I first saw 28 Days Later not too long ago. At the time, I really enjoyed the movie, but for some reason I’d put off watching the sequel. 28 Weeks Later moves a bit quicker than the first film, which I like. The story is compelling and it did leave me wanting more of the story. I give 28 Weeks Later the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London, called District 1, for the survivors to repopulate and start again (from IMDb.com). Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton) and his sister, Tammy (Imogen Poots), are reconnected with their father (Robert Carlyle) in the new district hoping to rebuild their family. However, fate has a way of repeating itself.
Jeremy Renner plays a sniper named Doyle who gets to take on the heroic role. He really is able to be a charismatic good guy. He attempts to help medical officer Scarlet (Rose Byrne) who has teamed up with the children after the infection begins again. They are both extremely likeable on screen and pair well with the children. I became a fan of Poots after Green Room earlier this year. She is just as great on screen here and conveys fear so seamlessly.
My favorite scene…
The opening sequence of this film shows Robert Carlyle as Don and his wife, Alice (Catherine McCormack) living during the infection from the first film. They had holed up in a small house with other survivors. A knock at the door leads them to letting in a young man. Not long after the infected begin pounding on the walls and break through their barriers. It’s a manic scene that really demonstrates the terror of the time. Carlyle is left with a choice of risking his own life to save his wife or escaping. He chooses to leave and save his own skin abandoning his love. It’s an intense scene that will impact the plot of the film tremendously. Yet, it takes place many weeks before the rest of the film will be set.
The film is very unrelenting. It moves at a brisk pace and never seems to lull. In that regard, I find it slightly superior to the first film. There are at least two moments in the first movie that drag on in my mind. The most memorable was when they meet the major played by Christopher Eccleston. It seems like their arrival would be the end, but it continues on in an unneeded plot twist. Well, at leasts that is how it stuck in my brain. I will likely revisit that film at some point as well as 28 Weeks Later. They’re both intense zombie genre films that are worth a watch.