Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner
My Rating: 3/5
This review was originally written on 30th August 2009.
When I saw the first part of this movie 28 Days Later, I never thought that the director would win an Oscar for a non-horror movie. For me he was a revolutionary horror movie director. But lo! He did won an Oscar and that too this year itself! And who would that guy be? Danny Boyle. Yes I am right. I never thought Danny Boyle, the director of 28 Days Later could ever make a film like Slumdog Millionaire in future. With 28 Days Later he had reinvented the art of scaring the audience. This series contains blood thirsty and surreal zombies spreading unrealistic terror and blood throughout Britain. This is not like any other run of the mill horror movie. It has a really interesting story line and a not-so-crazy screenplay unlike every other horror movie which are just made to scare your ass off! 28 Weeks Later continues from where 28 Days Later had left, except for the fact that it has some more gore and intensity.
After the rage virus destroys the whole of mainland Britain, a US led troops takes control of Britain. It begins reconstructing everything and tries to make the things normal again. All the things are going as planned. The infected people have died of starvation. But still something goes wrong and the whole situation blows out of control. Left with no other options, the commander orders the execution of “code-red” which literary means killing every civilian in order to prevent the spreading of the virus at a larger scale. But how did the chaos begin? What happens next? Go, find it out yourself!
If after watching the movie you were thinking why the hell didn’t the virus wreak havoc in other parts of the world here’s my take: Britain is surrounded by water on all 4 sides, infected human beings and animals can’t reach mainland Europe from that way. Though I suspect whether migratory birds can carry the virus?
28 Weeks Later creates a whole new dimension, when the zombies travels across the English channel in the Channel Tunnel (Wow what brains!!) and reach France (Eiffel Tower can be seen clearly). With this we might be able to see the consequences of virus infecting people across the globe in the next installment 28 Months Later rumored to be directed by Danny Boyle.
What differentiates this flick with it’s predecessor is that it is more violent and disturbing. The scenes of killing are painful to watch especially the massacre scene. The gore content in this movie surpasses that of Saving Private Ryan on my list. This movie is definitely not for people below the ages of 18 years (though they would be itching to watch!) and weak hearted adults.
Rose Byrne & Jeremy Renner were awesome. Robert Carlyle was quite good. But the child artiste’s Mackintosh Muggleton & Imogen Poots as siblings were simply flawless and natural. The background score by John Murphy was as frightening & chilling as the movie itself. I would give 5/5 to the sound department. A special mention must be given to the cinematography and the way the camera work was edited using the latest technology. The movie makes use of computer generated darkness at many scenes which is pretty cool. This is another factor which makes the movie very realistic!
Watch this movie only if you are into horror stuff. This movie might ruin the day for serious movie watchers because of it’s content. I would have given it a 4/5. But I was kinda frustrated by the over the top violent scenes.