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

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writer:

Alex Garland
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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 ... Mr. Bridges' Daughter
Brendan Gleeson ... Frank
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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Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Athletes were cast as the Infected because of how important physicality is to them. Danny Boyle felt that since athletes can do things other people can't, they would be interesting when translated into the movements of the Infected. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Hannah and Selena are sent back upstairs to the bedroom, lightning is visible through the window. But you can tell it's a bulb light flashing then dimming. 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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A.M. 180
Written by Jason Lytle
Performed by Grandaddy
Courtesy of V2 Records, Inc.
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP) on behalf of V2 Music Publishing Ltd.
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28 Days Later
12 March 2005 | by movie_personSee all my reviews

This, I have to say, was one of the better viral-zombie films I have seen. The plot was highly un-original, but extremely well made. The acting was powerfully preformed, the filming having many "diagonally tilted camera view" scenes, giving off more suspense, without the reliance on the overly used "scary music". Also, the addition of the alternate ending gave a strong closing to the film. This is the kind of movie that you end up feeling physically drained after seeing your first time. It will suck you in until the end, every time. I seriously recommend seeing this if you enjoy zombie films, you will not be disappointed.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,061,858, 29 June 2003

Gross USA:

$45,064,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,720,385
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Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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