28 Days Later...

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Danny Boyle
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  10 wins & 31 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min


F***ing hell.

F***ing hell.

- Oh, God...

- Keep your sh*t together.

If you wanna get 'em out of here.

- I can pop these, no problem.

- So get to it!

Security, we have a break-in. Get the...

I know who you are.

I know what you think...

If you don't wanna get hurt,

keep your mouth shut and don't move.

The chimps are infected. They're highly

contagious. They've been given an inhibitor.

- Infected with what?

- To cure, you must first understand.

Infected with what?


- What is he talking about?

- Get the cages open.

No! No! No!

Listen, you sick bastard,

we're taking your torture victims with us.

We'll get you out of here.

The animals are contagious. The infection

is in their blood and saliva. One bite...

Stop... Stop! You've no idea!

Get it off! Help me!

Get it off! Get it off!

- What's the matter with her?

- You have to kill her!

Oh, my God!

- What's the matter with her?

- We have to kill her now!

Oh, God...









Father, are you OK?

Oh, shouldn't have done that.

Shouldn't have done that.


Over here!

- Over here!

- Come on!

Go, go, go!

Keep going!

- What the f*** is going on?

- Just shut up!

- Covered everything.

- Who are those people?

Let's go! Let's go!

- What the f*** is going on?

- Just move!

Come on!

Man walks into a bar with a giraffe.

They each get pissed.

The giraffe falls over.

The man goes to leave and the barman says

"Oi! You can't leave that lying there."

He says "No, it's not a lion. It's a giraffe".

He's completely humourless.

You two should get on like a house on fire.

So who are you?

You're from the hospital.

- Are you a doctor?

- He's not a doctor. He's a patient.

I'm a bicycle courier.

I was riding a package from Farringdon to

Shaftesbury Avenue and a car cut across me.

Then I wake up today in hospital.

I wake up and I'm...

I'm hallucinating or I'm...

What's your name?


I'm Mark. This is Selena.

OK, Jim.

I've got some bad news.

It started as rioting, and right from

the beginning you knew this was different.

Because it was happening

in small villages, market towns.

And then it wasn't on the TV any more.

It was in the street outside.

It was coming through your windows.

It was a virus.

An infection.

You didn't need a doctor to tell you that.

It was the blood.

There was something in the blood.

By the time they tried to evacuate

the cities, it was already too late.

The infection was everywhere.

The army blockades were overrun.

And that's when the exodus started.

The day before broadcasting stopped,

there were reports of Infection

in Paris and New York.

We didn't hear anything more after that.

- What's the government doing?

- There's no government.

Of course there's a government!

There's always a government.

They're in a bunker or a plane...

No, there's no government,

no police, no army.

No TV, no radio, no electricity.

You're the first uninfected person

we've seen in six days.

Where's your family?

They're dead. Like Selena's.

Yours will be dead too.

Look, I have to find them.

They live in Deptford. I can walk it. OK?

You'll go and come back, yeah?

- You won't.

- Yes!

No one ever comes back.

So lesson one.

You never go anywhere alone

unless you've got no choice.

Lesson two.

Only travel during daylight.

Unless you've got no choice.

We'll take you tomorrow.

We'll all go and find

your dead parents together, OK?


If you want her to slow down,

you'll have to say.

- If there's anyone...

- I understand.

- Anyone...

- I understand!




They died peacefully.

You should be grateful.

I'm not grateful.


parents and my sister,

we went to Paddington Station,

hoping maybe we could get on a plane,

maybe we could buy our way onto a plane.

I remember my dad had all this cash,

even though cash was completely useless.

About 20,000 other people had the same idea.

Crowd was surging.

I lost my grip on my sister's hand.

I remember the ground was soft.

I looked down

and I was standing on all these people.

Like a carpet. People who had fallen and...

Somewhere in the crowd

there were Infected. It spread fast.

No one could run.

All you could do was climb.

Climb over more people.

So I did that. I climbed.

And I got up on top of this kiosk.

Looking down, you couldn't tell

which faces were infected and which weren't.

Then I saw my dad.

Not my mum or my sister.

My dad.

His face...

Selena's right.

You should be grateful.

We don't have time to get back to the shop

before dark. We should stay here tonight.

My room's up at the top.

You two can have that.

No, we'll all sleep in the same room. It's safer.


- You're back.

- Yeah.

- How was it?

- Fine.

Give me a drink of that, will ya?

- It's empty.

- Ha!


I'll start working on them, then.

Mark! Mark!

Selena! Help!

It's clear.

- That's Mr Bridges.

- Were you bitten?

And his daughter. From four doors down.

- Were you bitten?

- No.

Did any of the blood get in your mouth?




Get that cleaned off.

Do you have any clothes here?

Um... I... Yes.

Then get them and get dressed.

We have to leave now.

More Infected will be coming.

They always do.

How did you know?

How did you know he was infected?

- The blood.

- There was blood on me. It was on you.

I didn't know he was infected.

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Alex Garland

Alexander Medawar Garland is an English writer and filmmaker. He rose to prominence as a novelist in the late 1990s with his novel The Beach, which led some critics to call Garland a key voice of Generation X. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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