Horror Science Fiction Thriller In this chilling sequel to 28 Days Later, the inhabitants of the British Isles appear to have lost their battle against the onslaught of disease, as the deadly rage virus has killed every citizen there. And although the Rage virus in these two films does not produce an 'undead' zombie, the 'infected' nevertheless present a similarly formidable and threatening antagonist. It also dwarfs 28 days later in terms of gore, meaning true horror fans have much more in the way of visceral glee to sink their teeth into pun intended. I'll write more on this later. This I can honestly say is not an overstatement. Overall I'd say this is one of the best zombie films I've ever seen, in fact, one of the most effective thrillers I've seen, as well.
Overall the most powerful element of the film isn't really character based, but rather the theme of a terrible pandemic that, besides a small twist, isn't much changed from the first movie. Twenty-eight days later, Cycle courier Jim awakes from a coma in the deserted intensive care unit of a London hospital. But not everything goes to plan. This time, of course, there now two implacable predators out there hunting them down: the rage virus from the first film, and the military which is attempting to maintain control of any outbreak, but is willing to visit unspeakable horrors upon innocent people if they cannot keep that control. Somehow it managed to create characters worth caring about as well as throwing mindless zombies at them. When there is on-screen violence, there is absolute shock and horror.
Twenty eight weeks after the outbreak that annihilated the population of Great Britain, London is considered safe and the British survivors return under the coordination of the American Army, that keeps the city under permanent surveillance. I've never been a huge fan of the zombie horror genre, but I was very impressed by Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later? During the initial outbreak, Don Harris Robert Carlyle and his wife Alice Catherine McCormack sat holed up with a small band of survivors in a remote farmhouse. They miss their mother and decide to escape to their old house to retrieve pictures and some other personal belongings. As the reconstruction process gets underway and the first wave of refugees return to British shores, a family separated by the devastation is happily reunited. Terrifying and astonishing frames about apocalyptic events with deserted streets, and creepy mood at London without people totally uninhabited , similarly to classics movies, such as ¨Quatermas and pit, Omega man and Lifeforce¨. I believe 28 Weeks Later did appreciate as a sequel with only a couple very minor depreciative concepts , and that was a surprise. So the Rage virus, while perfectly suited in close quarters would likely not travel much farther than a pair of human legs could travel.
Their kids well out of harm's way at a remote boarding school, Don and Alice's outlook for the future is decidedly bright until all hell breaks loose in the country and Don just barely manages to escape the clutches of the infected. I also disapproved of the director switch, fearing that yet another low-budget gem will be Americanised by Hollywood, made far too slick for its own good. The actions scenes are masterfully done, effectively placing the viewer in the points of view of both the victims and the crazed, but still scarily human, zombies. It might be the necessary thing to do, but that still doesn't make it feel right. Honestly this movie deserves a 10 and has restored my faith in horror movies. Overall I'd say this is one of the best zombie films I've ever seen, in fact, one of the most effective thrillers I've seen, as well.
The flick is surprisingly realized with startling visual style by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Intacto. Which although short in running time at just over 1:30 with quite a fast pace, still seemed very much long enough to be perfectly enjoyable, especially for any fan of the genre. The result is a faster paced, less reflective film, containing a very intelligent political subtext and some fantastic action set pieces that and this is the most important part delivers a large number of quality scares. It was incredible for a horror film. But it soon becomes all too clear that the scourge continues to live, waiting to pounce on its next victims. Which although short in running time at just over 1:30 with quite a fast pace, still seemed very much long enough to be perfectly enjoyable, especially for any fan of the genre.
A family formed by a father named Don Robert Carlyle and sons, Tammy Imagen Poots and Andy Mckintosh are reunited. All in all, a worthy sequel to Days and very few fans will be disappointed, I hope. Taking over directing duties from Danny Boyle is Juan Carlos Fresnadillo - and at just a shade over an hour and a half long - he has given us a great piece of well paced, atmospheric cinema, with more than enough moments in there to please fans of the original, as well as plenty in there for anyone new to movies' concept. In the country nearby London, Don, his wife Alice and a few survivors live hidden in a farmhouse. Im happy to report that they were exceeded by a sequel that surpasses the original in terms of tension and spectacle.
Normally you get one dimensional characters, that do things that would never make sense whether panic stricken or not. When there's no violence, there's fear and tension. Think of the beginning scene of the Dawn of the Dead remake, but put it in the whole film, with a few chill spots with well placed acting. A truly viable pandemic must have a longer incubation period and optimally be airborne or at least infect multiple disparate species. Unfortunately, I'd have to say that this time, the critics are pretentiously political; so don't worry about getting preached to, as I did.
There is very little breathing room, and some of it is more disturbing and far less bridled than you might be expecting, especially if you are used to the character-based 'safety' of most films. Then the reviews began flooding in and I was surprised, shocked even, that the majority of them were positive. Britain has been overrun, and they have no way of knowing if it has spread worldwide. The horror and scale of the virus is so severe, that the plans the military implements are completely plausible. Casting is frankly well, along with distinguished players, Robert Carlyle, Catherine McCormack, Rose Byrne, Harold Perrineau, appear young promises,as Imagen Poots and Mckintosh. The story is fairly tight, as well. But most importantly, what keeps the series shockingly vivid is the willingness to flaunt the naked truth: we humans are the real monsters.