Thoughts on... 28 Days Later (2002)

28 Days Later..., 2002.

Directed by Danny Boyle.

Starring Cillian Murphy, Noah Huntley, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns and Christopher Eccleston.


A virus sweeps across Britain, turning the population into raging creatures. Four weeks later, a man in a coma awakes to find the country in a dire state.

Before discussing 28 Days Later... (2002) it's worth addressing an issue that has caused considerable debate - is this a zombie film? Technically, the answer would be no - these are humans who have been infected by a virus. They crucially aren't reanimated dead such as the now familiar zombies found in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) and subsequent sequels, and they're also not the voodoo-esque zombies from earlier cinematic offerings such as White Zombie (1932). The creatures in 28 Days Later... are simply diseased humans; however, they do exhibit zombie-like behaviour. Although these aren't technically zombies, the film does share some
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