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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
As scary as I remember it! A good movie to watch then dip into again and again to see something new in it. The music will stay in your head for days afterwards.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good
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I enjoyed the 1st film, but found this one a let down.
The plot didn't feel remotely convincing - the idea that a well-organised military set-up would leave the only known immune carrier of the virus completely unattended and that her husband (not in the military) would be allowed to have unrestricted access to just about anywhere within the...
Published on 21 Jan 2008 by NP


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie., 4 April 2013
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This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
As scary as I remember it! A good movie to watch then dip into again and again to see something new in it. The music will stay in your head for days afterwards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel, 19 Sep 2012
I wasn't a fan of the first film. After a promising opening the story became laboured & I lost interest towards the end. With expectations fairly low I was caught off balance by how much I enjoyed this.

Whilst the build up is slow it's never boring. The main characters & interplay in the first half are interesting enough to draw you in & there is always a subtle sense of unease hinting that bad things are going to happen.

When the action finally kicks into gear there's an almost immediate shift in pace. This isn't just a series of jump scares & jolts for laughs, the objective is clearly to unsettle the viewer. There's a genuine feeling of panic with the realistically flawed responses to the chaos. Once things do get nasty any restraint evidenced early on goes out of the window. Be warned; this is not for the squeamish!

Both the performances & the script are excellent & the reactions given to the escalating horror are totally believable. It doesn't insult your intelligence by shoehorning plot elements for the purposes of advancing the story; this feels like a natural continuation from where the first movie left off.

A genuine surprise. A rare horror sequel that builds on the original & broadens the story rather than a lazy retread inspired by pound signs [a stigma many sequels have failed to overcome]. Highly recommended - to horror fans with a strong stomach!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "28 Weeks Later" (and "28 Days Later") on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US' Discs - Buy The UK Versions..., 5 Mar 2014
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Mark Barry (UK) - See all my reviews
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The follow up to "28 Days Later" infuriated many and thrilled others. I'd fall somewhere in between. Sure it lacked the visceral impact of the original (both visually and story wise) - but there were more than a few shocks worth cringing about...and digging deep into my popcorn bucket for...

But British fans of the film (and its predecessor) should however note that the 'US' 20th Century Fox BLU RAYS of both are REGION A LOCKED - so they will not play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are)

Stick with the cheap and cheerful UK releases - they look the germfree facemask on BLU RAY - and they're just as tasty as a nibble at your neck by a rabid Woolworth's Sales Assistant in Leyton...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We have an outbreak of the infection in medical center. All units; safeties off., 12 Oct 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
28 Weeks Later is directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo who also co-writes with Rowan Joffe, Jesus Olmo and E. L. Lavigne. It stars Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Mackintosh Muggleton and Imogen Poots. Music is by John Murphy and cinematography by Enrique Chediak.

Six months have passed since the Rage virus decimated the UK, but now people are returning to London's District 1 with the U.S. Military overseeing the project. However, the Rage virus can be carried in people with no outward symptoms........

After the monster success of 28 Days Later it was inevitable that a sequel would follow. With director/writer combo Danny Boyle and Alex Garland off making Sunshine with Cillian Murphy, the big players from the first film were missing (Boyle and Garland were Executive Producers here). There was reasonable cause for some concern that this would be the latest in a long line of horror sequels that, quite frankly, suck the big one. How great to find that not only is "Weeks" an excellent sequel, it also doesn't sit idle and copy Boyle's winning formula.

The blood and ick factor is considerably amped up, as is the action (there's running, lots of running, guns, lots of guns, panic, lots of panic), but the writers have put intelligence into the writing by expanding on the Rage virus victims as not just being an outwardly ferocious beast, and some topical smarts are spliced into the narrative with the presence of the American military "enforcing" the reconstruction of London. Also, with the films central focus being on a splintered family, brilliantly set up by the breathtaking/horrifying opening 10 minutes, there's a mighty heft of humanism flowing in between the blood vomit and body shredding.

