28 Days Later

Corrected entry: 28 days later is a matter a fact a sequel to a film called J"Primate" about how the infection began with the monkeys. When 28 weeks later is released next year, it will actually be a trilogy, though not many people know about the first movie.


Correction: I can't find any film called Jprimate, or anything relevant called "primate", for that matter. IMDb link or other verification?

Corrected entry: After coming out of his coma, Jim is walking around what is supposed to be a deserted London. But while he's walking down the street you can see people off in the distance, on the far right of the screen moving back and forth watching the filming. (00:09:35)

Correction: I have watched that particular scene lots of times and there is no one there, only lamp posts.


Corrected entry: If the rage virus takes hold of people within seconds, then how is it possible for the virus to spread to other towns, cities, etc? It couldn't, unless people could still drive, or walk long distances.

Correction: Why not? There's nothing to suggest that people infected stay in the same town they were infected in. In fact, the sheer lack of people in London at the start of the film (there are a lot of infected there, but not the millions of people who actually live in London, especially taking into account refugees from other parts of the country) strongly suggests that the infected disperse quite widely. The attack on the mansion later in the film also shows that the infected roam around the countryside.

Gary O'Reilly

Corrected entry: Jim takes a very curious route to get from St Thomas' Hospital (where he wakes up) to Piccadilly Circus (where he reads the messages that have been stuck up on the hoarding). He gets there by going past the Bank of England - a detour of at least a couple of miles.

Correction: I don't see how this is a mistake - he's alone and wandering without any clear idea of where he's going, so there's no problem with traveling in curves or zigzags rather than straight lines.


Corrected entry: The jet flying by in the last scene has not been in service for decades. It's a vintage 1950's collector's item.

Correction: Perhaps this was the only technology available to whoever was flying it. After all, we don't KNOW what else was happening around the world throughout the film; that's part of the point of it. Who knows what's been going on?


What plane was it I'm trying to figure out?

At first I also thought it was an F86, but upon closer inspection I was able to rule that out. It might be an F84 - just too hard to tell because you can't get a clear enough shot of the aircraft.

Its a BAE Systems Hawk.

Also Finland is a sparsely populated place with a pretty cold climate so a disease like that wouldn't really survive that well.

Correction: I think it's a BAE Systems Hawk which the FAF (Finnish Air Force) actually uses as a trainer and reconnaissance aircraft. So they might have actually used an actual Finnish jet in this scene. At first it might appear as Mig 15 or Mig 19 but with slow motion you can clearly see the pointy nosecone which is not present in a Mig nor did the FAF ever even use Mig 15 or 19s.

It is a Hawker Hunter.

Correction: Not trivia - almost everything's a bigger hit in the US, due to the vast size difference between the two countries.

Corrected entry: In the first bit of the film, when Jim is wandering through a London apparently emptied by a killer virus, there is a shot of him walking up the street away from the Houses of Parliament. Unfortunately, as well as him, you can clearly see a black-clad figure walking much further up the road in the distance. It's impossible to imagine that Jim wouldn't see this survivor, or be seen by him/her and try to find out what's going on.

Correction: There WERE other survivors, not to mention infected people, around.

Corrected entry: The film was apparently filmed entirely using a DV cam because of its small budget ($8 million).


Correction: This was actually done to provide a more realistic feel, instead of the smoothness of a real movie camera. Whether budget entered into it, I know not, but if you watch the making of the film, this is what they say.

Corrected entry: Watch the scene where Jim, Selena, Frank and Hannah spend the night at the ruins. After Jim's nightmare the group gets back in their taxi and continues their journey to the 42nd blockade. The last shot in this scene is of the taxi driving away and we hear Frank saying 'Door' to Jim. After this there are a series of shots of the taxi driving down the motorway. Watch the 2nd shot closely; as the taxi moves past the screen look at the back passenger window where either Selena or Hannah should be sitting. You will see a person with long red hair and a white top. It can't be Selena for obvious reasons and Hannah doesn't have ginger hair or a white top.

