A group of animal liberation activists breaks into a laboratory in Cambridge to free a group of chimpanzees that are being used for animal testing. Unknown to the group of activists the chimpanzees are carrying a highly contagious virus called “Rage” that induces maddening aggression. Shortly after the containment breach, the virus runs rampant across Great Britain. Twenty-eight days later Jim, a bicycle courier, awakens from a coma at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. As Jim stumbles around the abandoned hospital searching for any signs of life only to find evidence of the prior catastrophe. During his search for help, he is discovered by a group of rage-infected humans, as Jim begins to panic he is rescued by a pair of survivors Selena and Mark. Wanting to check on his family, Jim convinces the group to travel to Jim’s parent’s house in Deptford to discover Jim’s parents committed suicide. The group decides to spend the night at Jim’s parent’s house, later that night the group is attacked and Mark sustains an injury to his arm that gets infected blood in it. Once infected Selena is forced to kill Mark, leaving Her and Jim alone in a barren world struggling to survive the violent masses as well as their inner turmoil and suffering.
Releasing early in the 2000s wave of the zombie media craze 28 Days Later was met with a box office success that made over $85.7 million worldwide. The film held 87% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average 7.4/10 rating. While most zombie/infected-centered films are constant knife-edge tension, 28 Days Later succeeds at making a character-driven drama that dangles the viewer at the edge of their seat. Cillian Murphy provides excellent performance in one of his earlier works spring boarding him into stardom as he would go on to play in major titles such as Batman Begins, Red Eye, Inception, and Peaky Blinders. 28 Days Later would also spark a 2007 Sequel titled 28 Weeks Later as well as a graphic novel 28 Days Later: The Aftermath.
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