28 Days Later…

June 27th, 2003








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28 Days Later…

28 Days Later...Still of Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later...Danny Boyle at event of 28 Days Later...Marvin Campbell is the infected peering through the window at Luke Mably (front).Still of Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later...Naomie Harris (front) and Cillian Murphy

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

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.6/10 (147,394 voted)

Critic's Score: 73/100

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston

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.

Cast:
Alex Palmer - Activist
Bindu De Stoppani - Activist
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 - Jim's Mother
Alexander Delamere - Mr. Bridges
Kim McGarrity - Mr. Bridges' Daughter
Brendan Gleeson - Frank
Megan Burns - Hannah
Justin Hackney - Infected Kid

Taglines: Be Thankful For Everything, For Soon There Will Be Nothing...

Release Date: 27 June 2003

Filming Locations: Badminton House, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £1,500,079 (UK) (3 November 2002) (318 Screens)

Gross: $82,719,885 (Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
The scene when Jim finds the money on the steps and picks it up, was based on a photograph Danny Boyle had seen of Cambodia after Pol Pot had been driven out.

Goofs:
Factual errors: Major West's SA80 fires many more rounds than would likely be in the magazine. Although this is a widely used technique in movies, most hand held weapons only give less than a minute of fire, before they need to be reloaded

Quotes:
[first lines]
Activist: Bingo.



User Review

A modern classic.

Rating: 9/10

Perhaps I'm a little biased. After all, this is set in the city I live and work in, and seeing Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus, which I pass by every morning and which are usually teeming with crowds of people, completely empty was enough to send shivers down my spine. Usually when you watch a movie like this it's located in some nondescript Midwestern village, which makes it easy to detach yourself from the events unfolding on screen. But seeing them occur in the place you call home is something that gives it an entirely new sense of reality, and one I was previously unaccustomed to.

Still, judging 28 Days Later entirely on its merit as a film, it's easy to arrive at the conclusion that it's a fantastic achievement, as well as a coming-of-age of sorts for director Danny Boyle; I can't say the MTV-inspired vanity of The Beach, or the self-consciously trendy posturing of Trainspotting appealed to me, and to my shame I initially expected 28 Days Later to be given a similar treatment. Thankfully, my fears proved unfounded, discarded straight after a opening sequence which is at once effortless and fearsome. The rest of the movie was a joy. A terrifying joy, but a joy nonetheless.

It's true that sometimes minimalism can be more effective than overblown bravado, and it's definitely true for this movie. It's the scenes of complete silence which get to you the most; an entire metropolis empty. The grainy picture serves to add a documentary-style quality to the film, which makes the whole situation seem almost too real to bear. Definitely a wise choice to film this on digital video.

You will occasionally meet people who thought 28 Days Later wasn't 'scary' or 'gory' enough. These are the same people who will tell you that 2001 was 'boring', or that Memento was 'confusing'. Ignore them. Others didn't understand the purpose of the second half, or were confused by its change of pace, feeling that it distracted from the movie as a whole. However, I personally regard the second half as very important because, as another reviewer pointed out, it makes a very succinct point: What is scarier, the end of the world, or having the world repopulated by maniacs? That, I think, is where the real Horror of 28 Days Later lies.

28 Days Later, like the Romero zombie flicks of yore, is ultimately an allegory of the days we are living in, an age in which we are constantly confronted with violence by the media (much like the ape right at the start of the film), where violence begets violence, and humanity faces an uncertain future. I applaud Danny Boyle's bravery in making 28 Days Later because he undoubtedly took a big commercial risk when the majority of the cinema-going public might prefer escapism to words of caution. Remember, Rage is a human-made disease. Quite the allegory there.

Like most great masterpieces of their time, 28 Days Later has been misunderstood by a considerable amount of people. I have no doubt it will go down in history as a classic, the one movie which perfectly sums up the confused era we are living in. And even if you didn't like it, it would be advisable to give 28 Days Later another chance; it's a haunting experience when looked at from the right angle. Danny Boyle has many years left in him, I hope he'll continue making more movies like this.




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