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28 Weeks Later (2007)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Starring:
Robert Carlyle/Don
Jeremy Renner/Doyle
Emily Beecham/Karen
Idris Elba/Stone
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PLOT-CRUNCH
Twenty eight weeks after the viral shenanigans that brought down London in 28 Days Later; the virus has been contained, the premises cleaned up, infused with a US military presence and is now ready for re-population. Or is it? Let’s just say that the latter step doesn’t go too smooth…RAGE ON!
THE LOWDOWN

Warning: Maintain the quarantine-deadly force will be used to protect this area.

Holy shit! Talk about a sucker punch! Now, I grooved hard to Danny Boyle’s zombie homage without zombies (they’re rage victims yo) 28 Days Later but when I learned that Boyle wasn’t helming the sequel, I semi cowered away from the idea of getting a solid follow up. Well I’m in a tizzy to report that the jacked up 28 Weeks Later was a superior genre effort, one that in my absolutely pointless opinion actually bettered the original! You see! Miracles do happen!

Starting with its visceral and ballsy opening scene that reeled me into the film in a mucho harsh fashion, this mean machine kicked my ass the whole way through and didn’t stop the pummeling till the bitter end. What a beating of epic proportions! This one did it all! First it was a sequel that actually managed to be novel even while tackling the same elements from the first film. Yup, it played a similar game to some degree but did in its own one-two-uppercut way and at the same time took it all a firm step further. Straight up with a couple of minor tweaks, 28 Weeks Later could’ve worked as a stand alone; yup; it was that damn strong! The flick was an engaging character driven piece as well with a family unit acting as the main driving force of the narrative. I personally loved how the physical action often paralleled the “human drama" in terms of unraveling, progression and arc. Gave the flick double the impact!

Big props goes out to the genius screenplay behind this one! It not only sported a big set of brass balls but it also often went against conventions to take me aback and then some. The fact that the film was deliciously action driven without sacrificing story/character contributed to the vice-grip factor too. I was constantly bitch slapped silly via the sly blend of pure horror and knuckle shuffling action that was bombarded my way. A word on the physical get downs if I may; I haven’t felt this involved in a film’s set pieces in a while. They rammed in hardcore staging and execution wise and carried all kinds of emotional resonance with them at that! Wait till you see what “Code Red” really means, the flame thrower bit (ouch, I felt that one) or how helicopter blades can be put to honky-dory use. WOW! I WAS FLOORED! Unapologetic was the word and me being shaken & stirred as the end credits rolled was the result! Tag to all that striking imagery galore (the powerful visuals had my jaw break off to then drop to the floor), a take no prisoners attitude (everybody was up for grabs which upped the tension factor to “I can’t take it no more!”), a relentless pace, a brilliant milking of its locations (the fact that I saw this in London was so slick for me) and a moving score that made me feel it like nobody's bitch and you get a WINNER on all counts.

On the slim negative, some of the action bits were hard to discern due to some close/shaky cam shots. Was a tad frustrating. I can’t wait for that editing trend to end already! Finally, the last frames although cute were also somewhat tacky, specially when taking into account the above the norm and un-compromising effort I had just witnessed. Something a little bit more ambiguous and mature would’ve hit my spot harder. The flick was better than that! All in all though the tragedy laced 28 Weeks Later put me through the ringer with class, sass and one heck of a mean streak! I'm up for another sequel if it's a genre masterpiece like this one. CONSIDER ME OWNED... and shipped to Peru!
GORE
You bet it was gory as f*ck! We get all kinds of dismemberment, heads chopped off, eye gouging, blood splashes and one heck of a massacre involving helicopter. FUN SHIT!
ACTING
Robert Carlyle (Don) is one heck of an actor and he excelled here once again on all levels. What a brave performance! Jeremy Renner (Doyle) was credible and mucho sympathetic. Loved him! Emily Beecham (Karen) gave an intense and gripping show while Idris Elba (Stone) punched in yet another solid display! It should be said that the whole cast sold me here! Grade A acting for a Grade A+ flick!
T & A
To be totally honest, I don't remember. I was way too into it to notice either way.
DIRECTING
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo put out a gritty, stylish yet grounded visual feast that knew when to suck you into the action via utter realism and when to wow you with a powerful dose of say slow motion or slick shot. Much like the flick’s narrative its images also dripped with emotion.
SOUNDTRACK
We see the return of the uber engaging 28 Days Later score and some subtle and dark ditties by John Murphy that backed up the film perfectly.
BOTTOM LINE
28 Weeks Later was Children of Men for the horror genre! It's now one of my top films of the year thus far! I’m talking a horror film with depth, heart, courage, an unrelenting demeanor and enough “shock grenades” to whoop you stupid! And it was a sequel at that! Who knew? It so showed that care was at play on every level here; script, acting, directing, visual effects etc. Apart from some random shaky/close cam and too cheeky for my liking last frames; I have ZERO qualms with this bad to the core boy! Let's support quality inclined, ambitious and grown-up horror for a change! Live it on the big screen! It is so worth it!
BULL'S EYE
Veteran actress Catherine McCormack had a bit yet pivotal role in the film.

See Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intacto; the flick that put him on my map!

Word has it that Danny Boyle shot some second unit on this one.

Director of the original Danny Boyle and its writer Alex Garland were both executive producers on the film.

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12:33PM on 11/06/2008
As a thrill ride, 28 Weeks Later gets the job done. The opening sequence is particularly tense and memorable, and later action sequences including all-out chaos in the streets of London and a gory chopper attack are all excellent. The characters, while not as wholly developed as in the original, are sympathetic and likeable, particularly Jeremy Renner as the kick-ass Sgt. Doyle.

