Great-Britain, a group of activists break into a Primate Research Center and liberate the caged monkeys. But the animals are infected with a rage-inducing virus that is passed on in blood and saliva and is devastating within seconds. 28 days later, accident victim Jim awakens in a completely deserted hospital. When he ventures outside, he discovers that London is eerily empty. Stumbling through the silent, abandoned landmarks of the city, he enters a church. There he is attacked by a rabid priest and saved by Selena and Mark, two of the few healthy people still alive. The cynical Selena explains that the virus has spread throughout the country and maybe even the world. Staying alive is as good as it gets.

After mainstream projects like A Life Less Ordinary and The Beach, director Danny Boyle returns back to basics by delivering a shocking, horrifying and visually stunning take on the end of mankind. The movie draws its inspiration from various sources of popular culture like novels, movies and even television disaster soaps. With an excellent cast, composed of Cillian Murphy, Naomi Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston and a screenplay by Alex Garland (The Beach), 28 Days Later is a truly scary and memorable viewing experience.

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