28 weeks later is for a certain class of audience – Audience with affinity towards bloodshed, brutal bloodshed and some raw violence. Fortunately for me, it doesn’t get as bad as Hostel, so I can atleast watch the whole movie. Nevertheless the movie grasps your attention and keeps you involved till the end.
A deadly “rage” virus has attacked Britain, and is spreading exponentially, turning everyone in contact with infected into a flesh eating killer.
The movie starts with a handful of survivors in a closed dark house – Don (Robert Carlyle) and Alice (Catherine McCormack), along with few others in hiding. Immediately after, group of Hannibals like creatures attacks the occupants. In a state of fit, Don runs to save himself, leaving behind his wife, screaming for help.
28 weeks later (this is where the movie begins), US army takes command of the situation, removes the deadly virus, quarantines some area and creates District 1 in London for re-population, with all amenities (even a pub!!). Tammy (Imogen Poots) and Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton), Don and Alice’s children, are brought back to District 1 and reunited with their father. Life seems to be settling down for everyone, until Tammy and Andy decide to go on a casual visit to their old house, only to find their mother-Alice still alive, and help her get rescued. Alice shows miraculous immunity to virus despite being an infection carrier. This makes her a valuable resource for research to develop a vaccine. As Scarlet (Rose Byrne), the chief medical officer discusses her special case with the army chief in command, Don, unaware of her infected condition, decides to meet her.
Well, here-on the script doesn’t seem to stop. Don gets infected, spreads it like a wild-fire, the condition gets out of control and the US army decides to exterminate the whole population. The only hope for Scarlet-the doctor, is to save Don’s children, who she believes, might be carrying their mother’s immune genes. Scarlet and Doyle – a sniper, take responsibility to save the kids. The camera goes from one deserted area to another, from one mode to another, until the kids are the only survivors left.
The film attempts to touch certain behavioral and humane issues like Don’s guilty secret of having left his wife, ironical display of US army’s strategies to deal with exigencies. Notably, this is the exact time of US Army’s presence in Iraq. But soon enough, the movie lost in the crazy zombie mess. Not much fan of the “zombie” genre, I hardly find the movie entertaining. But I would still call it a decent zombie movie, if not good. The movie presents a good plot, with a good preview of the plot, to the shaky cam scenes and the night-mode shots. The film for sure, makes London look like a deserted and abandoned land.
Everything being said, the movie is a sequel to the Danny Boyle’s horror hit “28 days later”. Though directed by Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the movie follows pretty much the same premises but lacks the compassion. If you liked 28 days later, you can give this movie a watch, with not so high expectations.