28 Weeks Later(2007)
A sequel to the brilliant 28 Days Later where Britain was quarantined after a zombie outbreak, this one picks up six months later, when the Americans come to reboot a dead country. But of course, something goes wrong…
And these aren't zombies in the traditional sense. They run bloody fast and rather than being dim-witted and shambolic, they're furiously angry and bloodthirsty. The first film was best known for its wide-angle shots of an empty London (filmed early in the morning) so look for more of the same here, as well as a zombie chase across farmland which replaces the gut-wrenching tunnel chase in the original.
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Twenty-eight weeks after the initial outbreak, Robert Carlyle meets up with his kids who were holidaying abroad during the outbreak. The kids are the weakest parts of the sequel (The annoying girl especially – I was secretly hoping that she’d cark it early on). The boy (real name Mackintosh Muggleton) is all wide-eyed wonder, and likes to wander off Spielberg-style only to get entranced by infected zombies racing towards him.
Having said that, a strength of the sequel is the unusual characters and the even more unusual order in which they meet their maker. The idea of having a family play a central role means that we get to see some of the most horrific familial relationships ever - you’ll know what I’m talking about. Goodness me, I was slack-jawed with disbelief at some of these scenes.
There are new inventive ways to see zombies attack, such as the night-vision bit in the underground or the helicopter fricassé. And the night-time scenes actually look like night-time scenes. Usually sets will get flooded with blue light (it’s moonlight, don’t you see?) but here when people are running around in the dark, we share their sense of disorientation.
There are a tonne of great locations in an empty London. From a lonely Tower Bridge to a deserted Wembley Stadium, everything ups the ante on the first film. But the grainy digital-ness has been replaced with a richer film picture so unfortunately any authenticity is lost.
It’s an intense, humourless movie, and I left feeling very stressed. I’d had just about enough of people spewing blood and pushing in people’s eyeballs with their thumbs. The original’s clever theme, essentially an extended metaphor about anger infecting Britain, is lost here. Despite its strengths, ‘28 Weeks Later’ is really just an excuse to see more blood and death.
[Reviewed by Andrew Hedley]
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I expected a Zombie movie, I expected blood & gore & from watching a ton of these movies over the years, thought I was desensitised enough for no amount of it to register on my freakometer but this is certainly the exception. I & my friend spent the better part of the movie hiding behind my coat, eyes peeking out only briefly. Not only is it the blood &... More gore but the speed in which everything moves & having been filmed almost entirely by steadycam you felt as if you were in the action. Boyle pays homage to other films in the genre but this isn’t a “scary” film per say as you don’t walk out of there afraid to walk to your car or with that sinking feeling in your belly, instead it’s more of a shock film. I don’t think I could lift my jaw off the floor for the entire film & even when I diverted my eyes from the horror the sound was still enough to get me.
It's hard to really say either way good or bad-It's a good movie but be prepared.Hide
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