28 Weeks Later

Plot: Picking up where “28 Days Later” left off, 28 weeks have passed and Britain has been quarantined and destroyed. Now a family is trying to recover as American soldiers have secured the area … or have they? (They haven’t.)

Who’s it for: Fans of the first one, which means you must like zombies, death and this time there are more guns thrown in.

Expectations: I expected to squirm. Zombies are scary, but zombies that can run faster than me are terrifying. And yes, I know they are technically “infected” and not zombies, but still …

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Actors:

Robert Carlyle as Don: The film and Carlyle start off strong, with a very griping scene as Don attempts to escape the infected from a cottage. But after that, Carlyle fades away, and I never understood how he knew and ended up in some of the places late in the film.
Grade: 5

Jeremy Renner as Doyle: He’s the one character in the whole film that I was rooting for. Renner plays a soldier who witnesses the carnage and attempts to do something about it.
Grade: 7

Rest of cast: It’s always nice to see small TV actors on the big screen, with Idris Elba from “The Wire” and Harold Perrineau from “Lost” making the jump. The kids were good also.
Grade: 7

Talking: There isn’t much.
Grade: 5

Sights and sounds: On one hand, the special effects were used very well giving London an eerie, desolate look, and when they burn sector one, it’s stunning. But the infected just seem to bite, spit blood, scream and repeat a little too much.
Grade: 7

OVERALL:

Even though it’s a sequel, “28 Weeks Later” attempts to tackle some new territory. First off, it shows the aftermath of what it would look like to deal with actual zombies (in the form of an infection) ruining a city. Then, the film touches on American soldiers taking over an area with military force (sound familiar?) with hints of Big Brother thrown in. It’s all very ambitious for a zombie flick, but after those two story lines go away, we’re just left with really fast zombies, and of course, the potential for another film.

Overall Grade: 6

4 Comments

  1. Dave P says:

    I think you expect more from a zombie movie than it is possible to give. The zombies arent going to do much more than kill, bite and spit blood. This movie was about the feelings of hope and despair that it brought to the pit of your stomach. For you to ask much more from a movie in this horror sub genre is a little ridiculous, espescially considering that this movie is steps above any other zombie movie Ive seen except its predecessor.

  2. Meat says:

    Maybe you saw another movie with zombies doing calculus or flying a complex prototype hover-car of some sort. I, however, have only seen the zombie movies where they kill living people. To go ahead and cite my sources: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, all three of their re-makes, DIARY OF THE DEAD, ZOMBIE, LAND OF THE DEAD, THE REANIMATOR 1 & 2, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (although in the ‘Return of the Living Dead’ series the zombies will sometimes talk… about eating brains) and lastly 28 DAYS LATER. I must have dozed off during all the gripping drama where the zombies talk about love, hope, and fighting for a better future in all those other flicks. Or, maybe, just maybe, you are not the person who should be reviewing horror movies. Maybe you should write reviews for the ‘Highschool Musical’ series since they do more than bite, puke, and run.

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  3. Jeff Bayer says:

    So you are upset that I gave it a 6/10? That’s not failing you know, it just means it’s a good renter.

    I love insults like … stick to this or stick to that. So I should only review bubblegum flicks because I didn’t fall in love with this zombie story?

    Keep in mind I didn’t just kick your dog, I gave a movie a slightly favorable rating. There’s a difference.

  4. Elliot says:

    I’m just wondering what more you wanted from zombies? Fine wine, banter, walks on the beach perhaps?

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