28 Days Later

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28 Days Later is a 2002 horror film about a bicycle courier who wakes from a four-week coma to find himself among a handful of survivors of a virus that induces homicidal rage.

Directed by Danny Boyle. Written by Alex Garland.


Jim

  • [Believing Jim to be infected, Selena tries to kill him, but hestitates; Jim's response:] That was longer than a heartbeat.
  • Oh, great. Valium. Not only will we be able to go to sleep — if we get attacked in the middle of the night, we won't even care.
  • [Frank has decided to leave London by driving through a tunnel.] No, no. No, this is really a shit idea. You know why? Because this is really, obviously a shit idea.
  • [Walk through the empty streets of London:] Hello?!
  • There's always a government! They're in a, a bunker, or a plane!

Selena

  • It started off as rioting. But right from the beginning you knew this was different, because it was happening in small villages, market towns... and then it wasn't on TV anymore. It was on the street outside. It was coming through your windows. It was a virus, an infection. You didn't need a doctor to tell you that. It was the blood, or something in the blood. By the time they tried to evacuate the cities, it was already too late. The infection was everywhere. The army blockades were overrun, and that's when the exodus started. The day before the TV stopped broadcasting, there were reports of infection in Paris and New York. You didn't hear anything more after that.
  • Look, if someone gets infected you've got between ten and twenty seconds to kill them. It might be your brother or your sister or your oldest friend. It makes no difference.
  • Plans are pointless. Staying alive is as good as it gets.
  • [On finding an abandoned, and full, supermarket] Let's shop!
  • You'll never hear another piece of original music, ever again. You'll never read a book that hasn't already been written or see a film that hasn't already been shot.
  • [After fending off the soliders by kissing one of them, thus changing the balance of power] If you want us to get changed, you have to leave the room. Okay? It's just polite.
  • [Last line] Do you think he saw us that time?

Frank

  • You wouldn't think it — needing rain so badly. Not in fucking England.
  • [by a display of apples, the store's only undecayed produce] Mmm... irradiated.

Major Henry West

  • Secondary to protection, our real job is to rebuild. Start again.
  • This is what I've seen in the four weeks since infection: people killing people. Which is much what I saw in the four weeks before infection, and the four weeks before that, and before that, as far back as I care to remember- people killing people. Which, to my mind, puts us in a state of normality right now.
  • Since it began, who have you killed? You wouldn't be alive now if you hadn't killed somebody.
  • [Just before shooting Jim] You killed all my boys.
  • The answer to infection. Well, as I said before, it's here- though it may not be quite what you imagined.
  • Eight days ago, I found Jones with his gun in his mouth. He said he was going to kill himself because there was no future. What could I say to him? We fight off the infected or we wait until they starve to death... and then what? What do nine men do except wait to die themselves? I moved us from the blockade, and I set the radio broadcasting, and I promised them women. Because women mean a future.
  • [About Private Mailer] The idea was to learn something about infection. Have him teach me. (Jim asks, "Has he?") In a way. He's telling me he'll never bake bread, plant crops, raise livestock. He's telling me he's futureless. And eventually, he'll tell me how long the infected take to starve to death.
  • Have you met our 'new age' sergeant? Our 'spiritual guru'? Tell me, Farrell, why exactly did you join the Army in the first place?
  • Flat terrain all around the house. Floodlights, which we've rigged up to a generator. High perimeter wall, which helps. And we've been lacing the ground with trip wires and land mines. You wouldn't want to mow the lawn, but if they get in, we hear them.
  • ...and lastly, meet Mailer. Mailer, Jim. Jim, Mailer. Got infected two days ago. Mitchell managed to knock him out cold and get a chain around his neck.

Mark

  • My parents and my sister, we went to Paddington Station, hoping we could get on a plane, maybe we could buy our way onto a plane. I remember my Dad had all this cash, even though cash was completely useless. About 20,000 other people had the same idea. The crowd was surging. I lost my grip on my sisters hand. I remember the ground was soft. I looked down and I was standing on all these people. Like a carpet. People had fallen and... Somewhere in the crowd there were infected. It spread fast. No one could run. All you could do was climb. Climb over more people. So I did that. I climbed. And I got on top of this kiosk. Looking down you couldn't tell which faces were infected and which weren't. Then I saw my Dad. Not my Mum or my sister. My Dad. His face...Selena's right. You should be grateful.
  • A man walks into a bar with a giraffe. They both get pissed. The giraffe falls over. The man goes to leave and the barman says, "Oi. You can't leave that lyin' there." And the man says, "No. It's not a lion. It's a giraffe.
  • Ok, Jim. I've got some bad news.
  • There's no government. No army. No police. No TV, no radio, no electricity. You're the first uninfected person we've seen in six days.
  • So, lesson one: you never go anywhere alone unless you've got no choice. Lesson two: only travel during daylight unless you've got no choice.

