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28 Weeks Later (2007)
Dumbed down for American audience
I was very excited when I heard that the sequel to 28 days was out. My excitement turned to reservation when I heard that Danny Boyle wasn't directing and Cillian Murphy wasn't the lead. But Robert Carlyle did a fine job and Fresnadillo directed in a similar fashion to Boyle anyway.
It seemed to me that the story is Americanised not because (Surprise surprise) it was the yanks who come to the UKs rescue, but because to enjoy it or even "get it" the US audience needs macho phrases (using their own terms and accent)and US trigger-happy troops shooting the place up. There was plenty joking from us, about the UK being better off with "RAGE" than having Dubyas troops over here.
This film was dumbed-down for bigger box office earnings in the states and in doing so it lost the story line.
It was like watching a London tourist board promo DVD!! IE. come to London and see Canary wharf,the Dome,Greenwich,Millennium bridge,the London eye,Wembley stadium etc etc These landmarks are so randomly located that even with enraged zombies chasing me I'd be unlikely to find my way round them all in a couple of hours. Nevermind a tourist finding their way from a West-End tube station to a North London stadium, in-the-dark, underground and without a gps or map. And while were at it..... how did Carlyle find his son and daughter on a random platform on the other side of London (from the isle of dogs)???? In short, they lost the plot by Americanising but I still enjoyed the "jumpy" frights, gore and the "in a heartbeat" soundtrack. "28 days" was much more believable though.