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A group of animal rights activists come across caged chimps chained up before banks of screens showing violent images upon breaking into a primate research facility. Despite warnings of the petrified researcher who explains that the chimps are infected, the activists begin to free the animals and are soon thereafter subjected to a bloody attack from the infuriated creatures. 28 days later, Cycle courier Jim awakes from a coma in a deserted intensive care unit of a London hospital. Fellow survivors Selina and Mark, explain to him that this infection is transmitted by blood and overwhelms the infected victim with a murderous rage within seconds. Faced with no practical alternative but a radio signal from Manchester, the group sets out northwards, unaware that the worst is yet to come.

With a minuscule budget of 8 million dollars, Director Danny Boyle provides a more than satisfying post-apocalyptic setting for this heart-pounding sci-fi thriller. From beginning to end this surprisingly well-done grainy picture will have moviegoers squirming in their seats. Capturing the innocence of the human spirit as well as the demonic subculture among isolated boys/men, Boyle evokes the reality of an apocalyptic land ravaged by disease and uncertainties. 

Although you shouldn't be expecting a detailed plotline for a horror flick, 28 Days Later does skimp out on the scientific facts a little more than conventional thrillers. But if box office patrons can overcome the lack of details, they can be guaranteed a hair-raising scary adventure.

The Movie begins with common horror movie clichés, blood thirsty zombies (villians) and the unsuspecting protagonist trying to discern his idiosyncratic environment. But, as the movie progresses beyond the zombie-terror-bloodbath you begin to root for humanity and the movies core group of characters. For instance, the shopping market scene however simplistic in nature, serves as a turning point for the movie. Up to that point in time the movie was all about their survival (like most other films of this genre), but soon thereafter the focus turns to the survival of humanity.

Watching the characters transform as the movie progresses is a refreshing surprise and something I wasn't expecting, as the movie was booked as a "scare you out of you seat" thriller. If you can overcome this thrillers scientific simplicities and are looking for one of the scariest movies of the year then look no further.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

The Stand (1994, TV Mini-Series)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Omega Man (1971)

House of the Dead III (2002, Xbox Video Game)

Resident Evil (Video Game Franchise and subpar movie)

Stephen King (Popular novelist)

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Box Office Info:

Cillian Murphy (as Jim)
Naomie Harris (as Selena)
Noah Huntley (as Mark
Brendan Gleeson (as Frank)
Megan Burns (as Hannah)

Directed By: Danny Boyle
Written By: Alex Garland
Produced By: Fox Searchlight Pictures

MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and nudity

Release Date (US): June 27, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 48min

Filming Location: London, England

Budget: $8,000,000

Opening Weekend: $10,061,858

28 Days Later Soundtrack

28 Days Later Soundtrack
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1. The Beginning
2. Rage
3. The Church
4. Jim's Parents (Abide With Me)
5. Then There Were 2
6. Tower Block
7. Taxi (Ave Maria)
8. The Tunnel
9. AM 180 - Grandaddy
10. An Ending (Acent) - Brian Eno
11. No More Films
12. Jim's Dream
13. In Paradisum
14. Frank's Death-Soldiers (Requiem In D Minor)
15. 'I Promised Them Women'
16. The Search For Jim
17. Red Dresses
18. In The House-In A Heartbeat
19. The End
20. Season Song - Blue States
21. End Credits
22. Season Song (Rui Da Silva Remix)
23. Taxi (Ave Maria) (Jacknife Lee Remix)

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