Rowan Joffe (screenplay) and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Catherine McCormick as Alice
Robert Carlyle as Don
Harold Perrineau as Flynn
Imogen Poots as Tammy
Six months have passed since the Rage virus annihilated the British Isles…but out of the ashes of the dead breathes a new hope. The United States Army declares that the war against infection has been won, and the reconstruction of the country can begin. Families, friends, and lovers are reunited. Order, so it seems, has been restored. But…there is a secret, my comrades… a very fatal secret indeed. The virus is not yet dead, and this time, it is more dangerous than ever.
My two friends and I actually went into 28 Weeks Later expecting to be let down by yet another sucky sequel. But to our surprise, there was no ounce of suckage! Honestly, I have nothing bad to say about 28 Weeks Later…except that Anthony Dod Mantle did a far better job on the cinematography in the first one, 28 Days Later. Despite this one flaw, I thought it was well worth sitting on my bum for an hour and a half…and the eight bucks. The acting was incredible (especially the talents of Robert Carlyle, and new-comer Imogen Poots) and the story transitioned with ease from the first film (which was a major concern of mine). I cannot stress enough the importance of transitions!
The secret that I was babbling on about in the introduction really gives 28 Weeks Later that “oh shit” edge it needs to match its predecessor. Throughout the movie I was literally on the edge of my seat, wondering what terrible things were lurking around the next corner, and how could the United States Army screw up humanity’s chance of survival any further!
The characters and storyline in 28 Weeks Later were written so well that anyone in the audience could be empathetic. I remember using my boyfriend’s hand as a shield for fear of those infected bastards jumping out of the screen and spewing tainted blood on me!
As I snarfed a Skittle while watching snipers take down a blood drenched horde, I noticed there were very strong reactions coming from myself and the audience. These reactions included: cringing, shrieks of pure terror, laughter, cheering, sighs of relief, and grown men squirming in their seats. It was a mad house!
Thrilling, scary, tense, and well written are the words I will use to describe 28 Weeks Later. Overall, this film is a very believable and successful sequel. The musical score, composed again by John Murphy, was magnificent, and the ending just took my breath away (even though I had guessed it at the beginning). I seriously dug this flick and I strongly urge you all to go see it – especially if you have seen the first one. Now the question is…what happens 28 months later?*Sinister laugh*