28 Weeks Later
Time Out says
The meat of the film’s action takes place seven months after the UK populace has been reduced to a pack of slavering, ravenous automota,when resettlement of the evacuated country finally seems possible under the auspices of a US Army administration. We open, however, with a bravura sequence set during the initial crisis. In a home counties cottage, Don (Robert Carlisle) and his wife Alice (Catherine McCormack) are holed up in an odd ménage with several other survivors. A semblance of normality is established then shattered, and Don makes a cowardly escape. When their children, Andy and Tammy (Imogen Poots) return from abroad to the maximum-security ‘Green Zone’ in east London, Don is left with some ’splainin’ to do. And, needless to say, the virus isn’t quite as extinct as they’d all like...
The set-up is simple and serviceable enough, though the plot relies on too many fudges and neglects the moral complexity of Don’s position. Nor, despite the fact that much of the film’s carnage is inflicted by the uninfected military, is the satirical potential embraced in the way that, say, Romero would. But ‘28 Weeks Later’ does offer an impressively mounted series of set-pieces. Maintaining the first film’s eerie score and skittery DV camerawork (Boyle did some second-unit work himself), as well as its sense of containment or even smallness, it builds real tension around a panicked underground stampede, a civilian massacre and scenes of firebombing and gassing. A sequence involving a chopper in Regent’s Park slips into Grand Guignol but otherwise the capital locations are put to cannily distressing use. Here’s hoping there are better days ahead…
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