28 Weeks Later is a surprisingly good film. Actually it’s a damn good film and I was lucky enough to see it last night, ahead of its release on Friday.
Although there are notable exceptions, sequels are rarely as good as the original and quite a few people thought 28 Days Later lost the plot half way through (I mostly enjoyed it but found the alternate endings really annoying). However, there was a point to this film beyond extending the franchise which is well summed up by Mark Kermode in the Observer (although the latter part of this review is dear Mark getting overly up himself as per usual):
“Blending thought-provoking moments with heart-stopping scares, the film is both terrifying and thrilling: a worthy successor to 28 Days Later.”
The Observer, 6th May 2007
28 Weeks operates on a number of levels and left me feeling exhausted, terrified and disturbed (this is a good thing). There were echoes of Iraq, Vietnam and the liquidation of the ghettoes – made all the more terrifying by the backdrop of the familiar landmarks and deserted streets of London.
(Although the London thing is also the cause of my only real gripe about this film and that’s its total inaccuracy about the geography of the place – picky I know but I do find those sorts of things really irritating).
I will avoid spoilers but here’s the basic premise of the plot: 28 weeks after the Rage virus has annihilated Britain, the reconstruction of the country is begining in the Isle of Dogs under the watchful eye of the US army. A family is reunited and pesky kids endanger all and sundry by breaking out of the safe zone. Needless to say their actions lead to a rather devastating chain of events which results in the virus being unleashed on London yet again. From then on in it gets really gory and really scary and I won’t give anything else away.
It is one of those films though where you come out of the cinema and talk about the ending as if it’s happening – well I did and for me that’s a sign that it’s pretty shit hot. So, if you can stand the sight of blood and like being scared witless, then go and see this film.