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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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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.
There isn't much acting here, but there is entirely too much vomiting, and the prose turns laughably purple, too.
Even though I knew the scares were coming, I jumped out of my seat a few times.
As eerie as the first and probably more scary.
Combines traditional B-movie virtues -- economy, invention, sinewy narrative spine -- with the eerily resonant spectacle of a 21st-century metropolis stripped of its citizenry.
Under Fresnadillo's assured direction, 28 Weeks Later blurs the line between genre entertainment and a photojournalist's shots of the next urban catastrophe.
I like smart storytelling, and this was really interesting...fresh and realistic.
Calling it an unadulterated exercise in nihilism might be an understatement.
While 28 Days Later is undeniably violent and bloody, the sequel revels in pouring on extra gore.
A damn worthy follow-up to an unexpectedly excellent chiller.
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.
With its expertly paced thrills, unrelenting terror and apocalyptic despair, 28 Weeks Later ain't a bad roller coaster to ride.
Despite some good clean zombie fun, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo gets a little preposterous with 28 Weeks Later.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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