28 Days Later... (2002)

R   |    |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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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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  • Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later... (2002)
  • Danny Boyle in 28 Days Later... (2002)
  • Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later... (2002)
  • Director Danny Boyle
  • Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later... (2002)
  • Marvin Campbell is the infected peering through the window at Luke Mably (front).

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16 July 2004 | soymaid327
the one thing
The one thing that made this movie effective... well, let me back up. Ever have a nightmare where you're being stalked, or otherwise threatened, and you could die, and it's scary as hell? I mean, the absolute worst? Now, think: have you ever had a nightmare where someone you love was already dead, and you knew it, you saw it?

It's infinitely worse.

This movie recognizes that. There is some action, yes, mostly towards the end, but what makes this movie one of the scariest I've seen is its method of accessing the deepest fears in all of us -- not fear for ourselves, of our own deaths, but for others, our families and loved ones, and the utter, complete loneliness if they were to simply be gone forever. This is a post-apocalyptic movie that really drives in the impact of the idea, to devastating effect. It makes everything more engaging: the characters feel more real (though this is also due to the excellent script), the danger more immediate. But this is not a things-pop-out-and-scare-you horror movie. It's a film that will haunt you.

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Did You Know?


Ewan McGregor was the original choice to play Jim, but he and director Danny Boyle had a falling-out at the time over The Beach (2000), in which McGregor was supposed to play the lead until he was replaced by Leonardo DiCaprio (they have since reconciled). After that didn't work out, the role was offered to Ryan Gosling, who had a scheduling conflict.


Activist: Bingo.
Activist: Fucking hell.


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.

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.

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."


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Godspeed You! Black Emperor (as Godspeed You Black Emperor)
Appears courtesy of Kranky, Ltd.
Written by Efrim Menuck, David Bryant, Roger Tellier-Craig, Thierry Amar, Mauro Pezzente, Aiden Girt, Bruce Cawdon, Sophie Trudeau and Norsola Johnson
Published by Rough Trade Publishing


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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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