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28 Days Later... (2002) Poster

Goofs

Factual errors 

Major West's SA80 fires many more rounds than would likely be in the magazine. Most hand-held weapons give less than a minute of fire before they need to be reloaded.

Anachronisms 

The aircraft seen at the end of the movie is a Folland Gnat with Finnish markings. However, Finnish Gnats were retired since 1972.
The Access credit card used had been defunct since the mid-1990s.
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Character error 

A soldier radios in "I repeat". In UK signals, "repeat" is reserved for artillery fire. He should've said "I say again".
Private Bell tells Jim he is out of bullets as he runs out the window. Soldiers are trained to call it ammunition, or ammo.
When they're on the roof checking if it rained and they collected water, there's a dirty-clothes basket full of holes which would be useless to collect rain water.
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Continuity 

Selena and Mark claim that there is no electricity, yet when they enter Budgens to loot the store of food, all the lights are clearly on.
When Jim is walking through London,the clock on Big Ben says 8:15. In the next shot, it says 6:40.
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.
In the first shot of Centre Point at Tottenham Court Road, only one lorry is parked beneath the building. In the next shot, slightly closer up, a second one is parked in front of the first.
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In the night sequences at the mansion, despite torrential rain, thunder and lightning, a full moon is seen shining brightly in a clear sky over the mansion.
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During dinner, when the infected set off a tripwire outside the perimeter, Maj. West is wearing his 'Blues', No.2 dress. Immediately after the action, when he is explaining to Jim about giving his men women, he's changed into his DPM smock (battledress).
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the camera pulls back to show Manchester aflame, a row of flashing lights is visible in the distance. It's the police keeping traffic back so that the road looks empty. About 2 seconds later, a car drives by in the distance.
During the first shot of Centre Point at Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street, on the left side of the screen, a man can be seen changing the bags of a dustbin to the right of the stationary lorry.
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Errors in geography 

The blockade is supposed to be situated North East of Manchester. Yet during the scene when Jim escapes back to it, the signs read Blackpool and Fleetwood, and also shows signs for Lancaster and the Lake District. These signs are only seen on the M6, running to the West of Manchester.
Frank drives his taxi through the Blackwall Tunnel because "it's the most direct route to the other side of the river." They start on the north side of the river and head north toward Manchester. Going through the Blackwall Tunnel would actually take them south.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Rage can spread from human to animal or animal to human, by biting, or infected blood landing in the victims mouth, eyes, or nose. The movie has no infected dogs or birds of prey. The virus may require a host closely related to humans, like the chimps from which the outbreak originally began. This is reinforced when the film shows uninfected horses.
The recording about the "answer to infection" mentions the M602, 26 miles outside of Manchester. The UK uses Imperial measurements for distances, so the use of "miles" is correct.

Plot holes 

The beginning of the movie explains that the Rage Virus makes people lose a lot of blood. When Jim is walking around the destroyed hospital and streets, there is no blood anywhere.
When Jim and the 3 others go into the Budgens grocery store to pick up supplies before they leave London, after 28 days, the smell of the inside of the grocery store would have been so repulsive, if not on the verge of a bio-hazard in itself, due to all the rotting, fermenting and decomposing milk, dairy, fish, poultry and meats, that as soon as they walked into the store would have, at the very least, make their faces wince at the stench and at the very most would have made them turn around and leave the store immediately due to the intolerable and unventilated pungent odor.

Revealing mistakes 

About eleven minutes in, someone walks up a distant sidewalk. Since Jim is calling out for someone, that person would've heard Jim, or Jim would've seen him. Clearly, the person is not part of the movie.
In a shot across the deserted Westminster Bridge, the traffic lights at the junction of Bridge Street and Victoria Embankment are red. However, the national power grid has been shut down.
After leaving the hospital, when Jim stands at the bottom of steps at the junction of Carlton House Terrace and Waterloo place, someone is walking down the hill on the right.

Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Towards the end of the movie, Hannah crashes the car through the gate. In the next scene, the car is undamaged.

Continuity 

When the Jeep returns to the mansion after picking up Jim, Selena, and Hannah from the roadblock, two soldiers open the gate to let the Jeep onto the grounds. The black soldier is Private Mailer, the soldier tied up in the backyard. In the DVD commentary, Danny Boyle said he was so impressed with Marvin Campbell in the few small scenes he'd shot that he decided to cast Campbell as Mailer. All of Campbell's previous scenes were deleted, except the shot of him opening the gate.
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Continuity 

After Jim stabs Pvt. Jones with a bayonet attached to a rifle, Jones is shown falling forward onto the rifle. This would've caused further damage and possibly kill Jones in the process. However, seconds later, when Major West walks up to Jones to comfort him, not only is Jones still alive, but laying on his back and the rifle nowhere to be seen.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Frank has been shot and the soldiers are approaching his body, you can see a cameraman lying down at the right of the screen in front of a concrete block. He's clearly visible for about three seconds.
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Errors in geography 

The jet flies east up Honnister Pass in the Lake District. The farm is on the coast of Ennerdale, which is west of Honnister.

Revealing mistakes 

When the soldiers are marching Jim and Sergeant Farrell off to shoot them, they are standing by piles of dead people. A few of the dead victim's chests are rising and falling.

Revealing mistakes 

When Jim walks into his old house, his dead mother and father are in bed, holding a picture of him. Their nails hint that they've been dead for awhile, but the skin hasn't turned color.

Revealing mistakes 

In the alternate ending, after Jim dies in the hospital, he clearly breathes as Selena stoops over him.

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