28 Days Later (British Version) *****
The film is truly great, I think this has to be one of the best British films to come out of Modern Cinema. The concepts and story is great as is the directing. The acting was really good too bar Megan Burns, who was the daughter in the film. I think that her acting in the film was good in parts, where it counted but slacked a lot in some parts. At least she's having more success with being a singer though! Cillian Murphy was great in the film too, and if you've read any of my reviews then you know that I'm a Cillian Murphy fan. I thought he characterised the role great to fit himself and worked with the role very well. Naomi Harris had the standout performance though, i thought that she well very good in the film and had a great character to play, which would have been hard for others to pull off. I think that Naomi Harris is definitely an actor to watch because she is a great actor and is showing off her talent in other productions like Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3, and Poppy Shakespeare, which were all good. Christopher Eccleston wasn't great in the film either, but lets face it, he's not best known for his acting abilities.
28 Days Later was a great film, or i think it was anyway. It had a great revenge scene and a good ending that was built up to greatly! The sound was great in the film too, Music fitted really well to the editing and made a great atmosphere building in the end of the film. The beginning of the film was great as well though. The scenes of empty London were great, really gave great tension to the film. This also made the backdrop of London feel a lot more real, making it differ to all the other zombie films out there, because if felt more realistic and gritty.
28 Weeks Later (American Version) ****
28 Weeks Later is a fantastic film. The film is set 28 weeks after the infection hit and the Americans are repopulating Britain. This film is bigger than the first, no doubt about it. A little bit better visually, and the scenes of empty London are brilliant and really creepy. The infected are also a lot more scary in this one, they seem smarter than what they were made out to be in the first. The film also has a kick ass soundtrack mainly responsible to Muse, who are brilliant!
The film had a great opening and is my favourite part of the film.
The rest of the film let the whole end product down though as it started to lack in pace and the American money, and producing came more visible.
Robert Carlyle is great, he really shines in the beginning film and plays his character great. He also played the infected character well. Rose Bryan was good but wasn't great, but you can't really flaw her on anything. Imogen Poots (Tammy) was great and played her part brilliantly. She really suited the role. Mackintosh Muggleton (Andy) was terrible. Sorry but i thought his voice was annoying and the acting sometimes distracted you from the story because of how bad he was. Classic example of an average child actor who is in a role too big for him.
The standout performance though was Catherine McCormack who is fantastic in this. And you really feel for her character. It was great to see her in another big screen film after Braveheart, (which was quite a while ago). All the other acting was great too and couldn't be flawed.
The film altogether is very different from the first one, a lot more violent, and feels like a bigger budgeted film. The scenes of London bring the film together well and the whole atmosphere of the film is great and very creepy. It's a very different take on zombie movies.
4 stars overall, 28 Days though is not good quality in HD and is like said below really obviously not 1080p!!