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28 Weeks Later

Released on 10 September 2007

Featuring: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne & Jeremy Renner

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Six months after the rage virus has annihilated the British Isles, the US Army declares that the war against infection has been won, and that the reconstruction of the country can begin. In the first wave of returning refugees, a family is reunited - but one of them unwittingly carries a terrible secret. The virus is not yet dead, and this time, it is more dangerous than ever.
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  • Audio commentary by director/co-writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and producer/co-writer Enrique Lopez Lavigne
  • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary
  • 'Code Red: The Making Of 28 Weeks Later' featurette
  • 'The Infected' featurette
  • 'Getting Into The Action' featurette
  • 'Development' featurette
  • 'Decimation' featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Teaser trailer

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 Not even close to 28 Days Later

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Now before all you film fanatics write this review off as "Unhelpful" simply because I've given it 1 star, hear me out.

28 Days Later is one of my favourite movies of all time, simply because the story is gripping, the characters are realistic and in a strange, inexplicable way, it's down to earth and I felt as though that could be me and that I could relate in some way to all the characters.

The trailer for 28 Weeks Later is very deceptive. It made me jump at the chance to go see the sequel at the cinema the day it was out, and it reaffirmed with me why I dislike sequels which purpose only serves as to make more money. It was a huge disappointment, and here's why...

28 Weeks Later is almost an entirely different film to the 28 Days Later. The first film, 28DL was scary because it was as close to realistic you could get if that actually happened. It didn't have any stereotypical characters in it, it had down to earth, real people, like me and you.

However, in 28 Weeks Later, it's full of predictable, textbook characters. For example, you have the token scared guy, who does something extremely stupid in a vulnerable situation which not only gets him killed, but jeopardises the entire group. It made me aware I was watching a film, and not a story.

The director, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, put way to much emphasis on making it a jumpy film, as opposed to the first one, which was scary because it was completely accurate as to what levels people go to, to survive.

Watching 28 Weeks Later, is like watching Scream. It features the same stereotypical characters, stupid decisions no one in there right mind would make and whole lot of disappearing acts from the infected, who now seem to prefer running away and hiding more than they do killing. If you've seen the film, you'll understand.

This film is was to Americanised. It's a classic Hollywood film which you watch once, and forget about instantly as it collects dust on your shelf.

Believe me, if you love the first one, it's not worth even watching this as it will make you throughly disappointed.

 Bigger than the original, almost better.

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Despite all expectations, this is actually a very good film and adds to the plot of the original - much in the same way as Dawn did for Night. At times it may lose some of the creepy edge of the first, in favour of almost comic gore - but then it is trying to be much more of an action piece. Clearly, this won't have the same impact as the original - but you may well find you want to watch this one more often.

 Top Notch Horror Film

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In the first film, Danny Boyle's '28 Days Later' (2002), we were introduced to a grimy, deserted London and a completely new type of zombie. Even though they were infected with 'the rage', a man-made plague, they could run frighteningly fast. I enjoyed that film, now recognised as a genre classic, some even say a masterpiece, but it didn't exactly set my zombie world alight. The zombies, although fast, were somewhat sparse on the ground.

In 28 Weeks Later (of which Danny Boyle is an executive producer) we have a sequel that is several orders of magnitude better than its predecessor. The film picks up (with no other references to the original film or any of its' characters) six months after the outbreak of the deadly virus.

The deserted British Isles has now come out of quarantine and, watched over by the U.S. military, is being repopulated. Jet liners bring people into a secured area of London (Docklands), and snipers watch over them just to keep everyone safe from the possibility of harm from any remaining zombies.

The plot follows a family making their way in this new reality. Don Harris (Robert Carlyle) gives it his best shot when explaining to his young son and daughter, who have arrived to live with him in Docklands having been absent during the outbreak, that he wasn't able to save their mother Karen (Catherine McCormack) from a zombie attack, which we witness during the opening scenes of the film. 'I saw them bite her!' he says as he breaks down in tears. His account leaves out a rather hasty and cowardly departure on his part, something which will come back to haunt him shortly afterwards.

The developing storyline (which I won't divulge) is innovative and cohesive, keeping the whole thing bolted together nicely. We don't get to know a whole lot about the central characters' previous lives, but thanks to the excellent performances we definitely care what happens to them.

When the shovel-load hits the fan, the U.S. military are of course quick to instigate a 'code red' situation, leading to complete carnage and huge fireballs, and lots of work for the rooftop snipers, and in an homage to Mr Zombie himself, George A. Romero, we see a sequence where a helicopter chops up hordes of zombies, which although done in CG still brought a smile (George just chopped up the one zombie with the helicopter!)

