Another day, another zombie movie. Well, mock zombie in this case. When I first watched 28 Days Later, I remembered thinking that it pretty much set itself up for a sequel. Sure enough, 4 years later and the aptly named sequel, 28 Weeks Later, came out. I do like the theme they have with this franchise, but I do have to wonder what the title will be if a third movie is ever made. Would they make it 28 Months Later, or skip ahead and go the full 28 Years Later. I guess only time will tell.
The plot: During the height of the Rage Virus outbreak, a group of survivors are held up in a cabin but when a horde of infected attack the cabin, only one man, Don, manages to escape. 28 weeks later, and NATO forces declare Great Britain safe and begin bringing in people to repopulate the cities, among them are Don’s children Tammy and Andy. Don, who had been put in charge of one of the districts in London, explains what happened to the children’s mother, but the next day, the kids leave the quarantine zone to go back to their old house. At the house, they find their mother, Alice, still alive and after the military arrives to take them all back to the London, Alice is examined and found to be a carrier of the rage virus but due to an anomaly in her genetic make-up, she does not exhibit any of the rage symptoms. Don sneaks into the security room where Alice is being kept and begs her forgiveness but when he kisses her, the virus contained in her saliva infects Don and he soon kills his wife and soon the infection begins to spread through the city once again.
While not as well received as the original, 28 Weeks Later still had a positive reception among the critics, earning a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As one critic would say, “28 Weeks Later is brutal and almost exhaustingly terrifying, as any respectable zombie movie should be. It is also bracingly smart, both in its ideas and in its techniques.” While the audiences did go and see the movie, it’s $64 million worldwide total was only about 3/4 of it’s predecessor’s $82 million gross.
This was not as good as the first movie but this was still a good horror movie. I hate to say it but one of my favorite scenes was actually in the trailer and also at the beginning of the movie. The scene with Don running towards the river and the horde of infected running down the hill after him was both creepy and incredibly well shot. Robert Carlyle was great as Don, both as the over protective father to his kids and as the rage infected killer that constantly hunted them. Imogen Poots (what a horrible name for a kid) and Mackintosh Muggleton did a terrific job as Tammy and Andy respectively. Visually this movie was almost as good as the first movie, especially in the overhead shots of the city. The plot was also pretty good, especially the part with the genetic anomaly that Alice and Andy both have that makes them passive carriers of the Rage Virus. And of course, the set up for a possible third movie was great, if only it would ever happen. A good continuation to a great series.
So if you liked 28 Days Later, then you will probably like the sequel as well.
Rating: 4 out of 5