Posted on 7/24/07 12:17 AM
While on the whole an interesting sequel, it invested too much time in bloody gore and lacked all the appropriate people emotion that made the original so haunting. Where in the original I could not keep my eyes away from the screen, even during the bloody parts, there was quite a few times I turned away during this film - if only to avoid the screaming and spurts of blood.
Perhaps there's something to be said in not investing in characters - but, in the end, it's what drives the story and what makes us interested in how it ends at all. In these films, of course, what it has going for them is the concept of a pandemic, so we're forced to think outside the box and outside just an individual's story, instead taking in the story as it affects the whole. That's great and all - but the way it was approached here just detracts from the film's merits, given that we cannot help but associate it with the nature and focus of it's predecessor.