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Synopsis

After breaking into a primate research facility, a group of animal rights activists discover caged chimps chained up before banks of screens displaying horrifying, violent images. Ignoring the warnings of the terrified researcher who maintains that the chimps are infected, they begin to free the animals and are immediately subjected to a bloody attack from the enraged creatures. Twenty-eight days later, Cycle courier Jim awakes from a coma in the deserted intensive care unit of a London hospital. He wanders out into a church where he finds dead bodies piled in heaps on the chapel floor. A sudden explosion from a makeshift bomb heralds the arrival of fellow "survivors" Selina and Mark. They take Jim to safety and explain to him that this infection is transmitted by blood and overwhelms the infected victim with a murderous rage within seconds. Britain has been overrun, and they have no way of knowing if it has spread worldwide. Their only hope of survival may lie in the hands of a Manchester group of soldiers, as they claim to have the "answer" to infection and invite any survivors to join them at their blockade. Faced with no practical alternative, the group sets out northwards, unaware that the worst is yet to come.

Cast

  • Alex Palmer
  • Bindu De Stoppani
  • Jukka Hiltunen
  • David Schneider
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Toby Sedgwick
  • Naomie Harris
  • Noah Huntley
  • Christopher Dunne
  • Emma Hitching

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Trivia

  • For the scenes on the motorway, the production got permission to shoot on the M1 on a Sunday morning between 7.00am and 9.00am. The police gradually slowed traffic in both directions. Using 10 cameras, the filmmakers managed to capture a total of one minute of usable footage.
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Goofs

  • When Jim is walking through London,the clock on Big Ben says 8:15. In the next shot, it says 6:40.
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Quotes

    • [Hannah comes from behind and breaks a bottle over Jim's head as he kisses Selena]
    • Selena: Hannah, it's okay! He's not infected.
    • Hannah: But I thought he was biting you.
    • Jim: Kissing. I was kissing her. Are you stoned?
    • Selena: It's a long story.
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Metacritic

88

Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland plumb the violence of the mind with slashing wit and shocking gravity. Happy nightmares.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
88

But this smart, genuinely creepy movie also feels Ireal/I, which is why its horrors hit so hard. Fans of the scary stuff, run, don't walk.

Metacritic review by Rene Rodriguez
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
88

In place of elaborate sets, clever filmmaking gives the impression of a central London emptied of people and cars, to eerie effect - and this opening reel is nothing short of magnificent.

Metacritic review by Megan Lehmann
Megan Lehmann
New York Post