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28 Weeks Later (2007)

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Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage Virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage Virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection and the nightmare begins... again. Written by Anonymous

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When days turn to weeks, the horror returns. See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 May 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exterminio 2  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,575,620 (UK) (11 May 2007)


$28,637,507 (USA) (10 August 2007)

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Did You Know?


The three survivors want to get from Regent's Park to Wembley, but their chosen route clearly takes them by Parliament Square, Whitehall and Charing Cross, which is in the opposite direction. They should be driving through St John's Wood. See more »


Scarlett wears her hair in a ponytail while in uniform. The US Army requires females in uniform to wear their hair above their collar. See more »


[first lines]
Donald Harris: What are you going to cook?
Alice: Your favorite.
Donald Harris: What, again?
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Crazy Credits

Like the first film, there are no opening credits of any kind once the company logos have appeared. Also like the first film, the title of the film appears only as a descriptive subtitle. See more »


Referenced in Zombies: A Living History (2011) See more »


Kiss of Death
Written and Performed by John Murphy
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A solid, complete zombie film.
11 May 2007 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I must immediately stress that critics who made the interpretation that this was a statement on the Iraq War seem to know as little about it as they do allegory. I'll write more on this later.

To put it succinctly, this movie has all that modern zombie movies are supposed to have. Incredible gore? Check. Virus zombies? Check. Biting zombies? Check. Soldiers shooting zombies? Check. A horror plot that has people falling to their own weaknesses? Check.

The shocks are there, the plot is excellent, and the acting is very, very good. My only issue with the movie, actually, was its use of some recognizable actors- casting semi-unknowns makes the movie more visceral, instead of having fans think, 'Oh, I saw that guy in...'.

Thankfully, fans of the first movie will notice that it doesn't try to ret-con anything, and the same action-focused, grainy camera work makes a welcome return. The movie moves along at a nice pace, never leaving you room to get bored.

Carina Chocano in the Los Angeles Times commented, "The director's message is less overtly political than it is allegorical -- that chaos breeds chaos and that force only serves to amplify it." Given that from the very first moment, without getting too specific, people abandoning their duties defines the movie (as it does virtually all zombie films), I would have to completely disagree. I even set upon another viewing of this movie simply for the purpose of finding an Iraq metaphor- and it's not really there; at this point, they would find a war metaphor in Disney's 'Dumbo'. 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. If you're looking for military/force/war metaphors, look to the first film, 28 Days Later. If you're looking for an excellent, fun, gore-infested romp, watch this right afterwards.

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