Danny Boyles low budget horror-zombie movie 28 Days Later became an instant hit and rightly so and while this follow-up is also very good it does lack a little of the great presence that made the first so watchable. That said Juan Carlos Fresnadillo does a masterful job at directing the film providing us with some truly suspenseful scenes such as the opening with Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough) being chased by the infected and the scene in which the snipers are forced to open fire on everyone amongst other great pieces.
In addition to this film has a lot more action and set pieces than the first, although this is probably a result of a bigger budget due to the success of the first film, which add to the tension and suspense, while the script itself is an interesting follow-on with some equally brilliant characters than those that were in 28 Days Later. The cast is also a lot more recognisable than that of the other film, with Robert Carlyle and Harold Perrineau (of Lost fame) being two of the familiar faces, while the lesser known faces of this sequel also put in very strong performances. The music score is also very impressive with some new tunes being added, but also retaining the strong theme that made the first film so great.
With some stunning scenery of London (before and after it has been destroyed!), some spectacular music, yet again another strong cast of characters, some brilliant direction, action and writing 28 Weeks Later is a brilliant follow-up to Danny Boyles original film even if it does lack some of the punch that made the original so fantastic and it leaves things hanging in the air for a potential sequel. All in all, not quite as good as the first film, but brilliant none the less.