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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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Danny Boyle

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Alex Garland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Palmer ... Activist
Bindu De Stoppani ... Activist
Jukka Hiltunen Jukka Hiltunen ... Activist
David Schneider ... Scientist
Cillian Murphy ... Jim
Toby Sedgwick ... Infected Priest
Naomie Harris ... Selena
Noah Huntley ... Mark
Christopher Dunne ... Jim's Father
Emma Hitching Emma Hitching ... Jim's Mother
Alexander Delamere Alexander Delamere ... Mr. Bridges
Kim McGarrity Kim McGarrity ... Mr. Bridges' Daughter
Brendan Gleeson ... Frank
Megan Burns Megan Burns ... Hannah
Justin Hackney Justin Hackney ... Infected Kid
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Storyline

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

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Be Thankful For Everything, For Soon There Will Be Nothing... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

28 Days Later... See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,500,079 (United Kingdom), 3 November 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,061,858, 29 June 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,064,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,654,970
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The tunnel sequence took two days to shoot. See more »

Goofs

Since the zombies in this movie aren't undead, or - presumably - physiologically altered in any significant way (the writers have said that they liked the idea of a plague that altered people psychologically instead), their metabolism must be more or less that of a normal person. Hence, they would die of thirst in a few days especially given the fact that they projectile vomit liters of blood at the time, or, if they drink, starve to death in a few more - especially since it doesn't seem that they eat who they kill, or much of anything else (we see no half-eaten corpses or anything like that, groceries are left untouched etc.). See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

Fox Searchlight attached an alternative downbeat ending to all 1400 US prints of the film, while it was still in U.S. release. The revised ending was the one that appeared in the original script, but the script's ending was ditched in favor of a happy ending after it did not test well. Director Danny Boyle decided "We can't do this to people, because it was such a tough journey anyway." See more »

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Referenced in Unknown White Male (2005) See more »

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Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Published by Jay Livingston Music, Inc. and St. Angelo Music
Admin. by Universal-MCA Publishing, a division of Universal Studios, Inc.
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An Existential Drama,with Horror woven in
10 August 2005 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

The 2003 State-side release of Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" was advertised as being a shockful scare-fest of a movie. I didn't get around to seeing it until a few days ago and I gotta feel like that was somewhat of an embellishment on the promoters' part.

When environmental terrorists attack a lab that contains diseased chimps who are infected with a "Rage" virus, they unwittingly let loose a plague that lays waste to England and(perhaps)the rest of society. The 28 Days later of the title cuts to a mostly abandoned London where a coma-tized bicycle courier named Jim(Cillian Murphy,effective) wakes from his stasis to find himself alone in a hospital. As he searches London for signs of life,he is rescued from raging zombies by a couple of survivalists(one of them,the lovely Naomie Harris)who he follows from place to place to keep alive. From there,he also meets a man and his daughter(Brendan Gleeson,terrific,and Megan Burns,good)and they try to find a refuge out of London-town. A recorded message of a "paradise" where "salvation" can be found is tracked by Frank(the man) on his shortwave radio.

This film feels more like a meditation on what happens to people when they are reduced to their lowest elements. A friend of mine told me that this movie's running zombies was what inspired the zombies in the remake of "Dawn of the Dead",but where "Dawn of..." was pretty much a full-throttle action/horror hybrid from about start to finish,this film plays more like a "What if..." movie,with less emphasis on the creatures themselves and more on the (lucky?) survivors. There are also disturbing lessons on the nature OF survival,too.

An very interesting and disturbing flick that probably sold itself wrong.


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