28 Weeks Later...

2007

28 Weeks Later...

Critics Consensus

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

71%

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Total Count: 193

67%

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User Ratings: 638,416
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Movie Info

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 spreading infection. As the reconstruction process gets underway and the first wave of refugees return to British shores, a family separated by the devastation is happily reunited. During the initial outbreak, Don Harris (Robert Carlyle) and his wife Alice (Catherine McCormack) sat holed up with a small band of survivors in a remote farmhouse. Their kids well out of harm's way at a remote boarding school, Don and Alice's outlook for the future is decidedly bright until all hell breaks loose in the country and Don just barely manages to escape the clutches of the infected. The joy of later seeing his son Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton) and daughter Tammy (Imogen Poots) as repopulation efforts get underway in London is short-lived, however, when an innocent bid to reconnect with the past sets into motion a tragic series of events. Now, just as society struggles to sort through the rubble and rebuild London from the ground up, the virus that nearly destroyed a nation strikes back with a vengeance. Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, and Harold Perrineau, Jr. co-star in the frightful sequel, which highlights the dangers of declaring victory in the calm before the storm.

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Cast

Rose Byrne
as Scarlet
Beans El-Balawi
as Boy in Cottage
Amanda Lawrence
as Carpark Civilian
Simon Delaney
as Carpark Civilian
Drew Rhys-Williams
as Carpark Civilian
Kish Sharma
as Depot Man
Stewart Alexander
as Military Officer
Philip Bulcock
as Senior Medical Officer
Tom Bodell
as Medical Center Lobby Soldier
Andrew Byron
as Carpark Soldier
Sarah Finigan
as Carpark Civilian
Jane Thorne
as Depot Woman
Chris Ryman
as Rooftop Soldier
Meghan Popiel
as DLR Soldier
Tristan Tait
as Soldier
William Meredith
as Medical Officer
Maeve Rya
as Carpark Civilian
Thomas Garvey
as Bunker Major
Ed Coleman
as Carpark Civilian
Karen Meagher
as Carpark Civilian
Matthew Reeves
as Bunker Soldier
Roderic Culver
as Carpark Civilian
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Critic Reviews for 28 Weeks Later...

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (52)

  • 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.

    Aug 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • There isn't much acting here, but there is entirely too much vomiting, and the prose turns laughably purple, too.

    Jun 20, 2007

    Rex Reed

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • Even though I knew the scares were coming, I jumped out of my seat a few times.

    May 21, 2007
  • As eerie as the first and probably more scary.

    May 19, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    Tom Charity

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • 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 | Rating: B+

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 28 Weeks Later...

  • 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
  • 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
  • Nov 16, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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