28 WEEKS LATER
Ongoing Family Nightmare
Release Date: May 11, 2007
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne,
Jeremy Renner, Harold
Muggleton, Imogen Poots, and
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: Fox Atomic/20th Century Fox
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Executive Producer: Danny Boyle and Alex Garland
Producer: Enrique Lopez-Lavigne, Andrew
MacDonald and Allon Reich
Writer: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Rowan
Joffe, E.L. Lavigne, and Jesus
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Inexplicably, Don has been placed in charge of maintenance for the district, where NATO has let some expatriate British civilians back in to live, including Don's two children, who were in America. The two children disobey orders and sneak out of the district to their old home, where they find that their mother, Alice, has survived. The female medical doctor in charge discovers that Alice and her two children have a genetic immunity to the virus. She doesn't tell Don, however, who reconciles with Alice, but becomes infected by the virus in her when they share a kiss. Enraged by the virus, Don murders Alice and escapes into the population, where the deadly virus begins to rage again.
28 WEEKS LATER turns around the positive, moral premise of the first movie – that compassion conquers rage – and just gives viewers one act of human stupidity and cruel human violence after another. Thus, all positive, humanitarian efforts, including family ties, to gain victory over the killer virus and the movie's other deadly obstacles and situations ultimately fail. The movie also has plenty of gratuitous foul language, a brief sex scene and no positive references to religious faith. Also unlike the first movie, the sequel contains little or no edifying social messages.
Ultimately, 28 WEEKS LATER is as mindless as many of its characters. On that note, you can tell you're watching a failed horror movie when the story has too many of its characters continuing to do stupid things that put them and other people in needless danger. The plot also piles on too many unbelievable coincidences.
28 WEEKS LATER abandons the positive, moral premise of the first movie – that compassion conquers rage – and gives viewers one act of human stupidity and cruel violence after another. Thus, all positive, humanitarian efforts, including family ties, to gain victory over the killer virus and the movie's other deadly obstacles and situations ultimately fail. The movie's talented cast and professional production values are betrayed by its bleak worldview, stupid characters, gratuitous foul language, graphic violence, and lack of religious faith. There is also a brief sex scene.