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Overall Rating
3.57

Awesome: 25%
Worth A Look43.18%
Average: 11.36%
Pretty Bad: 4.55%
Total Crap: 15.91%

7 reviews, 46 user ratings


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28 Weeks Later
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by EricDSnider

"Further proof that you should never go to England."
4 stars

One of the eerie things about "28 Days Later," the remarkably scary zombie flick from 2003, was its ominously open ending. Yeah, some of the main characters had survived, but the so-called "rage virus" that had turned nearly every person in England into a frenzied killing machine had not been cured or contained. The story was far from over.

"28 Weeks Later" moves forward 6 1/2 months to show what came next, and though the original writer and director are gone (director Danny Boyle has stayed on as a producer), their replacements maintain the same grim tone and overcast skies (literally and figuratively). The sequel feels cut from the same cloth as its predecessor, and is nearly as good.

Most of England's population was either killed by the zombies or became zombies themselves, at which point they starved to death when the food supply (i.e., other people) ran out. With Great Britain's being an island having effectively quarantined it, the virus didn't spread worldwide, and now London is slowly being rebuilt. A few thousand people have been let back in to a safe zone called District 1, on the Thames River's Isle of Dogs, with tall apartment buildings, a few shops, and 24-hour electricity. Life is sort of starting to kind of get back to normal, except for the strong military presence in the form of U.S.-led NATO troops to maintain order.

Two young people are among the returning refugees: 12-year-old Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton) and his older sister, Tammy (Imogen Poots), the children of a District 1 administrator named Don (Robert Carlyle). Scarlet (Rose Byrne), the kindly American nurse who screens them for viruses before they enter, tells Andy he's now the youngest person in the country. Andy and Tammy are thrilled to see their father again, but sad to know their mother didn't make it. Don's account of why that is doesn't quite line up with what really happened, either.

Obviously, the mere fact of the film's existence means there's going to be a new outbreak of the zombie-making rage virus, but the creepy specifics of how that comes to be are chilling. Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who wrote the screenplay with three other men, is not content to merely rehash the plot of the first film, the way many sequels do. He breaks new ground, going in unexpected directions to find delightfully twisted new details: how the virus reappears, the cowardice that sometimes emerges in a crisis, the horrifying things that can go wrong when a government tries to control something it doesn't understand.

We end up with Andy, Tammy, Scarlet the nurse, and an American soldier named Doyle (Jeremy Renner) leading a small band of people on the run not just from the zombies, but also from the military's ill-conceived methods of containing the problem. (Is there an Iraq metaphor in the film? Some have said.) Recall that these are not zombies in the strictest sense, because they are not the reanimated dead. These are living people who have been infected with a virus that renders them animalistic and savage -- but they still have all the strength, agility, and speed of regular people. Which means you can't just walk briskly away; you gotta outrun 'em.

Fresnadillo paces the film well: slow, then fast, loud, then quiet. Some scenes are thrilling rather than scary; others result in sheer wide-eyed terror. (The film is especially smart with regard to knowing when to play music and when to remain silent.) With handheld cameras and natural-looking digital-video photography, he presents the crisis in a realistic way, with all the chaos and claustrophobia an outbreak like this would cause if it really happened.

The ending (except for a fantastic final shot) is rather anti-climactic, and there are minor plot holes. I don't think I cared quite as much about these characters as I did the heroes of the first film, either. I gripped my armrest when their lives were in jeopardy, though, and I came out of the film with a few more gray hairs than I had going in. It's been a dry year for horror so far, so this burst of well-made suspense is a welcome relief.

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User Comments

10/06/11 David Hollingsworth One of the better than average sequels 5 stars
1/15/09 FrankNFurter Outrageously violent,disturbing shock-fest.Like Dawn of the Dead for the new millenium! 5 stars
1/15/09 Peter North 5 boner salute......all that blood got my member cranking!!! 5 stars
11/26/08 Leo T utter crap 1 stars
10/21/08 David Hollands Light years ahead of the boring, pretentious, and stupid original. 5 stars
9/24/08 PAUL SHORTT EVEN FOR A ZOMBIE GHOUL FILM, ITS IDIOCY IS BEYOND THE PALE 1 stars
8/31/08 AnnieG Average for a sequel, but not much of a horror flick. 3 stars
8/26/08 Stevo Just one thing; WHY does the director seem to think we British can't look after ourselves? 1 stars
6/06/08 Jessay Too many plotholes, not nearly as good as the original. 2 stars
4/17/08 David There are NO zombies in this movie! Zombies are corpses. 5 stars
2/09/08 Vercious This is crap compared to the first one. Some of it was tolerable though. 2 stars
1/26/08 matthew Some decent thrills and good acting by Carlyle. script is lousy and the rest of cast wooden 3 stars
1/13/08 T -dawg 1st was way better 2 stars
1/10/08 Ethan Reeser That movie sucked 28 weeks from sunday. 1 stars
11/12/07 Alec Predictable, but still pretty good. 4 stars
10/30/07 Beau this was awesome!! it was a great action packed thriller, highly entertaining!! 4 stars
10/14/07 David Pollastrini better than the original! 5 stars
10/13/07 Carlos This mpvie was ok 1st was way better 3 stars
10/11/07 Vagile Part 3 please. 5 stars
9/10/07 966 Not as good as the 1st but GOOD!!! Love the musical score, who did it? 4 stars
8/13/07 lyna ok i dont understand the ending yo but it was good 5 stars
7/03/07 William Goss A worthy sequel that's thrilling in its own right. 4 stars
7/02/07 Tanya g Excellent movie I enjoyed this just as much as the first one 5 stars
6/26/07 Johnnathan love tha movie, 28 weeks rocks! nuff said 5 stars
6/15/07 Anthony G 100% better than the first piece of garbage. 4 stars
5/29/07 Mike My favorite movie,The musical score,brilliant. 5 stars
5/29/07 damalc almost as good as the original 4 stars
5/23/07 Cammo Hell of a Film !!! 4 stars
5/21/07 finc Wasn't that great, tension on par but that was it 3 stars
5/19/07 Joseph Don't waste your time and money watching this one. 1 stars
5/17/07 prince This movie is in my top 3 best horror movies 5 stars
5/17/07 Austin Wertman sucked 1 stars
5/17/07 Marlena Not quite as good as the first. But worth seeing once. 4 stars
5/17/07 Childe Roland Starts out very well, ends up being irritatingly awful. Good gore, but that's about it. 2 stars
5/16/07 Dave Days was better 1 stars
5/15/07 Blizz Yeah, movieman is stupid. 4 stars
5/14/07 Matt Awesome By far one of the best horror movies in a while!!!! 5 stars
5/14/07 Sista Ironside brianorndorf is a moron, this is a FILM not a "movie", fantastic! 4 stars
5/13/07 Wesley Eddings Easily one of my favorite horror movies ever. 5 stars
5/13/07 Jefenator More sensational than "Days" but it maintains most of the cool bleakness. 4 stars
5/13/07 danny I love it 5 stars
5/13/07 Charone "The Stand," a literary masterpiece?!?!?! That voids your entire review, brian.. 4 stars
5/12/07 Ole Man Bourbon Entertaining but often nonsensical 4 stars
5/12/07 MP Bartley A relentless, tense, desolate nightmare. This is how the world will end: screaming..... 4 stars
5/12/07 Adrian I love me some zombies. 5 stars
5/11/07 Dan boring... 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  11-May-2007 (R)
  DVD: 09-Oct-2007

UK
  11-May-2007

Australia
  10-May-2007




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