Correction: It's not Hannah, and as you said, obviously not Selena. It's luggage that has been moved from the trunk (boot) to the inside of the car, and is likely a white shirt, and something red, like a jacket, hanging from a hook inside the car.

Corrected entry: Watch the window carefully at the final climactic battle/escape in the film, inside the army outfit's mansion. There is a quick shot (which requires using the forward button in slow motion) of the rain "falling" upwards as the shot reverses. Simple editing error.


Correction: The rules of this site are quite straightforward - if you have to use slow motion to spot a 'mistake', it is invalid.

Corrected entry: Britain is a Nuclear Power. As soon as the UK Government "lost control" of its nuclear weapons, it is a safe bet that a large chunk of the US Navy would have been sitting off the coast to prevent any weapons falling in to the wrong hands. While the exact capabilities of their Electronic Warefare Ships is classified, if a taxi driver in London could pick up the Majors signal, they certainly would too.

Correction: The military uses something similar to a spectrum analyzer to visually monitor broad swaths of RF spectrum at a time. In other words a ships radio room can monitor the entire radio spectrum in real time with an analog spectrum scope as well as a digital FFT display, they would see his RF signal as a trace on an FFT waterfall display or a peak on an analog spectrum scope and then simply tune to that frequency. My equipment is over 25 years old so I'm sure they have much greater capability then I do and I have the capability of monitoring from 0.1Khz to 6Ghz in real time which easily covers the entire civilian broadcast frequencies they would be using. The moment they started broadcasting NATO would have known about it. Triangulating their actual position would have taken a while but they were broadcasting their position as well as giving directions so that solved that problem.

Correction: Yes, but not instantaneously. It would likely take just a little while to get there, plus you have to consider that the transmission was picked up on a radio. Just because the Majors signal was out there does not mean it will be found, especially if the US military isn't looking for it. I am sure they would be a lot of other procedures to go through before scanning radio stations for a hidden signal.


Corrected entry: When Frank and Jim are on the rooftop and Frank is talking about collecting rainwater, you can see covered containers among the receptacles. You won't collect too much rainwater with a covered plastic box. (00:39:00)

Correction: He covers the containers between showers to prevent them from evaporating. You won't collect much rainwater if you let it evaporate away.


Corrected entry: When Jim is in the boiler room with the other soldier waiting to be executed, the soldier is talking about infection not being able to cross the oceans and seas. This is later proved to be the case when we see the fighter jet scouting the area. One problem with that. There is, however, a way for infection to cross the sea. Euro Tunnel was built before the movie came out, and it connects England to France. The infected could have run through that, and there goes Europe. Since the tunnel was a means of escape, people would try to use that to get out of England and not destroy it. Even if someone had thought about destroying the tunnel one of the key points of the movie was that people were caught off-guard by infection, so they couldn't have. There wouldn't be time to destroy it.

Correction: The soldier also says something to the effect that the rest of Europe would quarantine England rather than risk infection. We know that England knew the infection was going on (rather than being overrun before being able to react), we know that at least some places put up resistance, and it's highly likely that other countries were trying to help with rescue efforts (the prime minster and his cabinet, as well as the Royal family, and anyone else they could get). The Channel Tunnel isn't something you could run through in a few minutes, and it's likely that London was one of the last places to fall (after all, it's the capital). France probably blocked up the tunnel as soon as the nature of the infection was realised. They wouldn't need to destroy it, just a 3ft concrete wall at their end of it, with soldiers posted as guards.

Gary O'Reilly

Corrected entry: In the scene where Frank and Jim are on the roof of Frank's apartment all the buckets are empty because it has been so dry (10 days since the last rain according to Frank). This lack of rain is a major reason they choose to head out for the military base. Yet in the next scene, taking place shortly after the roof scene, they drive out of the garage directly onto a very wet street. The chances that it rained and then stopped in the hour or so between the roof scene and driving scene seems pretty slim given the drought situation.

