A powerful virus is unleashed on the British public following a raid on a primate research facility by animal rights activists. Transmitted in a drop of blood and devastating within seconds, the virus locks those infected into a permanent state of murderous rage. With 28 days the country is overwhelmed and a handful of survivors begin their attempts to salvage a future, little realising that the deadly virus is not the only thing that threatens them.

Director's Statement

I like zombie movies but they come out of a particular period, a society paranoid about what might be the dirty result of nuclear weapons and power. I'm not a big aficionado of the genre, I like it a lot, but I love that Alex gave us a twist on the viral apocalypse theme - that this is not a clinical virus but a psychological one — so in the long run I feel there was respect for the genre but I hope that we freshened it up in some way.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Written by: Alex Garland

Produced by: Andrew Macdonald

Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle

Editing: Chris Gill

Production Design: Mark Tildesley

Costume Design: Rachael Fleming

Make-Up & Hair: Sallie Jaye

Original Score: John Murphy

Cast: Cillian Murphy (Jim), Naomie Harris (Selena), Brendan Gleeson (Frank), Megan Burns (Hannah), Christopher Eccleston (Jim's Father), Noah Huntley (Mark), Emma Hitching (Jim's Mother)

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2003
  • Feature Film Selection 2003