28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later is the sequel to 28 Days Later, but will anyone remember anything about it even 28 hours later?

This time it is director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo showing us a story which continues off of where Danny Boyle’s film ended; somewhat. 28 weeks later the infection that has been turning people into amped up zombie-like, raging killers seems to have died off and people are slowly being brought to a contained area of Britain for repopulation. However, as ill cinematic luck would have it, the infection breaches the compound and all hell breaks loose.

The cast consists of  talents such as Catherine McCormick, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, and Rose Byrne. However it is the two younger leads that really become the focus as played by Imogen Poots and making his film debut Mackintosh Muggleton. Acting isn’t an issue with this film.

The main issue with the film is the appearance that the new director was hired to try and duplicate the look of Danny Boyle’s film; Boyle did produce on this. If you get car sick or have epileptic seizures don’t bother watching and for fans of Boyle: don’t accept imitations. They go as far as to cast another person seemingly for their eyes,  with this time Imogen Poots’ beautiful peepers replacing those odd vision globes of  Cillian Murphy from the first one. Gone is the intimacy developed in the first film in which we were still given some mystery and sense of discovery. This movie is filmed summer blockbuster style with more emphasis on the action and special effects and less time giving the actor room to act within the shaky camera’s eye. The special effects money was not put to waste; the movie does indeed look cool with some nice nighttimes sky shots particularly. However, the film as a whole feels like a disposable sequel just made to set up even more sequels, and really 28 Days Later was a stand alone film and doesn’t need a franchise.

The story has all of the same logical errors as one could expect from blockbuster style filming and a screenplay that was passed through the hands of at least 4 people. When you get that many different writers working on something, which is becoming the Hollywood norm, you better be aiming at television quality plots because they don’t end up with a solid story telling voice overall.

28 Days Later had several memorable moments within it: when the lady is forced to kill her friend abruptly and then the rescue scene to the theme music in the end are two emotionally charged ones off the top of my head. The opening of 28 Weeks Later uses not only the same music, but does indeed capture the emotion. However, it seems like the project lost its momentum after that and was reduced to popcorn fodder. Awesome opening though.

Is it worth a rent? Sure, it is a solid film for rental entertainment, but there are low budget horror films more worthy of getting the money and big screen action that this one got, which could be some sort of message to the powers that be. 28 Weeks Later was a one watch experience that I will have forgotten by tomorrow.

7 thoughts on “28 Weeks Later”

  1. No offense to Wes cause I love your critiques, but most of the times we have varying views. I am not sure why. 28 weeks later is a two piece horror flick, to watch it alone is selling the film short. You must see 28 days later first because it is incredible and has great replay value, the ending alone is worth while. 28 weeks on the other hand is just charged with action rather than building a solid plot that could last another sequel. Days….had a much better script, premise was almost original even though it stole so many ideas from other movies, it just seems original. Weeks on the other hand had great action scenes, which I am a sucker for. The musical score alone is worth seeing it, cause it is incredible, even though torn from the first one. One scene in particular that hit me as great scripting, the one similar to the first flick…I dont want to throw in a spoiler but it has to do with eyes. The way that they related the two movies through that action even though the intentions were so different, I thought was unique and eerie, in days i cheered for the action in a sense, but in weeks I just felt sorry for her, why would they show that I thought? It just shows how much of a change in demand from movie-goers is present. In the sense of the movie though, the action is something that society demands, people would rather see this than a tear jerker. Overall I thought it was a must see if you saw the first and my only hope is that Danny Boyle comes back for a sequel to the sequel, cause even though he was helping with this movie, it didn’t seem to hit the same level of good as the first film did.
    4/5

  2. I feel that the review is being a bit tough on 28 Weeks Later. Sometimes it is better to try to distance yourself from comparing a sequel to the first film. Would you have judged Weeks less harshly if it were a stand alone film, rather than a sequel? I do agree that Weeks wasn’t as good as Days, but I did like the family dynamic that was brought into Weeks, with Carlyle and McCormack and especially the kids having to deal with the aforementioned. Also, I thought the story with the US occupation was deftly handled, yet overt enough in its critique to be pointed.

    Also, Weeks is a much better film on the big screen. Unfortunately, in some films, things are just better when hugely projected with full sound. Besides the bombing of London was pretty awesome.

  3. No, it’s not as good as the first. The sad thing is that they can still make two more sequels, 28 months later and 28 years later. I wouldn’t be surprised if they make a 28 decades later or even a 28 centuries later. Lets hope they dont go that far. This film is so dark, loud, and shaky it is hard to tell or even care about what is going on. I would give it 1.5/5 stars. The first was surprisingly good.

  4. If it were stand alone film that someone pitched aside from Danny Boyle it would have lacked originality and a million other zombie apocalypse films could have taken its place with a grand special effects budget. “What if” scenarios do not matter here for I did not review it in the land of make believe. :)

  5. Like I said though earlier, you gotta consider the vast differences. Mainly that Days is a British flick, by a british director, Weeks is an “American” flick by a spanish director, dont want to say he was out of his element but yeah. Also 28 days later focused less on the infected and more on the survivors while Weeks seemed almost as if it wanted every character to get infected by the end of the movie. I could see one more sequel to this at most two, but for an action flick I think it had a little more depth than I expected which is why i like it so much.

  6. I, personally, liked it. The shaky camera got irritating at time but regardless, I dug it. Not as good as Danny Boyle’s original film but definitely LOOKED better.

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