28 Weeks Later (2007)
"It All Begins Again "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.
Well-done: Gripping and scary
Having seen 28 Days Later I thought I was prepared for this, but I was
not. Somewhere near the beginning of the film is a scene that goes from
zero to psycho in about 2 seconds flat. The beginning of 2004's Dawn of
the Dead also had a wildly chaotic kick-off scene, but unlike that
film, which was a great film to laugh through while chomping your
popcorn, this film is no laughing matter.
When there's no violence, there's fear and tension.
When there is on-screen violence, there is absolute shock and horror.
Scene after scene shows ordinary people placed in impossible situations
from which they cannot escape. 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. The horror and
scale of the virus is so severe, that the plans the military implements
are completely plausible.
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. The portrayal of the violence pulls no punches;
people of all age groups and walks of life are destroyed without
remorse. No attempt is made to soft-pedal it. The fragility of human
life on Earth and its vulnerability to just the right nasty virus are
thoughts that stay with you after you've left the theater, and add a
nice "after taste" of fear. The soundtrack, as with the first film, is
amazing in conveying the tension and dread and sadness of the scenes.
The story is fairly tight, as well. My only complaints might be with
the acting of some of the soldiers, which just didn't feel authentic to
me for some reason.
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.
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