28 Weeks Later (2007)


Pros
  • The opening 10 minutes are fantastic, a nice calm before the storm sequence
  • The set up (story-wise) is interesting, military relocating people in the UK where the virus first broke out
  • Still the fastest and craziest zombies of all time (None of those The Walking Dead slow as dirt, zombies)
  • Helicopter vs zombies scene
  • There are two scenes that the movie is notorious for (the opening scene and the kiss scene)
  • The snipers verse the people verse the zombies
  • A surprisingly large amount of A-list stars (Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne)
  • The ending scene of the movie (shot guerrilla style, thrown in at the last minute of production)

Cons
  • How did a pair of kids sneak out of what is probably the most guarded place on Earth at this point?
  • Didn't like how it ended in an underground tunnel where the characters couldn't see a single thing because of the darkness
  • So much shaky camera work during the zombie scenes (I understand they want the moments to feel rushed and hectic, but still)
  • Lacks the overall helplessness of the first film, there is a strong military presence that never really goes away
  • What would those kids have done if they didn't find that moped to drive them to their house? The house was miles and miles away.
  • Another zombie entry where the government turns on the people for 'the greater good'
  • The movie gets progressively worse as the movie goes on, eventually leading to a disappointing climax

Score: 7/10

28 Weeks Later is a solid follow up to the both critically acclaimed and popular, 28 Days Later. I have to admit that I'm not very fond of the zombie genre, having felt I've seen just about everything they have to offer to the point where it's all quite similar in a sense, but 28 Weeks Later thankfully had a few surprises. The sad part is the movie gets progressively worse as the minutes roll by, but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad movie. The opening scene is great, a nice, calm setting is turned upside down on a moments notice by the most ferocious and aggressive zombies ever shown on film. This can't be stated enough, the zombies in this series are by far the worst kind you could go up against; insanely fast, smart, and driven not by hunger, but by pure rage. This is probably the most appealing aspect of the series, even in small numbers they are a force to be reckoned with!

But once you get past the great opening and set up, you are left with another run of the mill zombie survival movie where the characters are just traveling the apocalyptic roads with no real end in sight. It then concludes in a near pitch black tunnel, which makes no sense to me why they would choose to have the climax shot like that, nothing but disappointment there. But when comparing the two movies in the series, it's obvious the original film is the better of the two, it's well written and dark, aided by its political and social commentary. 28 Weeks Later on the other hand is more of your average, action-heavy, gruesome killing sequel with a higher kill count and larger budget. But if you are not a fan of the original film and are on the fence about this movie, the two films like this, 28 Days Later is to Alien, whereas 28 Weeks Later is to Aliens.

28 Weeks Later (2007) on IMDb

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