28 Weeks Later... Reviews
Overall, the 90 minutes of virus outbreak is acceptable; however, the likability of many a character is low. Aside from the introduction, there is a solid stretch of buildup before the storm, which is a tad tedious.
The second half makes a push to redeem itself with some violence and action. The carnage is bloody violent, although the camerawork during a lot of these segments serves as a distraction.
Notable faces fill out the cast. Robery Carlyle is a standout performer. Rose Byrne is a delight with her role. Jeremy Renner is a bit of a surprise cast for his character.
28 Weeks Later is a mixture of positives and negatives, but when all the running comes to an end, it is a watchable sequel.
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.
Six months have passed since the outbreak of the rage virus and Britain has now been emptied. There's nobody there. It's completely dead. Now the American army occupy the cities and have plans to start bringing the country back from it's infestation. But, of course, something goes wrong...
As story arcs go, this film is pretty unconventional, where instead of our protaganist Don (Robert Carlyle), being heroic and macho, he is actually quite sensitive and cowardly, and that's only the opening scene. Things get much worse. Right from the beginning, we are thrust into some unbearable kinetic excitement and Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnidillo does a fantastic job with his handheld camerawork. A highly effective technique in placing us closer to the action. Carlyle delivers a good performance in what is a very underwritten role, but then zombie flicks dont normally spend a lot of time on characterisation. I just wish someone would give Carlyle a role that best fits this great actor's talents. Despite the underwritten roles though, the cast still make you care enough for them which is at least something considering there are gaping plot holes which are laughable at times. However, there's no denying some first-class action and suspense set pieces, namely the opening chase scene and the darkened train tunnel with only a night vision scope as our means of seeing anything.
Visceral and exciting, the way a zombie film should be, and a fine second installment in what is being touted as a possible trilogy.
The only thing that's missing from the original is the parallel between the rage virus inflicted attackers and the brutality and rage of the main male character and his enemies, at the end of the movie. Everything else is just as good, or improved.
Well, everything except the one specific zombie who seems unnaturally intelligent and obsessed with two characters in the movie. Super Zombie didn't fit at all into the "rules" of the movie, and seemed like an unnecessary plot device. That minor complaint is virtually my only one, though.
28 Weeks is brutal, intense, and more frightening than its predecessor, with the scenes in the crowded parking garage and the pitch black subway tunnel REALLY standing out. The simple story moves along briskly, with no superfluous moments to distract from the tension. The tone is understandably different (there is a new director, after all), but I don't think that the slight change hurt the movie at all. I loved the cast, and the ending is one of the best I've ever seen in a movie of this kind.
Any time that I feel like a movie went by too quickly, I know it's a fantastic one. And that's exactly the impression that 28 Weeks Later left me with, even the second time around. It's less deliberate and more action-focused than 28 Days, but only the most stringent fan of the first movie will have an issue with that.