Others

  • Infected Kid: [Only words spoken by an infected person] I hate you!
  • Sgt. Farrell: When you look at the whole life of the planet, we — you know, man — has only been around for a few blinks of an eye. So if the infection wipes us all out... that is a return to normality.
  • Sgt. Farrell: Think... actually think about it. What would you do with a diseased little island? They've quarantined us! "There is no infection, just people killing people"... he's insane!
  • Sgt. Farrell: [Upon hearing the sound of a landmine detonating outside] STAND TO! STAND TO!
  • Soldier on Land Rover: Three survivors- one male, two female. I repeat, one male, two female. ETA, fifteen...put the kettle on.
  • Soldier at the Blockade 1: [Yelling, referring to Frank] Stay away from him!
  • Soldier at the Blockade 2: [Yelling] Keep away from the body!

Dialogue

[A researcher tries to dissuade animal-rights activists from releasing his chimpanzees.]
Researcher: The chimps have been infected. They're highly contagious. They've been given an inhibitor.
Activist: Infected with what?
Researcher: In order to cure, you must first understand...
Activist: Infected with WHAT?
Researcher: Rage.

Mark: A man walks into a bar with a giraffe. They both get pissed. The giraffe falls over. The man goes to leave and the barman says, "Oi. You can't leave that lyin' there." And the man says, "No. It's not a lion. It's a giraffe."
[Jim doesn't respond]
Mark: Completely humorless. You two should get on like a house on fire.
Selena: So who are you? You're from the hospital.
Mark: Are you a doctor?
Selena: He's not a doctor he's a patient.
Jim: I'm a bicycle courier. I was riding a package from Farringdon to Shaftesbury Avenue and a car cut across me. And I wake up today in hospital. I wake up and I'm... I'm hallucinating or I'm...
Mark: What's your name?
Jim: Jim.
Mark: I'm Mark. This is Selena. Ok, Jim. I've got some bad news.

Jim: What about the government? What are they doing?
Selena: There's no government.
Jim: Of course there's a government! There's always a government! They're in a, a bunker or a plane.
Mark: No. There's no government. No army. No police. No TV, no radio, no electricity. You're the first uninfected person we've seen in six days.

[Jim wants to go and look for his parents.]
Jim: Look, I have to find them. They live in Deptford. I can walk it, okay?
Selena: What, you'll go and come back, yeah?
Jim: Yes!
Selena: You won't! No one ever comes back.
Mark: So, lesson one: you never go anywhere alone unless you've got no choice. Lesson two: only travel during daylight unless you've got no choice. We'll take you tomorrow. We'll all go and find your dead parents together, okay?

[Shortly after Selena has killed the newly infected Mark.]
Jim: How did you know? I mean, how did you know he was infected?
Selena: The blood.
Jim: Yeah... but there was blood everywhere. It was on me, it was on you —
Selena: Look, I didn't know he was infected, okay? He knew. I could see it in his face. Look, if someone gets infected you've got between ten and twenty seconds to kill them. It might be your brother or your sister or your oldest friend. It makes no difference. And just so you know where you stand — if it happens to you, I'll do it in a heartbeat.

Selena: What's up?
Jim: Nothing. Got a headache.
Selena: Bad?
Jim: Yeah, it's pretty bad.
Selena: Well, why didn't you say anything before?
Jim: Well, because I didn't think you'd give a shit.

[Selena and Jim are staying at the flat of an uninfected father and daughter.]
Jim: So, what do you make of them?
Selena: Well, they're desperate. Probably need us more than we need them.
Jim: I think they're good people.
Selena: Good people?
Jim: Yeah.
Selena: Well, that's nice. but you should be more concerned about whether or not they're gonna slow you down.
Jim: Right. Because if they slowed you down —
Selena: I'd leave them behind.
Jim: In a heartbeat.
Selena: Yeah.
Jim: I wouldn't.
Selena: Then you're gonna wind up getting yourself killed.

Jim: You think I don't get it, but, um, I do get it. And I know I'd be dead already if I hadn't met you.
Selena: Sure.
Jim: No, look... I mean, thank you.
Selena: And I mean "sure."

