28 Weeks Later (DVD)

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Description

Seven 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 unwillingly carries a terrible secret. The virus is not yet dead, and this time, it is more dangerous than ever

Product Details

Barcode
6003805077462
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Aug 2007
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Horror
Region
Region 2
Year
2007
Language
English
Studio
20th Century Fox
Runtime
96 min
Age Restriction
16V
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
28 Weeks Later
Release Year
2007
Running Time
91 min
Language
English
Categories
Horror/Suspense / London, England / Military / Sequel / Theatrical Release / Zombies
US Box Office
$28.6 million
Official Website
http://www.foxatomic.com/#movie:TitleId=7
Ratings
IMDb
7.0
Rotten Tomatoes®
70% 66%
Metacritic
78
Synopsis
Danny Boyle's surprise 2003 hit, 28 DAYS LATER, gets the sequel treatment here. Few elements from the first film remain--actor Cilian Murphy doesn't return, and Boyle and screenwriter/novelist Alex Garland take producer credits this time out. In their places step director/co-writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (INTACTO) and actor Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTTING), who bring the original story to its next logical step. The zombies (again referred to as "the infected") from the first film have died out and England is ready for repopulation. The American military are slowly bringing British citizens back to London, where a heavily guarded community is picking up the pieces and trying to return to normal life. Carlyle plays Don, a man who has lost his wife but is reunited with his children, Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton) and Tammy (Imogen Poots), near the start of Fresnadillo's film. The two kids soon escape from the heavily guarded community, go off searching for their childhood home, and discover that mom might not be quite as dead as they originally thought. Chaos follows, with the sadistic military and the forlorn survivors battling both each other and "the infected."

Fresnadillo apes much of Boyle's style from the original film, shooting in rapidly edited sequences that cause plenty of blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments. A pounding soundtrack helps enliven the scenes with "the infected," and an abundance of swooping aerial shots highlight the desolate London landscape. A few minor sub-plots emerge, Fresnadillo offers sly commentary on the military's trigger-happy tendencies, and the film ends up somewhere in between zombie fare such as George A. Romero's LAND OF THE DEAD and dystopian visions of the future such as Alfonso Cuaron's CHILDREN OF MEN.
Notes
Theatrical Release: May 11, 2007
Poster
Poster for 28 Weeks Later
Cast & Crew
Director
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Star
Rose Byrne / Robert Carlyle / Idris Elba / Catherine McCormack / Mackintosh Muggleton / Harold Perrineau / Imogen Poots / Jeremy Renner
Screenwriter
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo / Roland Joffé / Jesus Olmo
Composer
John Murphy
Producer
Danny Boyle / Alex Garland / Andrew MacDonald
Director of Photography
Enrique Chediak
Movie Critics
New York Times
"It is brutal and almost exhaustingly terrifying, as any respectable zombie movie should be. It is also bracingly smart, both in its ideas and in its techniques."
A. O. Scott (11 May 2007, p.E1-E7)
Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's stylish, disturbing and not without its own ideas....[With] non-stop action..."
Rob James (1 Jul 2007, p.38)
Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's not only a worthy sequel to the original, but a razor-sharp horror in its own right."
Nikki Baughan (1 Aug 2007, p.92)
Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo handles the set-pieces superbly..."
Damon Wise (1 Oct 2007, p.132)