Cast are mostly terrific, with Carlyle and the impressive young actors, Poots and Muggleton, leading the way. The American lads playing military men have to make do with slender written, stock, roles, but Byrne provides spunk and McCormack leaves an indelible mark in a small, but key, role. Fresnadillo (Intacto) ensures Boyle isn't missed in the director's chair, with a keen eye for action construction and an awareness of pacing for such a horror movie. While Murphy again scores with that knack for doom mongering beats. There's some missteps, logic at times goes out the window and in the case of Renner's character, outcome is a bit too much of a bitter pill to swallow. While dialogue at times shops at Cliches "R" Us. But this is still a mighty fine thrill ride, often scary and stomach turning, and even flecked with emotional worth. On this evidence a part 3 would be most welcome. 8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No good dead goes unpunished, 27 Oct 2007
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Charles Vasey (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
28 Days Later started strongly with the empty London (and those rats) and then drifted off with the dodgy Army unit. 28 Weeks Later also starts with a heart stopper as Begbie escapes the Infected by an act of betrayal. After the infection has died out (according to the dozy NATO doctors who clearly know nothing of sequels) the US Army reintroduces settlers in a controlled site. These are all people with a higher APS (Average Propensity to Scream) including Begbie's two children, who mysteriously don't have a Scots accent but do seem to have difficulty doing what they are told.

At this point the infection reappears by an ingenious plot device. The infection reinfects by an ingenious plot device, but victim zero then escapes manifesting an interesting talent for using ID cards while doing an impression of a man who's eaten too much chili. This is decidedly not an ingenious plot device and thereafter (until the last scene) I think the scriptwriter nipped out for 20 Rothmans and got his neighbour Keith to finish it off. All would be well still if everyone just Obeyed Orders but what would be the fun in that? Lots of shooting, chopping, screaming and a full body burn ensue. The escape is on including another non-ingenious plot device (avoiding poison gas - sit in a car!) and a lot of scenes shot in the dark.

The ending is marvellously grim.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 2 July 2007
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Mr. S. J. Downing "Stevie D" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I wrote this review the same day as watching 28 Weeks at the cinema. I'd heard some pessimistic things about the film before going in, and given that sequels often deteriorate in quality as a franchise progresses, I feared the worst.

Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who is new to the franchise, quickly puts paid to any fears that the 28[...] saga has been taken from Danny Boyle and delivered into the wrong hands. 28 Weeks maintains the frantic brutality and, if anything, ramps up the gloom and quintessential British grime of its predecessor.

Taking place... err... 28 weeks after the initial outbreak, the story shifts focus to a completely new set of characters, headed by a perfectly cast Robert Carlisle, a husband and father of two. Within minutes of the film's start, we follow his frantic escape from a remote cottage, which becomes beseiged by the ubiquitous infected. His flight takes him to London, where his children are, and where a US-led NATO force has begun reconstruction of the entirely depopulated country within the boundaries of a heavily militarised safe-zone.

What could easily been yet another awful big screen propaganda piece for the American military is much more cleverly handled. The film wisely portrays the US armed forces as limited, vulnerable and ultimately unable to cope with the blitzkrieg spread of a new outbreak of the virus within its own compound. Comparisons with the current situation in Iraq are unavoidable.

It's always refreshing to watch a large-scale, modern film when it's set in the relative familiarity of a city like London. A post-apocalyptic scenario is doubly effective for a British viewer when the Gherkin and St. Paul's are on the skyline. 28 Weeks reuses John Murphy's mournful, simple guitar riffs to complete the grim ambience, and we're right back in the nightmare world of blood-spitting, shrieking zombies-on-speed that made the first film a cult classic.

I think 28 Weeks Later is an even better film than 28 Days. It's everything that the stupendously, unflinchingly dreadful Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse - another zombie film franchise sequel - should have been in several ways and more. One or two of the action set pieces are a little too showy and unconvincing, but don't let that put you off.

Buy, beg, borrow or steal, but make sure you see it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast flowing horror thriller, 30 Aug 2008
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This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
In the sequel to 28 days later, the rage virus has passed, the infected have all died and Americans come to England to restore the country.

28 days later showed the true ideology of horror, and British cinema at its best, and 28 weeks later outshines its predecessor with faster direction, closer looks at characters and a more action thriller typed genre to its plot.

Following on from the dramatic ideology of 28 days with the infected was brilliant, and we start by looking at another family who are hiding, in the complete darkness. The narrative never lacks, with the whole concept of danger keeping you on the edge of your seat all the way through. Not necessarily scary, but it will definitely play on your mind. The ending with the new stadium felt like a marketing promotion, but was still good to watch. The plot has action, suspense and drama, to make an ultimate thriller, with plenty of gory blood encoded for dramatic effect, which is helped along by stunning direction.

