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28 Weeks Later

An art house & international movie directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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28 Weeks Later - 2007

  • Jan 1, 2010
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Pros: the idea was good but the delivery stunk

Cons: many

The Bottom Line:
“And this is the end, the end
This is the end
Of the World”
~performed by Muse

Sometimes I just don’t get it, or at least don’t get it like other folks do. I mistakenly got this 28 Weeks Later, thinking it was the original 28 Days Later, which I hadn’t seen for sometime and vaguely remembered I enjoyed. So, I was surprised. However, contrary to other things I’ve read, I really didn’t care for it.

It is basically a sequel to the 28 Days in that it involves the same virus that overtook in that film. This release, however, is in England. Or what is left of England. There has been a new world set up there for those that survived and we are surprised to see Don, our hero, leading the pack. Last seen, Don was running from the zombie dudes in a glen somewhere, after abandoning his wife in a farmhouse where they had been hiding. Now here he is, perfectly sound, in this new world. And wonder of wonders, arriving via the newest transport of survivors are his son and daughter.

Being young, and vulnerable, they don’t always listen to rules and make a trek to their old homestead shortly after arriving in this new world. Strictly against the rules, of course, because they are not supposed to leave the boundaries that have been established. Anyway, once at their old home, in the forbidden zone, they run into their mother who all had previously thought was dead. She is, however, tainted by the killer virus. Not in a bad way, mind you, she is simply a carrier and seems to have an immunity to it.

You know what that means … scientists, yep, sure thing. They capture her and hole her up in a lab so they can, just maybe, produce an anti-venom to the virus strain. Not to be, however, because good old Don, feeling like a total patootie since he had abandoned her in the first place, sneaks into the holding cell and kisses her. Bad choice Don, she’s a carrier. So, after all that time, and under all the circumstances, one kiss seals the deal for Don, who is now infected.

The virus seems to work quickly, like mega fast, and he kills her. Then he goes on a rampage, spreading the virus even further. Meanwhile, the scientists bundle up the kiddies, figuring they have some of mom’s immunity as well, and all hell breaks loose.

Blah, blah, blah.

Zombies, for the most part, have seemed to evolve greatly from the staggering, bug-eyed, zombies of long ago. And they are getting smarter and more cunning, as well as more blood thirsty and violent. Then, again, they are man products, who are the most vile of all monsters, hands down. They don’t kill to survive, they kill for sport.

I didn’t care much for the lighting in this movie which made it difficult to view most of the time. I understand why it was done, I just didn’t like it. And a good deal of it had that Blair Witch look to it with glowing faces and eyes. Just not my style. The other problem I had, mainly with the lead, Don, played by Robert Carlyle, is his speech. I’ve always found him difficult to understand even when he speaks slowly, which he seldom does. He’s a very quiet talker as well. Except when he was in monster mode, but that was entirely different.

The attack scenes were also difficult to view, everything was so muddled and overlapped, I didn’t enjoy it. That is, if you can enjoy that type of work, which I usually can. I much preferred the original movie over this release, but that is just my own opinion.

The idea that there were so many restrictions and guards boggles the mind when two young kids manage to break through the zone and, in the end, be responsible for the reoccurrence of the virus. I just thought, with all the safety elements shown, there would have been tighter control. To say nothing of the fact that they left the mother untended and unguarded in her lab cell. Unthinkable.

I did think writers Rowan Joffe and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo did a decent job on the piece, the idea was good, I just didn’t care for the delivery. Fresnadillo also directed the film, which was nominated for 6 awards; winning two. It carries an R rating for violence, gore, language, sexuality, and nudity.

DVD extras include: deleted scenes; commentary; making of Code Red; features showing training for the infected; two Aftermath cartoons which are actually well done.

While it was simply an OK movie, it definitely fell under the been there, done that, theme which is starting to get really old. I’ve been alive too long, there are no original movie ideas anymore … sigh …



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review by . June 28, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Yes I waited like 28 Months to see this one
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Quick Tip by . October 17, 2010
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review by . November 15, 2009
Step 1: Kill the infected. Step 2: Containment. If containment fails, then Step 3: Extermination.
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review by . March 22, 2009
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review by . March 22, 2008
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review by . June 30, 2008
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review by . April 27, 2008
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review by . October 05, 2007
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review by . August 29, 2007
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As an exercise in pure, unadulterated terror,28 Weeks Lateris a worthy follow-up to its acclaimed predecessor,28 Days Later. In this ultraviolent sequel from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (hired on the strength of his 2001 thrillerIntacto), over six months have passed since the first film's apocalyptic vision of London overrun by infectious, plague-ridden zombies. Just when it seems the "rage virus" has been fully contained, and London is in the process of slowly recovering, an extremely unfortunate couple (Robert Carlyle, Catherine McCormack) is attacked by a small band of rampaging "ragers," and the cowardly husband escapes while his wife is attacked and presumably infected. Their surviving children (Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton) fall under the protection of a U.S. Army sharpshooter (Jeremy Renner), but nobody's safe for long as28 Weeks Latergoes into action-packed overdrive, with scene after blood-gushing scene of carnage and decimation. The film's visuals follow the look established in28 Days Later, this time with bigger and better scenes of a nearly abandoned London on the brink of utter destruction. The military subplot gets a bold assist from Harold Perrineau (as a daring helicopter pilot) and Idris Elba (in a too-brief role as the military commander), and their firepower--not to mention the efficient lethality of helicopter blades--turns28 Weeks Laterinto a nonstop bloodbath that's way too intense for younger ...
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Genre: Foreign
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
Runtime: 100 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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