Release Date: May 11, 2007
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Imogen Poots, Idris Elba, Mackintosh Muggleton
Plot Summary: Six months after the rage virus has annihilated the British Isles, the US Army declares that the war against infection has been won, and that the reconstruction of the country can begin. In the first wave of returning refugees, a family is reunited — but one of them unwittingly carries a terrible secret. The virus is not yet dead, and this time, it is more dangerous than ever
The future of the world is bleak in this obvious anti-war cum AIDS era allegory.
Denizens of people, infected with an all-consuming virus, lose their humanness to acts akin to senseless lemmings jumping off cliffs. Mauling one another, Britain is no longer great, it’s mayhem. Bring in the macho U.S. army to control the situation.
The outbreak is believed to be under control as families cross back into the mainland after 28 weeks of quarantine.
One family gets lost in the commotion. The husband, Don (Robert Carlyle) escapes from an attack of rabid intruders into their cottage. He arrives into London, his children catch up with him. Wife (Catherine McCormack) is mysteriously gone.
Rust never sleeps: Don gets infected through a carrier blowing the city into chaos once again.
The sequel to 28 Days Later continues the story of the virus that obliterated London, centering it on a family who scour the out of control and ruined city, and not the lone survivor who picks up other survivors along the way as it did in part one.
Not as cerebral as the first film, 28 Weeks Later is a pointless sequel adding nothing more. It has rudimentary shocks of horrific blood imbued images, an unsteady camera capturing in shaky motions.
There’s a conscience to the U.S. military mentality in the name of a scientist played by Rose Byrne who sees hope and cures. That’s nothing new, so for a futuristic thriller it’s short on imagination and long on making an anti-war point.
Overblown, overdone, and ultimately unconvincing.
[First version published at entertainmentnutz.com/movies, 2007. The above review is second version]