28 Weeks Later (2007)
Six months after the original outbreak of the Rage virus, the UK is a devastated wasteland in quarantine. Slowly, re-population of the City of London begins – in restricted zones under the guardianship of US led UN forces.
This sequel to 28 Days Later takes the initial premise further, and doesn’t waste time in exploring further the horror of the Infected. The opening scenes in particular are designed to make the heart race, as we’re thrust back into the nightmare of the scenario for the first film. In a short while though, the audience finds itself in a precarious new society as the military attempt to reintroduce life to the dead city.
Both Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, who created the original movie – act as Executive Producers on 28 Weeks Later. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo manages to take over the reigns and deliver a solid sequel.
28 Weeks Later does not have the shock value of it’s predecessor; although a quality cast – including Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, the lovely Rose Byrne and Idris Elba – ensure this is a film worth investing your time in.
I still rate the original 28 Days Later as one of the most intense, disturbing cinematic experiences I’ve ever had. Sequels very rarely match up to the first film. 28 Weeks Later has a pretty bloody good go, though.
PS – you can read my write up of 28 Days Later here.