28 Weeks Later
Runtime: 1 hr 39 min
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring: Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Mackintosh Muggleton, Imogen Poots, Harold Perrineau, Robert Carlyle, Catherine McCormack, Idris Elba
The movie is an adrenaline-pumping ride.
Review by: SteveRhodes
Added: 8 years ago
28 WEEKS LATER, with a new director, new writers, and an all new cast, is the sequel to one of the best thrillers in some time, 28 DAYS LATER. Using the same machine gun pacing and rapid (and rabid) editing, 28 WEEKS LATER is nothing if not exhilarating. With nary a slack moment, it rushes to its circular conclusion, which sets up for -- one supposes -- a 28 MONTHS LATER. Although 28 WEEKS LATER is satisfyingly entertaining, it isn't anything special and is certainly not as good as the original.
When the action starts this time, Don (Robert Carlyle) and his wife Alice (Catherine McCormack) are holed up with a few other survivors in a boarded up cottage in the middle of nowhere in England. So far as they know, they are the only uninfected survivors of the virus that turned the rest of their fellow citizens into human killing machines. People carrying the virus have an uncontrollable rage that forces them to eat other human beings, who instantly become infected too. It is a vicious cycle that has not yet been broken.
As they are sharing a peaceful meal, their dining is interrupted by crazed zombies who have discovered the hiding place. It becomes every man and woman for themselves, as they try to escape and run for their lives, quite literally.
Well, as luck would have it, Don (Robert Carlyle) makes it to the river, where he escapes in a power boat. His wife and the rest of the house's inhabitants all appeared to have perished.
We then cut to 28 weeks later, when all of Britain has long since been declared virus free by the U.N. In London, there is an eerie calm, as helicopter gunships patrol the deserted streets. In one small contained zone in the city, British citizens are slowly being allowed to return.
Don, who now works as the head of maintenance, or some such title, has a keycard permitting him full access to all areas. Apparently, he has been awarded special privileges, since the first kids allowed back into the country are his children, Tammy (Imogen Poots), a girl of about 17, and Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton), a lad of perhaps 12.
What the kids do for the narrative is to be characters who are stupid enough to violate all of the security protocols and secretly venture into the forbidden zone. Since the U.S. military and the U.N. -- but not you and I, of course -- believe that all of the infected humans in the country are dead, the idea of a containment zone is more of a precaution than strictly a necessity.
Where do the kids go? You guessed it -- to their old house. Will they find mommy alive? And, if they do, would that be a good thing?
The rest of movie after this point becomes more of a traditional cat-and-mouse chase picture, with the bad guys chasing the good and with the U.S. military being painted as heartless for feeling the need to exterminate the population again so that the country can attempt to become virus-free.
The movie is an adrenaline-pumping ride, which is marred by repetition and by sometimes excessive use of its signature blurry pan. In 28 DAYS LATER, as we learned in the special features section of the DVD, the filmmakers tried on various endings until they found one that they thought fit the story properly. Suffice it to say that the ending they went with in 28 WEEKS LATER manages to be both lame and confusing.
28 WEEKS LATER runs 1:39. It is rated R for "strong violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity" and would be acceptable for teenagers.