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Packed with enough blood to make even Romero cringe, WEEKS didn't pull any punches when it came to spraying, splattering, chopping, puking, and exploding of blood in every way possible. Yes, they're not technically 'zombies', but the zombie feel was there and I was loving every second of it. Plus, it may showcase one of the better sequences to glorify one of the many useful ways a helicopter can be used in a situation like this. Wow. I was utterly shocked!
Everyone did a great job, as far as the acting is concerned. It was great to see Robert Carlyle in this type of horrorfic setting. It was fun to see him as the loving father that you sympathize with, then BAM! as the raging 'leader' of the infected. The siblings (Imogen Poots and Mackintosh Muggleton) also did a stand-up job, as they managed to pull off being kids and not be totally annoying. I wanted them to survive, and except for a couple of times, they weren't overally stupid in their actions.
Lastly, the musical score/theme to this movie f*cking rocked my socks off! The fantastic overture rocked loud and hard, and stuck with me for hours after the credits rolled. Music is such a key character to a movie like this, and it shined through and through to the fullest extent possible.
Some people may have a problem with the film's overall style, as the filmmakers utilized the 'hand-held' camera style here. I personally thought the shaky cam added to the flicks overall intensity, but I could see where some folks may not really be into it, as the camera is continuously moving throughout.
Audio: Rockin' out in 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound, every scream, crunch and splatter was felt from all sides of my living room.
Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary): Two deleted scenes are presented here, the first called 'The Canteen', the other 'Andy's Underground Dream'. Both were cool to watch, but in the end, I'd have to agree with the filmmakers here: they both broke up the pacing, and were therefore dropped. Definitely worth a watch, though.
Code Red: The Making of 28 Weeks Later: 13 minutes of your standard 'making of' fair. It features some nice interviews with cast/crew, including Danny Boyle who did some second unit directing, as well as served as executive producer. Better than most because they don't just sit and talk about how awesome everyone involved is, or how awesome the movie is - went into the origins of the idea, and touched on just about everything else.
The Infected: Fun little feature about those who play the infected. The make-up they wore, and the training they received to transform from normal person to raging maniacs. Plus, a little tidbit on the gore and f/x they used during the helicopter scene. Cool stuff. (7 Minutes)
Getting into the Action: The lesser of the three featurettes (for me, at least), this one talked about the action sequences that was involved with this film (but not in great detail), then steered away to discuss the different directing styles between Boyle and Fresnadillo. Wasn't needed in this featurette, but was interesting none-the-less. (7 Minutes)
28 Days Later: The Aftermath - Stage 1: Development: Bringing to life the graphic novel that bridged 28 Days Later to 28 Weeks Later, this stage is how the rage virus was created in the first place. Though I wouldn't call it animation, the panels were 'brought to life' straight out of the graphic novel, with music, sound effects, and voice overs moving the story along. I've read the graphic novel before this, and they did a damn fine job putting it in motion.
28 Days Later: The Aftermath - Stage 3: Decimation: The third stage was my favorite stage from the graphic novel, so not surprisingly, my favorite one here. A little slicker in it's 'animation', this stage focused on a virus infected London, and a couple of dueling vigilante's who dig on taking out the 'crazies'. A cool artistic and animation style equaled some good times all around.
Trailers: Theatrical trailer for 28 Weeks Later, as well as 28 Days Later, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Lake Placid 2, Pathfinder, Perfect Creature, Wrong Turn 2, Day Watch, and Sunshine.