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28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later

Genre: Horror/Science Fiction
Rated: R
Directed by:
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Robert Carlyle, Catherine McCormack, Harold Perrineau, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Imogen Potts, Mackintosh Muggleton
Released by: Fox Atomic

In Short: This well-crafted sequel about a virus that hits Britain and turns people into flesh-eating maniacs is a rollicking, scream-inducing flick for zombie-lovers everywhere.

The Virus Returns
And it isn't Pretty
by Jenny Peters

For those who saw the original British film 28 Days Later, it will come as no surprise that the virus that ran rampant across England—turning humans into skin-peeling, flesh-eating monsters—has returned. That brilliant horror flick directed by Danny Boyle and starring Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris scared the socks off anyone who saw it, and if you haven’t, it would be a great idea to rent it first before heading out to catch this worthy sequel.

But it isn’t absolutely necessary to see the first in order to get the idea of this follow-up pretty quickly. Boyle, whose credits include the brilliant Trainspotting, produced 28 Weeks Later, but turned the creative reins over to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. The film begins where the first ended, after England has succumbed to the wrath of the zombies that its citizens have become. Some people, including Don (played by Scottish actor Robert Carlyle) have escaped the horrible fate by hiding from the mobs of disgusting flesh-eaters that roam the countryside.

28 Weeks Later
28 Weeks Later

As the film progresses, the world happily discovers that the virus eventually plays itself out and kills its hosts, so the initial crisis seems to be over after 28 weeks. With the help of a beefy American military presence, the repatriation of the country begins, including the return of Don’s two tweener children, who escaped the original disaster after being been sent out of the country to school. But as life seems to get back to normal, their presumed-dead mother resurfaces and is discovered to be uninfected, yet still a carrier of the virus. Needless to say (since this is a horror film, after all), things go downhill from there fast.

28 Weeks Later
28 Weeks Later

As zombie movies go, this one has a great premise and plays out well, as flesh-eating mayhem breaks out all over again. For certain, however, there are a few silly coincidences that crop up as the plot progresses, including one that is groaningly ridiculous. But looking past that pretty minor complaint, Fresnadillo uses a frenetic camera style and structures a believable story that takes us on a wild, gore-filled ride that offers up a disturbing underlying theme: if we don’t begin to protect our environment and ourselves, this sort of whacked-out turn of events is a distinct possibility in our near future.

Okay, well maybe the zombie part of the story wouldn’t happen in real life, but—let’s face it—there’s nothing quite like a crazed horde of living dead to really bring a movie to life.


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