There is gore and mayhem as we progress through the film, mixed with a thick atmosphere of a broken and washed-out London. I was on the edge of my seat and aghast throughout most of the film, and recommend it with 5 stars out of 5. If you enjoy horror films you must see this. Review © 2007.

 Filmed Like A Movie: Written Like A Video-Game

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I very much enjoyed 28 Days Later even if the ending was rather weak - The end of the Director's Cut being much better. I had great hopes, therefore, that this sequel would be of similar quality. While the overall style and feel of this movie remained faithful to the original, the concept and therefore the plot don't hit the same heights. The result is a movie which is very watchable but not very interesting. In fact, I would have to say that this film is closer in quality script-/plot-wise to one of Paul W. S. Anderson's recent offerings (Resident Evil 2; Aliens Vs. Predator).

With much of the art department (Art Directors Patrick Rolfe and Denis Schnegg) remaining in place from the last film, 28 Weeks Later definitely looks and feels like its predecessor in terms of it's aesthetic, pacing, and overall style. I think this is, in large part, down to the contribution/collaboration of Editor Chris Gill (another holdover from 28 Days Later) and Director of Photography, Enrique Chediak, who together help further maintain the consistency from the previous film to this one.

Style aside, 28 weeks Later falls into the trap which the first film so neatly avoided. 28 Days Later took a really strong, simple premise, and explored it on a small scale, never over-reaching in terms of plot plausibility (even considering horror's innate implausibility). Most of the film centred on a few main characters and their quest for survival: from hordes of Rage-infected zombies on the one hand, to the reality of trying to stay alive removed from the every-day infrastructure of modern life. 28 Weeks Later, on the other hand, goes large in terms of scale, both in terms of the numbers of people/characters and the sheer scope of the environment being dealt with.

The film opens, suitably small-scale, with a limited group of people including husband and wife, Don and Alice (Robert Carlyle and Catherine McCormack), who are trying to stay alive holed up in a rural country house. From such small and intimate beginnings, the chastening of which sets the film up with some very interesting themes and relationship dynamics, the plot then falls victim to trying to do and show too much too soon. As the story reaches London anyone with any knowledge of video-games will not fail to notice some very obvious nods to games such as Half-Life 2. And it is from this point onwards that the film moves away from more layered narrative development to very simplistic, location dependent plotting. This serves to give the rest of the film the feel of a generic AAA video-game title.

While Danny Boyle and Alex Garland (who directed and wrote the original respectively) are on board as Executive Producers, one can only wonder what would have happened had they been at the helm this time around. The script, this time penned by the team of Rowan Joffe, Jesus Olmo, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (who also directed this film), is not a patch on Garland's original screenplay and suggests that the ideas at the centre of it are little more than "How can we get this location and that location into the story? and how can we get our characters from one to the next?" This is classic video-game plotting and really fails to deliver on the big screen.

There is plenty of action, gore, and frights to be had in 28 Weeks later, but after threatening such a potentially interesting film from the opening, the rest of the movie is a real let-down from a story point of view. Still, if you're only in it for the things that generic horror movies deliver then you'll probably be more than happy with this film. If, on the other hand, like me, you admire the originality of 28 Days Later and were hoping for more of the same, you'll likely be disappointed.

 Fast, Gory, and Smart

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Fox Atomic are no strangers to political horror. First The Hills Have Eyes remake and now 28 Weeks later, a sequal to Danny Boyle and Alex Garland's 28 Days Later (the pair return as executive producers and Boyle as 2nd AD).

Six months on from the original Rage virus outbreak a US led NATO force declares Britain safe again and begins the process of re-immigration. However the virus still remains and it's only a matter of time before a new outbreak occurs.

28 Weeks Later is not a film you simply watch. No, it assaults you. Every crescendo of sound, ever frantic camera jerk, it all builds and builds till you're ready to scream. It all feels so real. The opening sequence is just about as heart pounding as you can take and the film's gore level is beyond even Peter Jackson's - a helicopter and a field of the infected need I say more?

But it's not just a scary as hell thrill ride, 28 Weeks Later has an intelligent core. It goes without saying that the US military presence evokes America's presence in the Middle East; and while snipers hide in the dark everyday citizens live in completely exposed apartments, under surveillance at all times. But all this is subtext, it's there but not forced on you, leaving you free to enjoy the film if you don't care for your zombies with politics.

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ActorsRobert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Idris Elba & Imogen Poots
DirectorJuan Carlos Fresnadillo
Certificate18 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 16.9
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.