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28 Weeks Later has a stronger story line [than the original], equally fine performances, greater tension, enough gore to satisfy the most hard-core zombie fan, and a narrative pace that flings us from the opening scenes to the very last image.
28 Weeks Later doesn't just recycle the premise, apocalyptic mood and insane violence of the original: It adds thematic layers to its zombie milieu, deepening the scares while justifying the sequel's existence.
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has no problem re-creating the first film's naturalistic sense of dread and lurking menace and embellishing it. It's all shot on the run, with handheld cameras, mostly in the half-light of ruins and sewers.
There's no better fun for movie lovers than a small, unheralded film that turns out to be terrific -- unless it's a small, unheralded sequel that trumps the original. Such is the case with 28 Weeks Later.
Like 28 Days Later, this movie boasts a chilling atmosphere. The first film had a nightmarish "Could this really happen?" vibe running through it, boosted by the jittery photography and naturalistic acting. The new movie shares that feeling.
It's an experience for the smart part of your brain as well as its more reptilian corners. We can enjoy the aesthetic qualities, even as we cringe pleasurably from the shock-and-awe entertainment values.
Bloodier and more action-filled than the original, Weeks nevertheless stays faithful to the grim, grimy tone director Danny Boyle established in his 2002 film with its haunting shots of a metropolis turned into a tomb.