28 Days Later

28 Days Later

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Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson

     
 

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Animal rights activists free a group of infected chimpanzees to horrifying results in this speculative sci-fi horror effort from Trainspotting director Danny Boyle. Waking from a coma in a deserted London hospital 28 days later, bicycle courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) takes to the deserted city streets in a state of mystified confusion. Joining forces with anotherSee more details below

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Animal rights activists free a group of infected chimpanzees to horrifying results in this speculative sci-fi horror effort from Trainspotting director Danny Boyle. Waking from a coma in a deserted London hospital 28 days later, bicycle courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) takes to the deserted city streets in a state of mystified confusion. Joining forces with another group of survivors following a terrifying encounter in a seemingly abandoned church, Jim soon learns the truth behind the deserted streets and the menacing creatures that lurk in the shadows. It's soon revealed that the chimpanzees had been harboring a deadly virus that sends its victims into a furious, murderous rage, and in the days following the initial exposure, the entire population was nearly wiped out due to the resulting homicidal rampage. Is there still a glimmer of hope for humanity -- or has the deadly "rage" virus found its way to foreign shores and infected the entire planet?

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Just when it seemed zombie movies had been done to death, a stylish, intelligent jolt from director Danny Boyle springs the sub-genre back to life. 28 Days Later, based on Alex Garland's novel, employs the allegorical underpinnings of all the best zombie shockers. After an opening scene in which some misguided animal rights activists spring a dangerously infected primate from his lab cage, Boyle jumps four weeks ahead. A London bike messenger named Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakes from a coma to discover the city is virtually deserted, and he soon joins a few other survivors in a desperate fight against the "infected" -- people overtaken with a contagious, uncontrollable rage defined only by an imperative to infect. With due homage to George Romero's zombie classics, Boyle chooses to re-imagine rather than reinvent the genre: The infected, for instance, move with furious speed -- in stark contrast to Romero's lumbering undead. Inevitably, the story boils down to the genre's essential Darwinian mechanics, pitting the humane, thoughtful, and victimized against not only the infected but also the tough guys with big guns. Produced in the shadow of September 11, 2001 and released at the height of the world's SARS worries, the film inadvertently became very much a movie of its moment. Nonetheless, with its thoughtful perspective, gorgeous digital cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle, and effective genre trappings, 28 Days Later should stand the test of time. That is, it's so good it won't die.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Danny Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland (and Boyle's longtime collaborator, producer Andrew Macdonald) bounce back from the relatively big-budget debacle of The Beach with 28 Days Later, a kinetic low-budget horror film. The filmmakers gratefully acknowledge their debt to a bunch of classic horror and science fiction movies, especially George Romero's Living Dead films. There's even a kickass black woman (Naomie Harris) who saves the hero's neck like in The Omega Man. But 28 Days Later has its own style. Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (The Celebration) uses digital video surprisingly effectively, adding to the film's gritty immediacy, with a few nice surreal touches (e.g. the painted flowers along the road) thrown in. The dark inflections of John Murphy's bass-driven score help moves things along, too. The story is simple and lends itself to allegorical readings, with its somewhat pro forma anti-authoritarian slant. There are a few nicely played shocks, and some amazing, haunting images of a deserted, "Rage"-ravaged London. The recently comatose main character, Jim (Cillian Murphy), begins as a cipher, but gradually comes into focus thanks to Murphy's soulful performance, and his chemistry with the fierce Harris. Brendan Gleeson (Gangs of New York) maintains his excellent track record as a lovably gruff father vainly trying to keep some sense of normalcy in his young daughter's life. Things get a little ham-fisted in the last third of the film, bogging down a bit when the ragtag group reaches a military outpost in northern England and predictably finds something even worse than the diseased lunatics they're fleeing. But for the most part, 28 Days Later is a good, scary horror film, and a worthy successor to the forebears it references in nearly every frame.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
UPC:
0024543468172
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
22,697

Special Features

Commentary by director Danny Boyle and screenwriter alex Garland; Deleted scenes and alternate endings with optional commentary; Pure Rage: the making of 28 Days Later featurette; Jackknife Lee music video; Still photo galleries; Animated storybaords; Theatrical teaser and trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cillian Murphy Jim
Naomie Harris Selena
Brendan Gleeson Frank
Megan Burns Hannah
Christopher Eccleston Maj. Henry West
Marvin Campbell Private Mailer
Sanjay Rambaruth Private Davis
Ray Panthaki Private Bedford
Junior Laniyan Private Bell
Leo Bill Private Jones
Ricci Harnett Corporal Mitchell
Stuart McQuarrie Sgt. Farrell
Luke Mably Clifton
Justin Hackney Actor
Kim McGarrity Actor
Alexander Delamere Mr. Bridges
Emma Hitching Jim's Mother
Christopher Dunne Jim's Father
Toby Sedgwick Actor
David Schneider Actor
Jukka Hiltunen Actor
Bindu de Stoppani Actor
Alex Palmer Actor
Noah Huntley Mark

Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Graham Daniel Sound/Sound Designer
Rachael Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn Freemantle Sound/Sound Designer
Alex Garland Screenwriter
Chris Gill Editor
Bob Hollow Special Effects Supervisor
Andrew Macdonald Producer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Ray Merrin Sound/Sound Designer
John Murphy Score Composer
John Rodda Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Rolfe Art Director
Dennis Schnegg Art Director
Gail Stevens Casting
Richard Styles Asst. Director
Mark Tildesley Production Designer

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