2007   UK 28 Weeks Later
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Director:Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Studio:20th Century Fox
Writer:Rowan Joffe, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Jesús Olmo, Enrique López Lavigne
IMDb Rating:7.0 (87,038 votes)
Awards:3 nominations
Genre:Thriller, Action, Horror
Duration:100 min
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo  ...  (Director)
Rowan Joffe, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Jesús Olmo, Enrique López Lavigne  ...  (Writer)
Catherine McCormack  ...  Alice
Robert Carlyle  ...  Don
Amanda Walker  ...  Sally
Shahid Ahmed  ...  Jacob
Garfield Morgan  ...  Geoff
Emily Beecham  ...  Karen
Beans El-Balawi  ...  Boy in Cottage (as Beans Balawi)
Jeremy Renner  ...  Doyle
Harold Perrineau  ...  Flynn
Rose Byrne  ...  Scarlet
Imogen Poots  ...  Tammy
Mackintosh Muggleton  ...  Andy
Meghan Popiel  ...  DLR Soldier
Idris Elba  ...  Stone
Stewart Alexander  ...  Military Officer
Philip Bulcock  ...  Senior Medical Officer
Chris Ryman  ...  Rooftop Sniper
Tristan Tait  ...  Soldier
William Meredith  ...  Medical Officer
Matt Reeves  ...  Bunker Soldier
Thomas Garvey  ...  Bunker Major
Tom Bodell  ...  Medical Centre Lobby Soldier
Andrew Byron  ...  Carpark Soldier
Sarah Finigan  ...  Carpark Civilian
Roderic Culver  ...  Carpark Civilian
Maeve Ryan  ...  Carpark Civilian
Ed Coleman  ...  Carpark Civilian
Karen Meagher  ...  Carpark Civilian
Amanda Lawrence  ...  Carpark Civilian
Simon Delaney  ...  Carpark Civilian
Drew Rhys-Williams  ...  Carpark Civilian
Raymond Waring  ...  Sam
Kish Sharma  ...  Depot Man
Jane Thorne  ...  Depot Woman
John Murphy  ...  composer
Enrique Chediak  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: As an exercise in pure, unadulterated terror, 28 Weeks Later is a worthy follow-up to its acclaimed predecessor, 28 Days Later. In this ultraviolent sequel from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (hired on the strength of his 2001 thriller Intacto), over six months have passed since the first film's apocalyptic vision of London overrun by infectious, plague-ridden zombies. Just when it seems the "rage virus" has been fully contained, and London is in the process of slowly recovering, an extremely unfortunate couple (Robert Carlyle, Catherine McCormack) is attacked by a small band of rampaging "ragers," and the cowardly husband escapes while his wife is attacked and presumably infected. Their surviving children (Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton) fall under the protection of a U.S. Army sharpshooter (Jeremy Renner), but nobody's safe for long as 28 Weeks Later goes into action-packed overdrive, with scene after blood-gushing scene of carnage and decimation. The film's visuals follow the look established in 28 Days Later, this time with bigger and better scenes of a nearly abandoned London on the brink of utter destruction. The military subplot gets a bold assist from Harold Perrineau (as a daring helicopter pilot) and Idris Elba (in a too-brief role as the military commander), and their firepower--not to mention the efficient lethality of helicopter blades--turns 28 Weeks Later into a nonstop bloodbath that's way too intense for younger viewers and guaranteed to leave hardcore horror fans gruesomely satisfied. That's all there is to it--this film is almost plotless and dialogue is minimal throughout--but as a truly terrifying vision of survival amidst chaos, 28 Weeks Later honors its origins and qualifies as a solid double-feature with Children of Men. Could there be another sequel? Thanks to the "chunnel," the answer in this case is definitely oui. --Jeff Shannon

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