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28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later (2007) Movie Poster
  •  UK / Spain  •    •  100m  •    •  Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.  •  Starring: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Idris Elba, Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton, Amanda Walker, Shahid Ahmed, Garfield Morgan, Emily Beecham, Beans El-Balawi.  •  Music by: John Murphy.
       28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage Virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage Virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection and the nightmare begins... again.

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So yes, I am late to the 28 -unit of time- Later party. I watched 28 days later about a week before 28 weeks later and loved it up until the last quarter or so of the movie. So I foolishly went into 28 weeks later expecting a similar experience from a sequel; boy was I disappointed.

A Man escapes certain death, but has in doing so dooms his wife. This is a obviously not an easy decision, but the only intelligent one. So far so good. Now we're at an airport, two children are being examined, a girl and a younger boy, presumably siblings, one of the children has two different eye colors. Okay, so obviously we're to assume he's immune. At first you think "That's too obvious, I'm sure the writers think more of their audience than that", but later on we learn that he is indeed immune and this fact is where the movie hits one of its many sporadic climaxes(Note that I say many climaxes because I'm honestly not sure what this movie is trying to prove, but it's my opinion that it has nothing to offer or prove). Was anyone with an IQ above eighty surprised by this?

We now learn that they are the children of the man from the first scene, the man is now the caretakerengineer of the newly established colony run by American lead NATO forces. I honestly didn't take note or care about any parallels to the war in Iraq, but looking back apparently the filmmakers think Americans are bunch of bumbling idiots; most of the people that gave this movie positive a positive review have proved them to be correct.

So first were made to believe that ANYONE would want to come back to Britain only 28 weeks after such a horrible disease destroyed much of the population. If you can believe that then you have to ask yourself "Whats the point?". There's no way anything productive can be accomplished. With such heavy security it would be far far too expensive. Then you realize the genius behind the operation! The only logical way to keep the operation cheap would be to hire the most incompetent untrained dipshits ever to don the uniform. So you're either going to end up with a new country to do with as you please or a bunch of dead morons; guess which direction the movie goes.

Idiot sibling A convinces idiot sibling B that it wont just be perfectly safe to retrieve a photo of their dead mother from the corpse laden hell hole that is now London, but it will also be fun! They scamper across the bridge, but are detected by a sniper who reports them. I guess were to assume that whoever he reported them to was in no major hurry, because they freely runride about London for what seems like hours. Eventually they get to their house and retrieve a few personal effects. Then the facade of the movie is truly revealed, this movie is simply a product of appallingly lazy writing. The mother who was presumed dead has been living in the house since she escaped the massacre from the first scene. We later find out that though she shows no symptoms, the mother is a carrier of the virus. Everything from the point on is predictable, engineer upon learning his wife is alive nonchalantly waltzes through security(They made a point earlier in the movie to shove his big all access pass in our face and wiggle it around a bit, but even so it doesn't make any sense that he would have access to an area so potentially dangerous) and lays a big sloppy kiss on her. He rages(?) kills the mother and proceeds to infect some morons, and those morons infect other morons, so on and so forth.

Whats the best way to make sure a disease is controlled? If you answered "Huddle everyone you're supposed to be protecting into a confined space where the disease can spread more easily" then you answered correctly! So the predictable happens followed swiftly by the predictable, until we're left with a bunch of morons attempting to survive the onslaught of their moron overlords. The leader of the bunch of morons is one of the sniper morons seen earlier throughout the movie.; he radios his helicopter pilot moron friend and arranges a rendezvous. Remember when arranging a pickup NEVER TELL HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED TO BE PICKED UP. So the pilot moron and sniper moron meet, argue, and then some running happens until the morons trap themselves in a car in the middle of some unidentified deadly gas. The sniper moron gets himself killed by pushing the car out of the gas, his death is met with apathy.

Throughout the movie the zombified father appears randomly. So what a surprise when he appears at the very end of the movie and attacks his children. His son is infected, and now a carrier that shows no signs like his mother(As indicated by what looks like blood in the whites of his eyes). The siblings are evacuated and, predictably, the final scene shows that mainland Europe is now infected, presumably due to some contact between the boy and a priest.

I don't see how anyone with half a brain could have enjoyed this swiss cheese plot. Maybe, MAYBE, if I could have looked past all the gaping plot holes then I might have found something enjoyable in this movie, but I seriously doubt it. The characters aren't believable, plus they're very shallow with few redeeming or relatable qualities(Although I'm sure many moviegoers could relate to their stupidity). Don't support this piece shoveled crap by renting or buying it. Please pretend it never existed and go watch a real movie.


Review by Tim Lee from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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