Thirty-one days of Horror.
For the whole month of October I’ll be watching and reviewing one horror film each day!
In 2002, Danny Boyle and Alex Garland gave us a modern zombie masterpiece. 28 Days Later was a stunning piece of Horror film making, mixing brutal violence, wonderfully realised characters and some sharp social commentary. It was Romero-esque, truly a game changer that jumpstarted the Zombie craze that still rides high now with The Walking Dead.
28 Weeks Later was the inevitable sequel, arriving in 2007. Not exactly a cash in or rush release, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directed from a script by Rowan Joffe, and you can tell from the outset, this film is bigger. The first movie was shot on a gritty handheld, but 28 Weeks has sweeping wide shots and a much less grainy look.
If the first movie is Alien, small, mostly British and scary, then this one is Aliens. Big, full of Americans and action packed.
The story picks up 6 months after Britain has been wiped out from the Rage virus and the US army is trying to rebuild the country starting with London. Obviously, things go very wrong.
28 weeks later has a much larger ensemble cast featuring Robert Carlyle, Imogen Poots, Jeremy Renner, Idris Elba and Rose Byrne. Absolutely huge names now, but in 2007, Carlyle was probably the most famous. Crazy to think Hawkeye and Heimdall once slummed it in zombie movies eh?
I like 28 Weeks Later, it’s nowhere near as good as the first one, but it’s a worthy sequel full of scary moments and genuine tension. My main quibble was that it becomes a little like Jaws the Revenge at one point and that they overuse John Murphy’s incredible theme from the first film.
For Fans Of:
28 Days Later…
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
World War Z
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