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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel
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...
Published on 19 Sept. 2012 by Matt

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3.0 out of 5 stars An improvement on the original, but it quickly gives in to cliche
After the frankly disappointing and relentlessly derivative 28 Days Later, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 28 Weeks Later may have bombed at the box-office but it's a vastly superior sequel that actually explores the fallout of its central situation with a modicum of intelligence before descending into dumb cliché rather than simply using it as a framework for a grab-bag...
Published on 21 Sept. 2010 by Trevor Willsmer


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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel, 19 Sept. 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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars An improvement on the original, but it quickly gives in to cliche, 21 Sept. 2010
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
After the frankly disappointing and relentlessly derivative 28 Days Later, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 28 Weeks Later may have bombed at the box-office but it's a vastly superior sequel that actually explores the fallout of its central situation with a modicum of intelligence before descending into dumb cliché rather than simply using it as a framework for a grab-bag of recycled bits from Danny Boyle's favorite movies. For the most part the cheap video photography has been replaced by film (though there are still some unsatisfying moments of overly-distressed low-res video footage) and the road movie format by an initially more epic story centring on the attempted repopulation of London after the virus has supposedly run its course. That the whole thing is being handled by the US Army with the civilians penned up in a `Green Zone' on the Isle of Dogs indicates that this isn't going to go any better than the occupation of Iraq and, true to form, when the virus reawakens it's not long before they're targeting `friendlies' and infected alike in a desperate attempt to take control of the situation.

There's a decent human drama at the centre of it in the first half, with Robert Carlyle's not-exactly-father-of-the-year having abandoned his wife (Catherine McCormack) to the infected suddenly having to explain to his children why she turns out to be still alive even if she is a carrier rather than a survivor. Unfortunately that's never really developed as all Hell breaks loose after a particularly ludicrous plot contrivance that sees her left all alone and unguarded while Rose Byrne's doctor argues with Idris Elba over whether it's better to kill her or to try to use her blood for a vaccine. Before you can say "I told you so," the film shifts into chaos-and-chase mode and the plotholes multiply as Byrne and sniper Jeremy Renner try to get the kids to safety while London is firebombed and gassed and the newly-infected Carlyle still manages to outrun them and turn up in the right place at the wrong time. It's not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it's certainly a more effective one than its predecessor even if you can pretty much predict what's going to happen and how Intacto director Fresnadillo will choose to shoot it every step of the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 28x scarier than 28 days later, 12 Feb. 2010
This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
28 weeks later, the sequel to 28 days later lives up to the prequel alot involivng new elements, more scares, faster pace and mindblowing sequence of scenes. The story starts off with Don and Alice, they're kids Andy and Tammy are currently in Spain. The story takes place after the virus has taken hold of Britain, around this time is probably when Jim, Selena and Mark come together. 28 weeks later involves a new cast. Anyway, the story starts off with Andy, Alice and other survivors hiding from the Infected. A boy knocks at the door asking for help, being on the chase from the Infected. After getting him into the hideout, a few minutes later brings the monsters they were hiding from into the farm thanks to one of them peeping through a boarded window. The next five minutes is enough to scare you witless with the Infected crashing in. Don then abandons Alice running down and escapes. 28 weeks later, the US army declare Great Britain safe and begin repopulating and decontaminating London. Andy and Tammy return from Spain to find their dad again, however, he lies to them telling them the possiblilty of their mum surviving. The btrayal of Alice will catch up with Don and this family will sadly be the cause of the virus awakening again.

The story plot I thought was a bit less stronger than 28 days later, 28 days later focusing on Jim, Selena, Hannah and Frank's bond as a family trying to survive was something that made the film special. The only thing that will probably annoy some people is the number of silly setting holes, such as qurantining civilians into a room and low and behold, the Infected can get through at the back through a fire exit. The film has much more gore and blood than its prequel, the scene with the helicopter is very bloody. The director of the film did very well. This won't really apply to many but if you didn't know your way around London much then the film will help you abit.

