28 Weeks Later – UK | Spain, 2007

‘When days turn to weeks…’

28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish science fiction horror feature film directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders) from a screenplay co-written with Rowan Joffé, E. L. Lavigne and Jesus Olmo. It is a sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later…

The movie stars Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Imogen Poots, and Idris Elba.

The soundtrack score was composed by John Murphy (The Last House on the Left; Basic Instinct 2; 28 Days Later…; Darklands).

Plot:

Six months after the original epidemic, the rage virus has all but annihilated the population of the British Isles. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army declares the danger past, and American soldiers arrive to restore order and begin reconstruction. Refugees return to British soil, but one of them carries a deadly secret: The virus is not gone and is even more dangerous than before…

Reviews:

“Under Fresnadillo’s assured direction, 28 Weeks Later blurs the line between genre entertainment and a photojournalist’s shots of the next urban catastrophe.” Scott Tobias, AV Film

” …Weeks delivers on several levels– it’s scary and gruesome, but it also humanizes the rage victims in the film, all the while giving the viewer hope for the future of this world and at the same time letting us know that this disaster is far from over. While not quite as good as the original, this film stays true to the story…” Martin Liebman, Blu-ray.com

“Strictly in visual terms, the image is clearer and easier on the eyes than the first film. It’s also more complex in terms of plot and emotion, but it’s also deeply flawed by two lapses in logic at the center of the plot. The first is large; the second is massive, and by the end, much of action is cartoonishly unrealistic.” Mike Mayo, The Horror Show Guide

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” …a sequel that improves over the original in all areas. The overly familiar genre ideas of 28 Days Later have been extrapolated into a new scenario that has been logically and sociologically extended from the end of the original. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and his co-writers demonstrate an immensely assured narrative drive and sense of pace.” Richard Scheib, Moria

” …brutal and almost exhaustingly terrifying, as any respectable zombie movie should be. It is also bracingly smart, both in its ideas and in its techniques” A. O. Scott, The New York Times

” …it’s way better than the first movie. I liked that one to, but it felt to fragmented and even a bit to pretentious for it’s own good. Not a bad movie, but over-hyped. Here we have a story with strong emotions, some very interesting questions about morality and humanity.” Ninja Dixon

“Fresnadillo ups the gore quotient and shows a penchant for showoff editing and strobe lighting that Boyle avoided. It grabs you though, hard and often.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Actions speak louder than words, and after a terrific setup of the present situation (which does bring to mind the artful stillness of a city eerily silenced by tragedy from the first film; again, John Murphy’s evocative music helps set the tone), the filmmakers let ’em rip with the gore. And there’s a lot of it…” Brian Skutle, Sonic Cinema 

28 Weeks Later is trash, if only because of its less than watertight script and emphasis on gore, but at least it is well-made trash: it is definitely well-filmed and adrenaline-charged, and it interests and often scares, but once too often the forced mechanisms of its plot detract from the overall experience.”  A Wasted Life

“Although made for more than twice the budget, this follow-up barely grossed half as much as the original, possibly because it relied on techno-props rather than the simple insular intensity of 28 Days Later and went for flashy effects more than flash mobs.” Alain Silver and James Ursini, The Zombie Film from White Zombie to World War Z, Applause Books, 2014

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“Some viewers may be turned off by the grim tone and the horrible fates of many likable characters. There are a couple of particularly nasty deaths, including a cringe-inducing eye gouging. But director Fresnadillo set out to tell a bleak and frightening tale that’s not for the faint hearted, and to his credit that’s exactly what he achieved.” Glenn Kay, Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide, Chicago Review Press, 2008

Main cast and characters:

  • Robert Carlyle … Don
  • Rose Byrne … Scarlet
  • Jeremy Renner … Doyle
  • Harold Perrineau … Flynn
  • Catherine McCormack … Alice
  • Idris Elba … Stone
  • Imogen Poots … Tammy
  • Mackintosh Muggleton … Andy
  • Amanda Walker … Sally
  • Shahid Ahmed … Jacob
  • Garfield Morgan … Geoff
  • Emily Beecham … Karen
  • Beans El-Balawi … Boy in Cottage (as Beans Balawi)
  • Meghan Popiel … DLR Soldier
  • Stewart Alexander … Military Officer

Technical credits:

100 minutes | 1.85: 1 | DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Release and box office:

28 Weeks Later was released in the United Kingdom and United States on 11 May 2007. It took $64,238,440 worldwide.

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