Correction: It is actually possible for rain to be that quick. Living in Brisbane, we sometimes have quick rain pockets where it can rain and make the paths and roads wet in a matter of minutes and then go back to being either overcast or even sunny. In the scene when they are on the roof it is very overcast so there is a goood possibility there may have been a quick downpour before they left.

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Corrected entry: In the closing minutes of the film, the Infected begin to starve to death as some of the characters predicted. But wouldn't they have died of thirst within three or four days of being infected (especially through using so much energy), rather than several weeks by starvation?

Correction: The infected don't live the whole 56 days, just as Jim is not in the coma for the whole 28 days. The first generation of zombies infect the second generation during the initial panic. The second generation arises and hunts any survivors, receiving hydration and nutrition from their blood and flesh. Fewer third-generation infected arise because there are fewer hosts for the virus in the area, and there is an even smaller fourth generation and so on. Therefore, though the first generation would have long since died, the newer generations can extend the threat of infected because they have become infected relatively recently.


Where is it stated that they devour survivors? Or are a few bits from biting each person enough to sustain them?

Corrected entry: During the course of the movie, the characters kill the infected by beating them to death with machetes, bats and things of that nature which seems like a pretty dangerous way to kill people who have a blood infection. Shouldn't they be shooting from far away like the soldiers did?

Correction: The UK has very strong gun control laws. The civilian characters simply don't have access to guns.


Corrected entry: At the end of the film when the plane flies over the British countryside, there is a shot of two infected people dying of starvation. The first one seen is lacking the telltale red eyes. (01:41:35)

Correction: No, but he does have white eyes, suggesting that when the infected starve and therefore die their eyes change colour.

Corrected entry: How come the whole of London has been trashed, but the four central characters come across a branch of Budgens where the shelves are stocked fully and in perfect order? Is this a comment on no one going to Budgens? (In which case why hasn't the company sued the film makers for libel?) (00:45:20)

Correction: We can assume that the infected run around London with one objective: find someone & attack them. The people in the supermarket would keep out of the way of someone coming down the road looking to maim & kill; so unless the infected saw someone in the shop, there'd be no reason for them to try to get in there.

Corrected entry: Aeroplanes fly over England the whole time - particularly over London. So why is it that Jim only notices one when he's lying in the wood near Manchester - several days after he has woken up?

Correction: Not many aeroplanes are flying since the world is supposedly infected. Only a few fly around, and Jim happens to see it. Notice that at the end, the plane is in fact a military jet.

It is later stated in the film that in fact only mainland Britain was infected and quarantined and the fact that in the sequel, NATO soldiers swooped in to occupy the island means that the rest of the world is in great shape. Instead, the reason why not many planes are flying overhead is because there is no reason for commercial jets to be below cruising altitude over London since there is no air traffic control to direct them. Most planes flying overhead would be well over 30,000 feet in the sky.

Corrected entry: If someone wakes up from a coma after 28 days, they wouldn't just stand up and walk away. In fact they would have tremendous problems getting up and would probably collapse. (00:06:45)

Correction: This applies to all mistakes regarding Jim's coma. There is no indication at any time that it lasted the entire 28 days. It is conceivable that he went into the coma maybe a week before the story begins, obviously after the epidemic started but before it could cause widespread havoc and evacuation in London, and at the time he went under reports had been coming in but the true nature was not known so life was continuing as normal, or close.

So he had to be informed of the state of the country via exposition dump because...?

Continuity mistake: The chain and collar vanishes from Mailer's neck as he runs into the mansion. (01:33:45 - 01:35:20)

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Trivia: Megan Burns (Hannah) grew up to form a band named Betty Curse. Their music can be found here: http://www.myspace.com/bettycursemusic.


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Question: Aren't distances in Europe designated in kilometers? Col. Henry West says he and his men are located 27 miles NW of Manchester. I figured he'd use the equivalent distance in kilometers,43 km. Is this common in Europe to use either measurement?

Answer: The metric system is used in mainland Europe, but very rarely in Britain. Road signs are still measured in miles in Britain, and distances usually are too.

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