Less successful is the writing, which relies on a LOT of contrivances to allow the rage virus to let loose
As a thrill ride, 28 Weeks Later gets the job done. The opening sequence is particularly tense and memorable, and later action sequences including all-out chaos in the streets of London and a gory chopper attack are all excellent. The characters, while not as wholly developed as in the original, are sympathetic and likeable, particularly Jeremy Renner as the kick-ass Sgt. Doyle.

Less successful is the writing, which relies on a LOT of contrivances to allow the rage virus to let loose again. The director also uses a few camera tricks here and there that were a little aggravating (like the choppy slow motion). But for the most part, this is an exciting and fast-paced mix of action and horror, and definitely one of the best genre films of 2007.
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6:24PM on 07/17/2007
It's a shame to see such extreme negative reviews for this, what I consider to be the best genre movie since "Scream". Fucking perfect.
It's a shame to see such extreme negative reviews for this, what I consider to be the best genre movie since "Scream". Fucking perfect.
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12:32AM on 06/09/2007

28 "Weak"s Later

I totally disagree with this review. This movie was shite! Bad cinematography, character's I could care less about, shady plot setup. The original was SO much better than this dumpster story. In its defense I'll say this...it was better than I expected.
I totally disagree with this review. This movie was shite! Bad cinematography, character's I could care less about, shady plot setup. The original was SO much better than this dumpster story. In its defense I'll say this...it was better than I expected.
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6:22AM on 05/14/2007

Holy Sh*te!!

before i went to see 28 weeks later i read your review Arrow, was really pleased to see it got a great rating!
I must admit though i did laugh when i saw that you reckon it is better than the first.. i thought there was no way this could beat 28 days later as that is such an awesome film in my humble opinion (probably also slightly biased being English! haha)
But Holy sh*t... what a freakin awesome film.. and dare i say it.. it was better than the first! i dont think i have see a beter film
before i went to see 28 weeks later i read your review Arrow, was really pleased to see it got a great rating!
I must admit though i did laugh when i saw that you reckon it is better than the first.. i thought there was no way this could beat 28 days later as that is such an awesome film in my humble opinion (probably also slightly biased being English! haha)
But Holy sh*t... what a freakin awesome film.. and dare i say it.. it was better than the first! i dont think i have see a beter film in a long long time! and the gore.. WOW!! that helicopter bit.. :oP
I know people arent overly happy with that shaky camera thing, yes you cant see properly whats happening but i will admit it didnt detract from what was happening at all! Loved every minute of it!
Might even go see it again tonight.. in fact i will go see it again tonight! Woohoo!
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12:23PM on 05/13/2007
The song was awsome, i clearly stated what i disagreed on my opinion
The song was awsome, i clearly stated what i disagreed on my opinion
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3:19PM on 05/12/2007

amazing

You people under me have no idea what you're talking about.

you hated the movie because they overused a song from the first film? Or because of the camera shots during a fight scene? hahahahaha
You people under me have no idea what you're talking about.

you hated the movie because they overused a song from the first film? Or because of the camera shots during a fight scene? hahahahaha
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11:27AM on 05/12/2007
Im gonna have to agree with green and shelman...I don't think it was better then the original. i was so hoping it would be. but i liked it. the editing did piss me off alot though. I remember at one point in the movie, I turned to my friend and was like.."this is unwatchable". Without giving to much away..I didn't like the ending, how some people die,

*Spoiler*
the whole "carrier" thing.
Im gonna have to agree with green and shelman...I don't think it was better then the original. i was so hoping it would be. but i liked it. the editing did piss me off alot though. I remember at one point in the movie, I turned to my friend and was like.."this is unwatchable". Without giving to much away..I didn't like the ending, how some people die,

*Spoiler*
the whole "carrier" thing.
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11:22AM on 05/12/2007

Haha

I agree with shelman. This review got me excited to see the movie. Boy was I let down. The shaky cam trend needs to leave for good, it ruined the whole experience for me. That style of shooting/editing is a cop out... it only shows that the film makers don't know how to choreograph a fight scene. Plus the overuse of the 'Godspeed you Black Emperor' song had me disappointed. They pretty much used the same song through the whole movie, but to add insult to injury, they stole the song from the
I agree with shelman. This review got me excited to see the movie. Boy was I let down. The shaky cam trend needs to leave for good, it ruined the whole experience for me. That style of shooting/editing is a cop out... it only shows that the film makers don't know how to choreograph a fight scene. Plus the overuse of the 'Godspeed you Black Emperor' song had me disappointed. They pretty much used the same song through the whole movie, but to add insult to injury, they stole the song from the first movie.
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6:30PM on 05/11/2007

what movie did you see?

It's funny you gave such high marks for this film. I usually agree w/you and your reviews, but man you are way off on this one. The unique directing style of Danny Boyle is obiviously missing from this mess of a film. Like you said in your review when will they get rid of the damn Blair witch cinematography. I get the impression most of the time they are trying to hide something by the quick camera movements and the quict cuts. To me this gets 1 arrow in the head. Everybody is so
It's funny you gave such high marks for this film. I usually agree w/you and your reviews, but man you are way off on this one. The unique directing style of Danny Boyle is obiviously missing from this mess of a film. Like you said in your review when will they get rid of the damn Blair witch cinematography. I get the impression most of the time they are trying to hide something by the quick camera movements and the quict cuts. To me this gets 1 arrow in the head. Everybody is so underdeveloped in this flick. I mean seriously what point does the terrific Harold Perrineau's character have? Completely pointless. I think this will be the end of these films. Too bad because the 1st one was so good.
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