"Ongoing Family Nightmare"
28 WEEKS LATER is a bleak sequel to a British horror movie about a man-created virus that turns human beings into raging, angry, insane, biting killers. It picks up with a man, Don, abandoning his wife when some of the insane monsters invade the house where they and others are hiding. Twenty-eight weeks later, all of the infected people are dead, and NATO soldiers led by the United States have taken over London.
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.
(HH, B, AP, P, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, MM) Strong, bleak humanist worldview where all positive, humanitarian efforts to save people from an evil man-created virus fail and no positive examples of religious faith are found (the movie teases the viewer with examples of human morality and decency that come to naught), plus mixed patriotic message where U.S.-led soldiers turn on civilians in time of terrible crisis but two American soldiers are sometime positive, heroic figures but their heroism fails; 50 mostly strong obscenities, three strong profanities and two light profanities, with a few people infected by a virus who vomit blood; lots of very strong, often scary violence includes people infected by a virus go into a violent and bloody rage to the point of viciously biting and killing other people, soldiers mow down infected and non-infected people, soldiers fire bomb people in quarantined district, shots of people burning and being overcome by flames, images of corpses, and cowardly man abandons his wife to enraged killers infected by virus and later becomes infected himself and kills his wife and attacks his children because he's now a raving lunatic; brief depicted sex scene when soldier on guard looks through his rifle binoculars at large apartment building, passionate kiss and bored soldiers on guard make crude sexual remarks; brief partial sexual nudity; alcohol use; no smoking; and, cowardice, cowardly man abandons his wife, family ties fail, U.S.-led soldiers turn on civilians in time of terrible crisis.
28 WEEKS LATER is a bleak sequel to a British horror movie about a man-created virus that turns human beings into raging, insane, biting killers. Don abandons his wife, Alice, to some of the infected killers. The infected people die off, and US-led NATO forces start to re-populate London. Don is reunited with his two children, who were in America. The children find Alice is alive, but the chief medical officer, a woman, discovers that Alice is infected with the virus, but immune. Don becomes infected by his wife, then brutally kills her, and the viral infection starts all over again.
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.