28 Weeks Later

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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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Six months after the original epidemic, the rage virus has all but annihilated the population of the British Isles. Nevertheless the U.S. Army declares the danger past, and American soldiers arrive to restore order and begin reconstruction. Refugees return to British soil, but one of them carries a deadly secret: The virus is not gone and is even more dangerous than before.

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Idris Elba
Gen. Stone
Amanda Walker
Sally
Jesús Olmo
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Enrique López Lavigne
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Enrique López Lavigne
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Danny Boyle
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Alex Garland
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  • May 07, 2017
    The 21st century has been flooded with films and TV shows about zombie apocalypses, so it's difficult for any of them to stand out and feel completely fresh. But there's something about the '28' series that really hits well for me. There's something so glorious about seeing the streets of London be a wasteland that only occupies a select few living and undead. Similar to how the Cloverfield films are related but not directly tied in, 28 Days Later is a prequel of sorts, but the characters and plot are entirely different. 28 Weeks Later picks up after London is deemed safe and virus free, as the undead have starved to death after the events of the previous film. Of course, apparently it was a good idea for the military to reoccupy London and start building up a civilization again, even though it was the center of disaster only a half a year earlier. Implausible probably, but we've never really seen an apocalyptic series that attempts to go back and restart civilization from the same area. Usually we either see everything as the apocalypse is going down, or maybe several years later. So, in that way I like what the film tried to do. I also found the cast to be quite impressive. Not only do you have some nice lead turns from Robert Carlyle and Catherine McCormack, but you have Idris Elba, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, and Imogen Poots before they became famous. All of which, do a wonderful job in roles that aren't necessarily flushed out. That partly because it's only 100 minutes long, but mostly because the film never takes a breath. That could lead to pacing and character issues, but with a non-stop action-horror, it actually works to the benefit of the experience. Adding to that experience are running zombies. Yeah, I'm looking at you every other horror film, it's cool to make them run. But perhaps the biggest compliment I can give to the film is its utterly unpredictable. With a horror film, you expect there to be an ample amount of deaths, but the way in which Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directs the deaths is terrifyingly unexpected. And when you can't see where the terror is coming from in a horror film than you're in for something special. In all, 28 Weeks Later improves upon 'Days' scares, story, characters, and plot to make for one exciting entry in the horror/sci-fi/drama genre. +Great performances +Terrifying and unexpected scares +Refreshing take on apocalyptic zombie flicks +Unpredictable 9.0/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2015
    The story is not quite up to snuff in comparison to Days, but the visual quality is way better.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2013
    A solid sequel that delivers more gore and thrills but less humanity and food for thought. 28 Weeks Later is smartly realized by showing us a wide cast of characters on their different roles after the apocalypse featured on 28 Days Later. It's very interesting to see how each "division" of society reacts when the shit hits the fan but unfortunently we don't spend much time with the characters. It also holds some unpredictability to who will die and stay alive during the movie, bringing some nice surprises while it lasts. Asides from a couple silly scenes, the movie escalades to great action set pieces, always focused on the characters and the arc it built before.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2013
    Lacking the originality and ingenuity of "28 Days Later", as suspected, "28 Weeks Later" is not the sequel Danny Boyle fans were waiting for. Although the idea of quarantine and zombie apocalypse is a well versed topic, mainly by the popular series "Resident Evil", the retread is justified by above average cinematography, a stellar ensemble cast, and enough action to keep one interested, delivering on the most basic of levels. With an early Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, and Robert Carlyle, the characters are at least entertaining to watch. But with no real attachment to any of the characters and a death toll that leaves little hope for anyone, there's a giant lack of anything to hold on to as the film sloshes through the usual steps. With an open ending, I am really hoping they decide to let this one die out.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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