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An improvement on the original, but it quickly gives in to cliche,
This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD]  (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 For the most part the cheap video photography has been replaced by film (though there are still some unsatisfying moments of overly-distressed low-res video footage) and the road movie format by an initially more epic story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.