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28 Weeks Later... (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 187
Fresh: 132 | Rotten: 55

While 28 Weeks Later lacks the humanism that made 28 Days Later a classic, it's made up with fantastic atmosphere and punchy direction.

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 11

While 28 Weeks Later lacks the humanism that made 28 Days Later a classic, it's made up with fantastic atmosphere and punchy direction.

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The devastating rage virus that annihilated the British Isles mysteriously resurfaces in Goya Award-winning director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's sequel to the Danny Boyle-directed horror hit that terrified audiences worldwide by offering a breathless new take on the familiar zombie mythos. Six months has passed since the rage virus caused British residents to indiscriminately murder and destroy everything in their paths, and now the U.S. military has declared victory in the war against the rapidly

Oct 9, 2007

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It's an exciting, well-directed thriller that, while providing more than enough action and gore to satisfy genre fans, also offers the political commentary that has characterized zombie movies.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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There isn't much acting here, but there is entirely too much vomiting, and the prose turns laughably purple, too.

June 20, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Even though I knew the scares were coming, I jumped out of my seat a few times.

May 21, 2007
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Under Fresnadillo's assured direction, 28 Weeks Later blurs the line between genre entertainment and a photojournalist's shots of the next urban catastrophe.

May 12, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Combines traditional B-movie virtues -- economy, invention, sinewy narrative spine -- with the eerily resonant spectacle of a 21st-century metropolis stripped of its citizenry.

May 12, 2007 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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Isn't the same thinking man's zombie film as its predecessor, but it ramps up the action and will leave you on edge enough that you'll be searching for a nightlight before going to sleep.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

With its expertly paced thrills, unrelenting terror and apocalyptic despair, 28 Weeks Later ain't a bad roller coaster to ride.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Apocalyptic zombie sequel isn't for the squeamish.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

deft and stylish

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

28 Weeks Later contains many elements from the first film while also packing a much stronger emotional punch and ferocious intensity.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Explicitly envisions Britain as a deserted combat zone

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

A worthy sequel that is recommended - even if you're tired of zombie flicks!

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Every bit as visceral and provocative as the original, but cinematographer Enrique Chediak's deserted London can't hold a candle to Anthony Dod Mantle's.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Certainly scary and nerve-wracking, but it's also ham-fisted and monotonous; to call Fresnadillo et al. powerful filmmakers would be like calling the movie's "infected" cannibals gourmet diners.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Fresnadillo's film is an undeniable triumph and one that horror fans will love for decades to come.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

The infected just seem to bite, spit blood, scream and repeat a little too much.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comments (2)
The Scorecard Review

A modern rarity: a smart, bloody, and truly horrific horror film.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Una digna segunda parte que mantiene el nivel de la original, de 2002, gracias a su ritmo inquietante, su nerviosa banda sonora y su escenario cuasi apocalíptico.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

If a heart-palpitating, seat-jittering gore fest happily gets your blood boiling, you'll indeed seethe infinitely more this time around.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Scarier and more visceral than anything I've seen in a long while.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This sequel takes its predecessor's derivative, remorseless premise and deepens it a bit, though I can't be alone in wondering why this, of all things, should be a franchise.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

More of the same, with decidedly mixed results.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

28 Weeks Later doesn't match the impact of its predecessor.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Comments (3)
Baltimore Sun

Besides exhilarating, terrifying action, what 28 Weeks Later achieves best is a mood of terror, vigilant fear, and high-alert tummy flutters. Worth every penny.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

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There's an unofficial rule living in the horror genre which is that every zombie movie that takes money has to have a sequel. Not only is this a sequel to a zombie-esque movie (the monsters in the film are technically rage infected humans) but it's predecessor 28 Days Later was absolutely brilliant, this had to be satisfying otherwise it would have been hated among audiences, critics and fans of the original forever. For me, this lived up to the low expectations and exceeded them. Althought the plot follows the exact formula of the original it takes a different approach, a very risky move but i'm glad it did. It's much more adrenalin fuelled than 28 Days Later featuring both faster direction and a lot more screaming and camera splatter. In doing that director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo gives up the discomforting silence and eery build up's that made 28 Days Later an absolutely terrifying experience. The characters aren't as developed as they were in it's predecessor and as a consequence it lacks the finishing human touch. It's nowhere near as intelligent or thought provoking as Danny Boyle's hit but it has a good amount of grotesquely yucky gore and entertaining action sequences. Overall it's a solid action horror flick that's designed fantastically and lit with dazzling cinematography. It also boasts one of the scariest opening sequences i've seen in years. After it finished it didn't stay on my mind in the same way 28 Days Later managed but whilst I was watching it I was entertained. It ticks all the essential boxes that a horror fan could wish for and in my opinion that's all it needed in order to be a satisfying sequel to a film that really couldn't be beaten.
November 23, 2012
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I know a lot of people that think this is inferior to the first film based on the "atmosphere" of the first movie. But, I actually like this one more, because it doesn't have long drawn out scenes of nothing happening, but instead is a true full throttle horror movie. This has probably the scariest opening scene I've ever seen in the theater. Not sure why, but the way the house is attacked, and the guy leaving his wife to die just really got me. I saw this in the theater and after the first five minutes I was like "holy crap this is a lot more intense than the first movie". Re-watching it now, five years later, this remains a very intense and brutal horror movie that exceeds the first movie by a lot. This picks up 28 weeks after the virus breakout and London is basically a ghost town. The U.S. army has helped get it ready for people to movie back in and start to rebuild the city, when an outbreak occurs. There's more to it, but that is the jest of it. Good performances by all the actors(keep an eye out for Jeremy Renner, aka Hawkeye), and the violence is just insane. This movie holds little back in terms of gore and going the extra step most horror movies(at least nowadays) won't go. I really like this film and I wish they would have made a third movie along to compliment this movie. Horror fans have to watch this, if you have a squeamish stomach then steer clear!
October 21, 2012
Everett Johnson

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I liked this one, its really haunting, eerie and a little scary as its filmed with pace, handheld cams and a gritty look. All this makes the whole thing feel really real and very graphic, it also adds to the haunting feeling, just like the first. The blood is gory and in your face but not overblown, the zombies are great...the running shots just make them so aggressive and terrifying, really hits the mark with the menacing soundtrack.

Basically the story is the usual thing, the infected get into the populace and bob's your uncle...everybody's up shit creek. The government try to kill everybody surprise surprise and fail, surprise surprise, a lot of people you thought would live, die and its all very spooky, especially the deserted London shots. How the hell they managed that I'll never know living in London myself.

Its the same plot really, the same kind of zombie movie as all the others basically, same blood effects, same outcome, same everything to be honest. The difference is the look and feel of it, it just works brilliantly visually and atmospherically. I thought this was gonna be a crappy sequel like so many other cash in's can be...I was soooo wrong, great horror, top darkhorse of a flick.
September 5, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

It is sadly not as good as 28 Days Later, however, it does stand out in certain areas. Its as intense, possibly darker and is more horrific. However, there is less emotional intensity that the first one succeeded in. Another flaw is that too much happened in fairly little time, it lacked a suspenseful pace. All those who enjoyed the original may not enjoy the sequel, but its worth a try for horror fans.
June 29, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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    1. Scarlet: You look a little pale.
    2. Sgt. Doyle: Blood makes me nauseous.
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