May 11, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 19
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28 Weeks Later: A scary view of the future that'll get under your skin
28 Weeks Later: A scary view of the future that'll get under your skin
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

28 Weeks Later Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton,
Jeremy Renner, Catherine McCormack
Opens April 11th

From the calm opening, (which references the events of the first film, 28 Days), you know something awful is going to happen to the couple trying to make do with next to nothing, food wise (Robert Carlyle and Catherine McCormack) and we, the audience are already expecting the worse. Then things go badly sideways, with rampaging 'rage virus' zombies attacking the couple and their friends, starting a panic that ends up with just about everyone dead at the hands of the 'zombies' or 'turned' by the infection that caused people to go on mad killing sprees in '28 Days'.

With that apocalyptic and frightening opening, the audience has its nerves rattled, and even though the father (Robert Carlyle), does survive the attack and moves to urban Britain out of rural Britain, we all know the calm won't last. And this eventual return to evil business as usual is foreshadowed by a young colonel's words to her superior, 'what if it comes back', as she wonders if they've really gotten control of the virus and the U.S. military's efforts to keep things under control will actually be enough. He is self-confident things will get better, but she is not so sure, and when two children (Imogen Poots and Mackintosh Muggleton) are brought into the newly restored living area in London, the colonel is even more worried that a random factor could change everything back to the horror that was.

Unfortunately, she is correct, as the kids, being kids, go off one day on an exploratory 'mission' to retrieve a photo of their mother from the house in the 'off limits zone' outside of the city and encounter their mother. She is not dead (as their father had told them she was), but alive, only she has been infected by the virus, and is not showing symptoms. And with this innocent act, and the arrival of the mother into the safe zone, things do return to the horror, we, the audience has seen coming since the beginning of the movie. And, unfortunately, it's even worse this time, as healthy people turn into killing machines and the military tries to control the outbreak, unsuccessfully.

Even better than the first one, and far creepier, 28 Weeks Later is the kind of film George Romero would have loved, as it is indeed a homage to his Night Of The Living Dead, with zombie carnage filling the screen in vivid color. Not for the timid or easily rattled, this film carries a wallop of fear and gut wrenching horror that'll stay with you long after you leave the theater, so be warned. Maybe see it in the daytime, and then watch a comedy or something fluffy to clear your head.

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