28 Weeks Later (2007)

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It all makes sense. They’re executing code red. Step 1: Kill the infected. Step 2: Containment. If containment fails, then Step 3: Extermination.

— Scarlet

The slick-looking 28 Weeks Later is a slight departure from the gritty goodness of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. I actively avoided seeing this at the theater, because I thought that it would be a retread of a movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo took over the director reigns with Danny Boyle serving as executive producer. This movie is a worthy follow-up.

This story follows a different group of survivors from the outbreak than the previous film. Donald (Robert Carlyle) and his wife, Alice (Catherine McCormack) are hiding out in an older couple’s house when the infected bust into the house. He cowardly leaves his wife behind with the infected in order to escape.

Over the next 28 weeks, the infected with the rage virus have died from starvation. American forces resolve the situation in London. It is declared free from the infection. The rebuilding begins with the survivors.

Fifteen thousand survivors are allowed back in London before they go into quarantine, then the refugee camps. The survivors are living on the Isle of Dogs, a safe haven for the survivors aka District 1. The surrounding areas are contaminated for the dead infected that hasn’t been cleaned up yet.

Donald’s kids, Tammy (Imogen Poots) and Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton) are reunited with them. They wonder where their mother is at and Donald bends the truth about what happened to her.

After having a nightmare, Andy fears that he might forget what his mother looks like. The kids sneak away from the island where a sniper, Doyle (Jeremy Renner) spots them. They go back to their old house. In the process of getting their, Andy finds his mother hiding in the upstairs. She appears not to be an infected.

She is quartered in a special area of the Island where Scarlet (Rose Byrne) examines her. She determines that Alice contains the virus, because of her genetic mutation is immune to the infection, but she is a carrier of the virus. Unbeknownst to Donald that sees her later on when the virus is reignited.

This movie is more schizophrenic that it’s predecessor. Some sequences were too jarring and frantic for my taste. I didn’t like at the last half of the movie. The texture is a little off trying to make midday into night. There are some inconsistencies and plot-holes that bothered me. I will discuss them in the spoiler section.

There were some interesting ideas in this movie about Andy and how his same mutation could help contain the rage virus.

Judgment: A solid installment in this franchise that does have its flaws.

Rating: ****

(SPOILER SECTION)

The amount of time that the rage virus takes effect varies. When one girl is bitten, she turns in two seconds flat. When Don is bitten, there has to be a minute sequence for him to change.

I don’t understand how when Doyle, Scarlet and the kids got into the car when the nerve gas waft in. They were covering up their mouths. When the infected swarmed the car, why did the kids have to scream with their uncovered mouths?

When Don gets turned into one of the infected, he follows the kids from the containment lab to the streets of District One to that abandoned subway station. Huh?

The last shot of the movie when the infected are running towards the Eiffel Tower. How could that happen? Did they swim the English Channel to get into France?

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Posted on October 29, 2009, in 2007, Action, Creep-A-Thon, Horror, Running Feature, Sci Fi, Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. It’s psychological terror was just as deep seeded as the visual terror the film plagues you with, and you are essentially a goner for it’s nightmare. It may not have been as ground breaking or as good as 28 Days Later, but it certainly held it’s own, especially in the realm of sequels.

    *Spoiler*

    I think the point was the girl was a carrier and it could have passed anywhere unnoticed. Either way, creepy ending.

  2. Maybe by then they would have mutated to giving birth to the “infected” and mutate even further.

  3. They didn’t swim over – the catch was that the kid was immune, but a carrier just like the mother, you can tell because of the eyes. All it would take would be for the kid to share a cup or an ice cream with someone and the virus would start spreading. So really it was a downer ending that seemed like a clean getaway.

    A good movie – but not great like it’s predecessor.

  4. Guess I should read the other comments before shooting my mouth off…

    • I understand that the kid’s immune, but the infection took place in London. How did it go to France? The infected just want to spread it. Going on boat or plane would be counter productive. They might starve.

  5. Well, the France thing is just a random country that isn’t isolated on an island. I think it’s just to show that the infection is no long boxed in by water.

  6. You guys are all idiots. Google Channel Tunnel, sometime referred to as the Chunnel.

    Still a plot hole: why didn’t the zombies come down the Chunnel in the first movie when the world was off guard? Why in the world would it still be open after the first episode if they’re trying to quarantine Britain?

    • Chunnel, shmunnel. I have no doubt that they would have destroyed the Chunnel as part of the quarantine. It would have definitely been a plot element otherwise.

      The kid was an immune carrier like his mother. End of story.

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