28 Weeks Later ***1/2
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity.
I will admit that I was no a huge fan of "28 Days Later." I found that it drifted from its original purpose about halfway through, and I lost interest. Now oddly enough I found "28 Weeks Later" to be a great surprise-intense, gritty, and extremely well made. By the ending it gave me a little bit of chills. This is clearly a better film, even though it does not have the same director or any of the same cast members. Taking place directly after the events of the first, the virus has been quarantined around London, and the infected seem to have all seized to be. Until two children end up discovering a woman (their mother) who appears to have the virus, but is immune to it. And then when her husband kisses her and comes down with the rage infection, it begins to spread again. London is on complete lock down, and the military is prepared to kill anything that they see moving.
Like the first there is social commentary, only here it fits in the broad scope of the film. The ending does in fact leave the viewer hanging for a third film, but I really do hope that they don't because it was chilling on its own. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo did not drift away from the style and feel of the first-often showing the film as a little grainy and dark, with shaky camera movement. Perhaps there was a bit too much shaking cameras, and the movement of the cameras and the speed of the infected sometimes made it hard to see what was happening. But "28 Weeks Later" is a terrific sequel, surpassing the first one, and being a great zombie creature film. This is intense and visually appealing horror film which I enjoyed immensely.