Now before all you film fanatics write this review off as "Unhelpful" simply because I've given it 3 stars, (which is only because 28 Days Later is such an amazing film) 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.