28 Weeks Later (18)

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Review byMatthew Turner09/05/2007

A worthy sequel to the original film thanks to likeable characters, terrific visual effects and some genuinely jaw-dropping action sequences.

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 100 mins

What's it all about? Robert Carlyle stars as Don, a survivor of the original zombie attack, in which he left his wife, Alice (Catherine McCormack), to her fate after fleeing in panic. Six months later, he joins the London reconstruction effort (overseen by the U.S. military) and is reunited with his two children (Imogen Poots and Mackintosh Muggleton), only to discover that Alice is alive and unzombified.

Unfortunately, Alice turns out to be a carrier and it isn't long before a second outbreak leads to another army of scarily speedy zombies, roaming all over Canary Wharf. As the military are ordered to destroy everything in sight, the family take flight, aided by a medical officer (Rose Byrne) and a kindly sniper (Jeremy Renner).

The Good
Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto) takes over from Danny Boyle and does a terrific job, creating both an incredibly tense atmosphere and a vision of a post-apocalyptic London that is eerily believable. Indeed, the film cleverly capitalises on the two most distinctive elements of the original film: images of a deserted London and running zombies.

The performances are superb, particularly Poots and Muggleton, who are effectively the two leads. There isn't much in the way of character development (essentially it's one long chase movie) but Rose Byrne and Jeremy Renner make the most of their underwritten characters, while there's strong support from Robert Carlyle and from Lost's Harold Perrineau as a handy helicopter pilot.

The Great
The action sequences are superbly handled and extremely exciting. One scene in particular contains the most beautiful explosion you'll see all year, while another features an unforgettably jaw-dropping moment that it would be churlish to give away here.

Worth seeing?
28 Weeks Later is an exciting, action-packed and superbly directed thriller that more than lives up to the original film. Highly recommended.

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