Andy's Review of 28 Weeks Later...
28 Weeks Later...(2007)
[center][size=6][font=Garamond]28 WEEKS LATER[/font][/center]
[center][/size]director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo[/center]
[center]R, 101 minutes, Fox Atomic[/center]
[center]It was when thinking about the truly creeped-out brilliance that comes out of nowhere in the follow-up to [i]28 Days Later[/i] that persuaded me to create the successful sequels list that has preceeded this review. It is not often when a sequel gets things right enough to be worthy of being put alongside its predecessor, and it's even more rare when it can overcome the expectations, and [i]28 Weeks Later [/i]does it with a cast and crew that in no way resembles the first installment. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's vision brings an extremely frightening feel to this film that highly-touted Danny Boyle couldn't quite deliver in the first. He proves to be just what the series needed, elevating it into the top tier of zombie pictures, and becomes so effective that it actually makes the [i]Later [/i]seem better upon reflection. [/center]
[center]It can go without saying, but I will do it anyway. The film takes place 28 weeks after the first film left off, this time venturing inside London, where the U.S. Army is planning to make a small portion of the city and make it a place where the survivors of the first virus can start over anew. Every person is sort of shipped in like packages to the city, everyone tested to see if they are okay to live and start a new civilization, and there are high hopes and almost positive feelings that the virus is now 100% gone. The only trouble is, there wouldn't be a movie without this being entirely un-true. Robert Carlyle plays a father of two who barely escaped the clutches of the first virus, as shown in a genuinely terrifying opening sequence that had me cringing in angst, something I rarely ever do while watching a film. He makes it back to London and meets up with his two children, but has to inform them that their mother had been taken. But when she is miraculously found and taken in to be treated by a medical expert, played terrifically by Rose Byrne, it seems as though she is immune to the virus and could serve as some sort of cure to the epidemic. She is, obviously, the complete opposite, and when her family is told that she is being held in a military-held hospital, her husband quickly makes it there to see if it could possibly be true, seeing as he saw her being torn apart in front of his own eyes 28 weeks earlier. What ensues next will catapult another rage, this time creating a chaos that makes the first film seem like nearly nothing. [/center]
[center]Everything about this film is done just right, from the direction to the musical score to the cinematography, lighting, and even the terrific cast. Jeremy Renner plays the one soldier who is willing to think outside the box and help a group of scattered civilians, including Carlyle's children and Rose Byrne's character, get out of the city. There is terror lurking around every corner, just as there always is in zombie flicks, but this film really had me clutching the edge of my cup-holder throughout. There is enough story, blood and gore, taut direction, etc. to make every type of fan happy in this film. I don't think I've ever been this caught off guard by a sequel, and mainly because my expectations were little to none for a film with a cast and crew plate swiped completely clean. It is impressive, disturbing, harrowing, and just about any other creepy adjective out there. With another viewing I could easily see myself upping the rating to masterpiece level, especially in the horror genre. [/center]