The characters are also powerful, you will feel sorry for one of the characters whether it's Alice, Andy or Tammy. Some characters will be annoying, especially some of the material personel who think the virus won't come back (well funny how ironically they're proved wrong). I think the film is powerful in the sense of Tammy and Andy's case. We see the world which they escaped from, return again right in front of their eyes thanks to their father. Not only will it be just the Infected they'll have to be worried about, in 28 days later it was Chrispoher Eccleston and his minions, in the sequel it's the government. The part of the film of oncoming poisnous gas, shooting helicopters resulting in ending up in a pitch black underground was spot on.

Overall, the film will certainly not fail to entertain or scare the living daylights out of you. I must warn it's not a film to watch if your faint-hearted and plus you'll be left with a cliffhanger. Definitely worth seeing if you loved 28 days later.
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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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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 "Mark Barry" (London) - 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Peeping Tom soldiers...., 15 Jan. 2014
Six months after the Rage virus has spread throughout the city of London, the United States Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city.

When a carrier of the Rage virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection, havoc once again dawns on the entire population....

28 Days Later was a phenomenon, it was taut, scary, but with a very real feel to it.

So obviously I was dreading the fact that a sequel was being released. But I could have put my mind at rest as soon as this was green-lit, because not only is it a great sequel, it's a very good standalone genre movie too.

Basically picking up five months after the end of the first movie, it has nothing to do with the original characters, but it follows the same essence.

Like the first movie, the film opens with an amazing sequence, this time a country house invaded by infected, and a Husband abandoning his wife in favour of survival. It's a pretty intense sequence, and sets the mood for the rest of the film.

To cut a long story short, the husband is living in a safe zone, meets up with his kids, kids go wandering, find mum who is at home, bring her back, she's partially infected, kisses Robert Carlyle who in turn gets infected, and all hell breaks loose.

Then it's a battle for survival, and they bring Rose Byrne and Hawkeye along for the ride.

it's simple stuff, but executed in such a good manner. The only thing that bothered me was Carlyle, whom after becoming infected, turned up everywhere where his children were.

Stand out scenes include a helicopter used as a weapon, and an infection outbreak in dark car park.

it's a well made sequel, lot's of fun, and at least if this was reality, Bowie would still be making music....
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really well done sequel, 30 May 2013
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Griesmayer (Wien, Österreich) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Parallel to the much better known Resident Evil universe, it seems the makers of 28 Days Later have now created their own story arc - you have a healthy world, but an infected Britain, as the events of the first movie portray. Their take on zombies is also a refreshing one - they aren't undead, but living people who have lost all higher cognitive capabilities and completely succumbed to uncontrollable animalistic rage (that for story reasons of course doesnt cause them to attack other infected). The infection happens within 20 seconds after the host's blood or body fluid is passed on to the victim's blood or mucous membrane (e.g. lips, eyes etc.). So while the spreading rate of the virus is much faster and more aggressive than in other zombie movies, it at the same time also makes it easier for the virus to be contained, as the chances of an infected person making it past surveillance out of the zone without being noticed is next to nonexistent.

The story picks up where the first film left off, but with new characters. After Britain was successfully quarantined, they only had to wait it out until all the zombies died of starvation. Then, the resettlement of Britain begins - initially, 15000 people are brought back to an enclosed, highly militarized sector in London, where the rebuilding of society begins (I have no idea why people were so keen on returning less than 7 months after the initial outbreak - if this film were called 28 Months Later, it would have made more sense, as Britain has to be rebuilt someday after all, and the zombie-skeletons shown in this movie would then also make sense if the bodies had rotted for more than 2 years). If the American nature of zombie movies has somehow conditioned you and seeing everone speak British English somehow taken that familiar zombie apocalypse feeling away, then fear not - them jolly ol' Americans are back and make for a strong presence in this movie, giving it that familiar feel back.