Frank: : I can't leave the block if it's just the two of us. Something might happen to me. Hannah'd be alone. I couldn't risk it. But with other people...
Selena: We could die trying, Frank.
Hannah: [entering] Or die here. And anyway, it isn't true, what Dad said. You need us the same as we need you. We need each other. And we'll never be safe in cities. The soldiers could keep us safe. So we have to try and get there.

[Everyone has trouble sleeping — except Selena, already fast asleep.]
Jim: [shaking Selena's shoulder] Hey, Selena!
Selena: [startles up, knife in hand] What? What is it?
Jim: How did you get to sleep?

Jim: Do you know what I was thinking?
Selena: You were thinking that you'll never hear another piece of original music, ever again. You'll never read a book that hasn't already been written or see a film that hasn't already been shot.
Jim: Um, that's what you were thinking.
Selena: No. I was thinking I was wrong.
Jim: About what?
Selena: All the death, all the shit, it doesn't really matter to Frank and Hannah, because... well, she's got a dad and he's got his daughter. So I was wrong when I said staying alive is as good as it gets.
Jim: See, that's what I was thinking.
Selena: Was it?
Jim: Mm-hmm. You stole my thought.
Selena: [she kisses him on the cheek] Sorry.
Jim: It's okay. You keep it.

[The group has been taken in by the soldiers responsible for the radio transmission.]
Major Henry West: So, you heard our broadcast.
Jim: Yeah, we did.
West: We must be a disappointment. You were hoping for a full brigade. An army base, with helicopters and a field hospital.
Jim: I was just, uh, hoping for —
West: "The answer to infection."
Jim: Yeah.
West: Well, as I said before, it's here... though it may not be quite what you imagined.
Jim: Just feel very lucky to have found you.
West: You were lucky. The fire drove hundreds of infected out of Manchester. The surrounding area is teeming with them. But don't worry- you're quite safe here.

[West brings Jim to the infected soldier Mailer, kept chained in the yard.]
West: Got infected two days ago. Mitchell managed to knock him out cold, and we got a chain around his neck.
Jim: You're keeping him alive?
West: The idea was to learn more about infection. Have him teach me.
Jim: And... has he?
West: In a way. [he kneels near Mailer, inducing a fit of groaning and thrashing] He's telling me he'll never bake bread, plant crops, raise livestock. He's telling me he's futureless. And eventually, he'll tell me how long the infected take to starve to death.

[The soldiers defend the compound against an attack by the infected.]
Jones: Mitch! I fucking got one!
Mitchell: What do you want, a fuckin' sweetie? Keep shooting, you cunt!

[After Frank has been killed, referring to Hannah.]
Jim: How is she?
Selena: [bitter chuckle] Well, she's lost her dad, Jim. That's how she is.

[Selena is crying.]
Jim: Hey, don't do that. Look, Hannah is what Frank said she is. She's tough and she's strong. And she'll cope, just like I'll cope and just like you'll cope.
Selena: I don't want her to have to fucking cope! I want her to be okay.

West: I promised them women.
Jim: What?
West: Eight days ago, I found Jones with his gun in his mouth. He said he was going to kill himself because there was no future. What could I say to him? We fight off the infected or we wait until they starve to death... and then what? What do nine men do except wait to die themselves? I moved us from the blockade, and I set the radio broadcasting, and I promised them women. Because women mean a future.

[Facing rape and brutalization from the soliders, Selena is trying to give Hannah some pills]
Selena: Okay, you're gonna eat these, Hannah, okay? Come on, you eat these. Eat these.
Hannah: Are you trying to kill me?
Selena: No, sweetheart. I'm making you not care.

[Hannah, seeing Jim and Selena in a clinch, rushes in and breaks a bottle on Jim's head.]
Selena: Hannah! It's okay. He's not infected.
Hannah: But I thought he was biting you.
Jim: I was kissing her! Are you stoned?
Selena: It's a long story.

Notable written phrases

[Note: These do not reflect spoken quotations but are nevertheless notable phrases seen written over the course of the movie.]
[Graffiti on church wall.]
REPENT THE END IS EXTREMELY FUCKING NIGH.

[Suicide note from Jim's parents, written on the back of a photo of Jim.]
"With endless love, we left you sleeping. Now we're sleeping with you."
(signed) X.
P.S.- Don't wake up.

Taglines

  • The Days Are Numbered
  • Be Thankful For Everything, For Soon There Will Be Nothing...
  • Day 1: Exposure - Day 3: Infection - Day 8: Epidemic - Day 20: Evacuation - Day 28: Devastation
  • Goodbye
  • His fear began when he woke up alone. His terror began when he realised he wasn't.

Cast

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