28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later

Directed: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring: Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle

The U.S. Army is brought to England to help the uninfected start rebuilding, yet it seems there is a new kind of zombie mutant.

The movie doesn’t start out 28 weeks later, but only a few days after the end of the first movie. It starts out very frightening and gross, then heartbreaking when you don’t believe what one character does to another one. To say too much would give it away, and I think it is the best twist of the movie.

It jumps forward to 28 weeks later where the U.S. Army has taken over London. It has deemed the central part of London safe and decontaminated since the last zombie died six months earlier. There are still the outer parts of London and England that have not been decontaminated. There are dead bodies and grossness still out and about, which some kids come across after they are reunited with their dad (the kids had been out of the country on vacation when the zombie mess happened) and snuck out since they couldn’t spend two seconds inside the contaminated zone. They run into other interesting things out there, which leads to a recontamination of almost everything.

After that, there is just a bunch of running, yelling, bloodshed, and so forth. What started out with an interesting twist gets lost in the standard horror thriller where everyone dies one by one. While one zombie does seem to have a personality, and is very sneaky, like a rogue zombie, but everything else gets tiresome. While the first movie had characters running around, there was an extra tenseness of what had happened and wondering if everywhere in the world was like London. Those questions have been somewhat answered already, so it just leaves a bunch of running, killing zombies and then dying from zombies.

The end has a slight twist that is fun, but so many people you might have been rooting for are dead, so you just don’t care by the end if anyone is alive. Maybe that’s why I thought the twist was fun. I just didn’t care anymore. I was just glad it was over.

Rating: C

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