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Robert Carlyle as Don

Imogen Poots as Tammy

Mackintosh Muggleton as Andy

Catherine McCormack as Alice

Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

 

Synopsis:  We pick up the story of the British infection with a new family group, Don and Alice, who’ve managed to stay safe on the island, and their children, who’ve been on a school trip on the continent.  28 weeks later, the US Army has made a small section of London safe for repatriation, and the children come back.  Infection isn’t completely gone, however, and strikes the surviving Brits from a very unlikely source.

It’s nice to see everyone back in London!  If you read my last post, you know how fond I am of the city.  It seems much more modern than the last film, and much cleaner, which makes sense…all the infected and their mess have been cleaned out! I’m still amazed that there can be so many shots of different sections of a city, population 19.5 million-ish, that have NO PEOPLE WHATSOEVER in them.

This film isn’t quite up to par with the original, but as the storyline is totally new (except for the essential bits, i.e. the infected and their modus operandi), it’s still pretty good.  The emphasis on family sets it apart; there is a featurette on the DVD in which Robert Carlyle talks about the family, the importance of family, and how even though the infected are horrifyingly outside of moral control, they still have minds.  The main characters really show this in their performances.

Great scenes:

  • The sniper scene.  Kids are truly fearless, sometimes.  Even when it’s to their own detriment.  But Andy was a total bad-ass in this scene.  Showed up all the wimpy adults.  Good on ya, kid!
  • The kids’ escape to their old home.  Kids will be kids, right?  Why follow THEIR rules when we can clearly do what we need to do and on our own terms?  While it actually did lead to a positive end (for a bit), I ask you: why do we have rules?  Oh, that’s right—to keep people safe.  And you touched a DEAD BODY to get those keys.  Seriously.
  • Don’s transformation.  This guy is a fantastic actor.  None of the other new infected seemed to have the emotional issues that he did, not even Frank from Days.  Truly, truly impressive.  Coupled with this is the remainder of the scene—the beginning of the second wave of infection.  Brutal.  Thumbs should not go there.
  • The Tube tunnel.  This is the only part that scared me, and it did so very quickly.  Oof!  Stairs suck in the dark.

Scream Meter:  3/10       If you scare easily, it’ll be higher.  28 Weeks Later has a more desperate tone than one of fear.

Buddy Meter:    5/10       Again, it’s creepy in the dark.  However, with the action sequences, you almost forget that this should be a scary movie.  Almost.

Overall Rating: 6/10       It’s good, but not AS good as Days.  There’s some pandering and gratuitously unnecessary parts (i.e. Doyle’s sniper scope TV viewing) which keep it from rocking like the first, but it’s still good.  The infected are gross, and helicopters make them grosser.  A decent follow-up.  Might have been better if Danny Boyle had directed, because he’s great, but he and Mr. Murphy were off making another film.  Sigh.  C’est la vie.

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