits from early critical buzz in the manner that this one did, I find some excuse not to like it. But not this time; I'm completely impressed. (Incidentally, I think it's interesting that while most horror films these days seem to have been inspired by knockoffs of knockoffs, "28 Days Later" apparently owes more to John Wyndham's classic disaster novel "The Day of the Triffids" than to anything else. And that's a good thing.) HIGHLY recommended.

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