28 Weeks Later (2007)

logoDirector: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Writer: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Rowan Joffe, Enrique Lopez Lavignew, Jesus Olmo (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremey Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Idris Elba, Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton


Plot: Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Action Filled Sequel


Story: 28 Weeks Later starts by having a group of survivors in a boarded up farm house with tension rising a shock visit from a young boy leads to the infected attack the house and lone survivor Don (Carlyle) escaping leaving his wife behind. We are then lead into a flash-forward telling us how Britain is attempting to rebuild after the rage virus 28 Weeks Later. With Britain still being rebuilt Don’s children Tammy (Poots) and Andy (Muggleton) are the first children to return, even though the safety zone is still run by the military.

We find out that bringing kids back was a bad idea as the two go running off into the city outside the safety zone which leads to them discovering their infected but not turned mother. The mother locked up in quarantine Don goes to visit but this only leads to the virus taking over the safety zone and all hell letting lose. We follow solider Doyle (Renner) and scientist Scarlet (Byrne) as they try to save the children from the infected.

28 Weeks Later does what many sequels fail to do, creates a fresh look at the aftermath of the epidemic without dragging our characters from the original back even though their story is complete. It also takes the idea that the outbreak is over and focusing on the rebuilding works really well too. On its down side it does fall into the same old survivors running from infected because of a stupid mistake. It doesn’t manage to bring the characters into the interesting zone because it goes into the idea of the children needing saving which takes away what was created. It is enjoy action horror but not to the same level as the original. (7/10)


Actor Review


Robert Carlyle: Don the husband who abandons his wife then brings his kids to London to help rebuild the city from within the safe zone. Robert does a solid job and everyone will remember that opening sequence. (7/10)


Rose Byrne: Scarlet scientist who is trying to help figure out the virus, she isn’t happy they have bought kids back because they don’t fully understand the virus and once the outbreak happens again she goes out her way to save them. Rose gives a solid performance but doesn’t shine as much as she could. (6/10)


Jeremy Renner: Doyle slick sniper who is one of the protectors of the city but once the outbreak happens he joins in the rescue attempts while the virus ends up with a shoot on site policy that orders demand. Jeremy does a good job and we get early ideas of what he will be like as Hawkeye. (7/10)


Imogen Poots: Tammy daughter of Don who keeps looking after her brother and together they go into the restricted zone which ends up causing all the problems. Imogen does a good job in the early role. (7/10)


Support Cast: 28 Weeks Later has a bigger supporting cast but in the end they all make the typical errors in an infected outbreak.


Director Review: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo – Juan does take the film in a slightly different direction which is good but he loses the suspense the first one had. (7/10)


Horror: 28 Weeks Later continues to use infected as its horror using survivor horror elements. (9/10)

Settings: 28 Weeks Later uses London as its setting well using the more iconic locations for the audience. (8/10)
Special Effects
: 28 Weeks Later does take the effects to the next level with the helicopter scene showing how far they have come. (9/10)

Suggestion: 28 Weeks Later is one for all the horror fans to enjoy, it doesn’t quite reach the same levels as its predecessor but is still a good watch. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: Opening sequences is very intense.

Worst Part: typical supporting characters.

Action Scene Of The Film: Opening sequences

Kill Of The Film: Helicopter

Scariest Scene: Locked in the basement.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Left open for one but we haven’t had one yet.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $64 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: The Threat Is Everywhere


Overall: Solid Sequel

Rating 74

6 comments on “28 Weeks Later (2007)

  1. I liked both films but I actually prefer the second over the first. I find some xombie flilms don’t show us just how bad their apocalypse is but here I really feel the desperation, especially in the opening sequence. Carlyle is great, I like Renner and though Rose Byrne is ok by me it was kind of cool seeing her beaten to death.

    • i did enjoy the opening scene too, i think you could feel this was more commercial still better than most of the stuff that comes out. i do also feel they are hard to compare because the environments are very different.

      • The look and feel of them are very different for me, which I think is good because otherwise it’d just be the same movie repeated. I hope they change it up again if they make another.

      • I can see 28 Hours Later being a sort of spin-off in real time, kind of like an episode of ’24’ but with horrible zombies. 28 Months Later would be awesome because things are only going to get worse if you ask me.

      • Yeah Hours could have plenty of different endings and ideas, characters and be repeated with different ones too, but will nearly always go the same direction. months could go anywhere though

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