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28 Days Later... (2002)


Written by Tim Dirks

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28 Days Later... (2002, UK)

In director Danny Boyle's zombie horror film and post-apocalyptic tale of a plague, filmed with low-resolution DV (digital video) camcorders - in a three-sectioned story that was a composite of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), and Day of the Dead (1985), although the zombies in this film were very fast-moving creatures:

  • in the pre-credits sequence, animal rights activists and eco-terrorists in the UK broke into the Cambridge Primate Research Centre - a laboratory and medical research facility where they liberated chimpanzees from their confined quarters and cages; unfortunately, an enraged primate whose blood was infected with the 'rage virus' was also released and immediately lunged at and bit the neck of one of the female activists; her eyes turned red and she became a maniacal zombie - promoting the virus' spread by vomiting blood and gooey bile into another person's face; an epidemic of the highly contagious, aggression-inducing virus rapidly spread
  • in the opening scene after the title credits, 28 days later, bicycle courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) awoke from a coma in an abandoned hospital (where he was being treated for an accident), and wandered out to find London completely deserted and evacuated, with haunting views of a virus-ravaged landscape
Jim Wandering Deserted London Streets
  • in the first sequence of attack, after Jim entered a church balcony, his first view was of the pews below that were covered with rotting dead bodies; when he innocently asked: "Hello?", a few of the corpses were jolted to life and glanced hungrily at him; at the same time, he was assaulted by a determined, fast-moving, arm-flailing, infected zombie priest (Toby Sedgwick)
  • other memorable attack scenes occurred in a tunnel after getting a flat tire in Frank's (Brendan Gleeson) cab, and during the release of infected soldier Private Mailer (Marvin Campbell) (who had been kept chained up and under observation) in a fortified mansion - the headquarters of perverted Major Henry West (Christopher Eccleston) who was leading a group of renegade soldiers in Manchester

Infected Activist at Primate Centre

Dozens of Dead Bodies Littering the Floor of a Church

Jim Assaulted by Fast-Moving Infected Priest

Assault by Zombies in a Tunnel While Changing a Flat Tire


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