Monday, May 18, 2009

28 Weeks Later

Many horror fans around the world were probably glad that a big studio secured the rights to make a sequel of an outstanding independent horror film. However, with this sequel to Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later comes a few unpleasant surprises. Of course, one has to notice that 28 Weeks Later, like its predecessor, still has the same effectiveness when it comes to deal with the bright or the dark side of human nature. However, is being entertaining a guarantee of quality? Now, you just watch and figure it out for yourself.

Many months after most of the British population has been infected by the virus of the rage, many survivors were harbored in foreign countries. Obviously, twenty-eight weeks later it's reported that all the infected people died from starvation. This is why an American-led NATO force supervizes the repopulation of Great Britain by starting in a fully secured area of London with the survivors. However, things don't go as planned, because the NATO and the survivors never thought that the virus was back. Besides, when things get out of control, the head of the NATO force declares code red and orders the soldiers to kill indistinctly infected people and survivors alike.

Obviously, while being more entertaining and more elaborate (because of its special effects), 28 Weeks Later manages in some way to live up to the first movie. In fact, while 28 Days Later dealt with solidarity in extreme situations, this film goes even further by adding paranoia in its topic. This means that the story make us wonder if, this time, human beings show a better ethical judgement in extreme situations. With such a sensitive theme, one can be sure that the film relies on a cast of competent actors like Jeremy Renner, as Sgt. Doyle, Imogen Poots, as Tammy, or Robert Carlyle, as Don, just to name a few. However, while the film is entertaining and good, there were times when the film was unrealistic, so to speak. For instance, what kind of idiot would open the door to someone who is clearly infected? Oh right, it's for entertainment purpose, because if the script was different, there wouldn't be any raison d'être to the story.

Finally, the cast's performance really helps the film to be almost as good as the first one. However, I didn't watch this film to learn some revelations about what it means to make a film where everything makes sense. As long as you accept the few flaws (concerning the probability of what you see in the story), you'll still be entertained by the sequel of 28 Days Later.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:UK/Spain (2007)
Length:99 minutes
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Enrique Lopez-Lavigne, Rowan Joffe and Jesús Olmo
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring:Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Mackintosh Muggleton, Imogen Poots, Harold Perrineau, Robert Carlyle, Catherine McCormack and Idris Elba

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