Danny Boyle's direction in 28 days was superb, unusual and different, particularly the opening sequences as the central character is alone in England, with the character a little man in a huge city. Fresnadillo's direction in this sequel is equally impressive, using similar shots to create the lonely and deserted effect. In contrast Fresnadillo's direction is faster and less focused, especially when the infected are involved, conforming brilliantly to the horror thriller genres. These films wouldn't have had the same impact if this style of direction hadn't been encoded, and is a film where you can really appreciate the atmospheric view of the situation.

Having Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting) star gave the film the extra credit it needed, with a fine performance as Don. He did exceptionally well, and gave a different and intriguing portrayal as a struggling family man.

Carlyle is helped along by stunning performances by all cast, but in particular Muggleton and Poots, who play Don's kids, two of the best young performances you will ever see in a British film, only behind Tom Turgoose in This is England.

28 weeks later is a fine sequel, fast and flowing, and though not necessarily scary, is a thoroughly entertaining British film.

8.5/10
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good, 21 Jan 2008
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This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
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I enjoyed the 1st film, but found this one a let down.
The plot didn't feel remotely convincing - the idea that a well-organised military set-up would leave the only known immune carrier of the virus completely unattended and that her husband (not in the military) would be allowed to have unrestricted access to just about anywhere within the military containment area, so he could sneak in to see her (and end up getting infected and start the whole outbreak off) is hard to take seriously - not to mention a supposedly well-organised military containment of a deadly humankind-threatening virus that is so useless that even 2 teenagers can easily slip through it unnoticed.
And when the outbreak happens, why is there such a panic? It has already been established that Britain has been evacutated apart from the small group of people in the containment area - and that the infected die out naturally without other non-infected people to pass it on to - so at worst it would just mean letting the outbreak die out again (only far far quicker since there's nobody else in Britain to keep passing it on this time.)
Having the Robery Carlisle zombie miraculously appear at exactly the right point in London for an chance meeting with his kids seems riduculously unlikely too.
There are a few good bits in the film, the opening sequence is really well done, but after that it's let down by such an unconvincing plot full of implausible events that it's hard to feel drawn in and take it seriously at all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LESS ATMOSPHERE, LOTS MORE ACTION!, 9 May 2008
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Adam Jackson "Symphonic Metal Fan" (Stoke On Trent , England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Remember Aliens? This film takes the same approach, intead of repeating the same formula of 28 Days Later, it goes straight for the jugular - completeley maxing up the action & adding even more explicit gore!
Absoluteley relentless with less of the almost dream like textures of its predecessor. The opening 10 minutes will have you eating your knuckle bones!
After its countryside set beginning, the story shifts to The City Of London, now quarantined and a last refuge for survivors, under the armed protection of NATO (led by the USA)
Obviously, the quarantine fails spectacularly!
Cue lots of trigger happy Marines, big guns and bigger explosions as well as legions of The Infected! The make up FX are more elaborate than the first film, there's a neat exploding head moment, another eye gouging thats even more brutal & a scene where a helicopter tilts forward & goes rotor blades first into a pack of rabid zombies that is on a par with the latest Rambo movie!!!
There's also a bit more explanation over the Rage virus & a great twist in its evolution.
Well acted, tightly directed & shot with the same frantic editing style of 28 Days this is a very good sequel that wont let anyone down.
Pesonally i prefer the more modestly budgeted 28 Days as i enjoyed its atmosphere - it reminded of the BBC's Day Of The Triffids & ITV's Quatermass (John Mills) that i loved in my youth. This is a big budget movie which despite its City Of London settings & mostly British cast, feels more 'American' in its in your face style.
This is in no way to the movie's detriment - its going for the kill!

I await the the next installment eagerly...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great picture, good film, 11 Dec 2007
I had read some bad reviews about this film. One of the main criticisms is that Danny Boyle did not direct the sequal. However, fans of the first film will not be disappointed. There is plently of action and the film is never dull.

The film follows Robert Carlyle's cowardly escape from an attack of the infected. He leaves his wife stranded and saves his own life. Eventually, he is forced to confront what he has done and pays the ultimate price.

The sub plot is essentially that London is under the control of American armed forces who are culling the infected and have created a safe zone in London's Docklands. Predictably, another outbreak occurs and all hell breaks loose. Cue music from first film!

Again, there are some eerie scenes of a desolate London inspired by the first film. The blue ray quality is superb and adds to the impact of this fast paced action horror. Perhaps most original is the use of a helicopter to eviscerate the infected hoards!

Anybody who enjoyed the first film or is a fan of zombie type movies will almost certainly enjoy this sequal.
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