The film is well done, there is just the right mix of action, suspense, horror, character depth and storyline* continuity to make this movie enjoyable. The runtime of 100 minutes felt a tad short though, and the ending is ambiguous at best, but overall, I enjoyed this film a lot more than the first - the camerawork looks more professional, the soundtrack is more in line with that of a blockbuster, and it all just looks and feels more in line with a classic zombie apocalypse setting than the first film did, which concentrated too much on a handful of characters and had some scenes which completely ruined the immersion (singing and shopping in a supermarket? come on).

A four, out of five, for this great film, but one which could have gone on for another fifteen minutes and had a greater climax and perhaps an ending where we aren't left to speculate.

* = the story suffers from some ridiculously bad plot holes, though. For example, the idea of herding all people into a large room to avoid anyone getting infected by the lone zombie is a good one, but leaving the door unsecured with no soldiers on guard duty is completely ridiculous. Also, later on in the film the idea to leave your rifle behind and start pushing the car only to be barbecued is equally lame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars re-infection, 27 Mar. 2008
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sequal to the movie 28 days later, which involved an outbreak of a virus in britain that makes those infected become mindless flesh eating zombies who can run very fast.

This takes up the story a few months on, with all the infected having seemingly died out. britain is steadily being repopulated and survivors are being housed in the london docklands, in an area controlled by american troops.

two children who were abroad when the outbreak happened return to the country and are reunited with their father. a survivor with a guilty secret. But when the virus returns and there's a new outbreak the two children could be the saviours of the human race. If they and some other survivors can get out of the city...

Absolutely deserving of an 18 certificate this is a very violent and bloody film and not for the squeamish. since horror is not my thing but post apocalyptic disaster stories are I finally gave in and watched this, and much to my surprise throughly enjoyed it.

Where it succeeds are in having a group of very sympathetic main characters who you can really root for, and in some stunning shots of a deserted london. It turns into quite a gripping chase movie, and there's a memorable last scene that sets up a propsed third film. I'll see that when it comes out.

This is a single disc dvd, and the extras are:

a commentary from the director and writer

two deleted scenes [the first good the second rather superfluous so you can see why it was cut]with commentary from the above

the cinema trailer for the film

three making of documentaries, running from fifteen to seven minutes in length. all pretty good but a bit brief

and two chapters from a graphic novel that told stories which tie in with the first film. the images from this comic are shown on screen with actors reading out the dialogue. they're good stories and this is an interesting feature so they're worth a look.

english subtitles

Very good film. not a bad dvd
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3.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the tin, 25 Feb. 2008
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O. Doyle "celticshedevil" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The movie begins with the introduction of a handful of people hiding out from the infected. After a short time, the house is attacked and most of the group killed by the zombie-like masses. Robert Carlyle and his wife are separated and he escapes leaving her to her fate.

Next, the US military descend on the UK with the plan of repopulating London and thereby set up a `safe zone'. Carlyle's 2 children are reunited with their father - their father just happens to have complete access to everything about the compound they're living on. Day 1 back in Blighty and the kids easily slip out of the safe zone and head back to get some things from their former home.

Upon returning home, the children discover that their mother somehow (which is never revealed) survived the attack and has been living in the house for the past few months. The military arrive at the house and take the children and their mother back to the "safe zone". The mother is a carrier of the disease who shows no symptoms of infection and is therefore a precious commodity as she may contain the secrets to a cure. When Robert Carlyle hears his wife is still alive he goes to visit her. Predictably the wife infects Carlyle....he kills the wife and then sets off on his mission to infect everyone in the `safe zone'.

From here on in the film spirals into your basic "zombie chase". Robert Carlyle emerges as a logical zombie if such a thing exists as his sole purpose is to track down and kill his children. Then again this movie was never meant to be believable now was it.

Ultimately this is your usual zombie movie with lots of blood and gore but even for me there was a bit too much gore. I'm not squeamish but I had to turn away at this movie more than once. But if you enjoyed 28 days later then you probably won't be worried about the gore in 28wks later!

In summation.....it does what it says on the tin.
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