R | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
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: 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.
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.
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."
$2,401,663 (Europe) (1 November 2002)
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