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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... Don
Rose Byrne ... Scarlet
Jeremy Renner ... Doyle
Harold Perrineau ... Flynn
Catherine McCormack ... Alice
Idris Elba ... Stone
Imogen Poots ... Tammy
Mackintosh Muggleton ... Andy
Amanda Walker ... Sally
Shahid Ahmed Shahid Ahmed ... Jacob
Garfield Morgan ... Geoff
Emily Beecham ... Karen
Beans El-Balawi Beans El-Balawi ... Boy in Cottage (as Beans Balawi)
Meghan Popiel Meghan Popiel ... DLR Soldier
Stewart Alexander ... Military Officer
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Week One: No Trace. Week Two: No Warning. Week Eight: No Control. Week Sixteen: No Cure. Week Twenty Eight: No Escape. See more »

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Drama | 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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Details

Official Sites:

20th Century Fox [Russia]

Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exterminio 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,575,620 (United Kingdom), 11 May 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,807,292, 11 May 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,638,916

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,238,440
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Danny Boyle has not discounted the possibility of a third installment. The working title is 28 Months Later, and would move the story on even further. But writer Alex Garland is a little more cynical: "I'll be honest. When we made 28 Days Later... (2002), the rights were frozen between people who no longer talk to one another. And so, the film will never happen unless those people start talking to each other once again. There is no script as far as I'm aware." See more »

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Flynn's helicopter changes multiple times. He falls asleep in an Aerospatiale Gazelle. When he attempts to rescue Doyle, he is flying an Aerospatiale A-Star. When he lands in the stadium to rescue Doyle and the children, he is once again flying an Aerospatiale Gazelle. See more »

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[first lines]
Donald Harris: What are you going to cook?
Alice: Your favorite.
Donald Harris: What, again?
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In The House - In A Heartbeat
Written and Performed by John Murphy
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Nothing (read NOTHING) is held back...
11 May 2007 | by Zor PrimeSee all my reviews

...Not this time.

I believe 28 Weeks Later did appreciate as a sequel (with only a couple very minor depreciative concepts), and that was a surprise.

I'm admittedly a zombie film fan (especially the serious, non A-Team variety). 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. If you haven't seen either film, Boyle's 'infected' are far less like the traditional lumbering Romero zombies, and closer to the Zack Snyder zombies of 2004's Dawn of the Dead. Note that if you were able to get away with seeing 28 Days Later as a date movie, you may not pull it off with 28 Weeks. 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.

Unlike 28 Days, a flashpan start to 28 Weeks Later sets the tone for the entire film... 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. Other than a brief, but informative back-story conversation near the beginning, there is almost no down time spent (wasted?) on emerging relationships or overly granular side-stories. 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.

There is one facet of the film that I did not really appreciate, but can't really detail without a spoiler warning. Let's just say that London is a fairly large playground for certain (coincidental?) events to happen (and not just once). However, there's a possibility I may be missing some concept that made these events intentional--I hope it's some twist of the virus and isn't just star power.

I'll be purchasing the DVD, but probably won't offer to watch it with any of my family and couldn't recommend it as a party movie :)

Post Script: If you had ever wondered why the rest of the world was not affected by this virus, consider the geographically isolating nature of the British Isles and the extremely short incubation period of this virus. A truly viable pandemic must have a longer incubation period and optimally be airborne or at least infect multiple disparate species. So the Rage virus, while perfectly suited in close quarters would likely not travel much farther than a pair of human legs could travel.


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