Movie Challenge #3: Movie with a Number in the Title (28 Weeks Later)

28 weeks laterFirst challenge completed! I finally got around to watching 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to the excellent Danny Boyle-directed zombie movie 28 Days Later. Danny Boyle shifted to producer on this as he was busy directing another film, and a Spanish director named Juan Carlos Fresnadillo joined the film. None of the cast of the first movie returned, but that’s okay because this is a completely different story.

Obviously, we know from the title that more time has passed since Cillian Murphy woke up in that hospital in the first movie and the world had gone to hell. We get a brief glimpse of the early days of the apocalypse in this film, but only so that we can see the ramifications of certain characters’ actions later in the movie. Through a quick timeline, we learn that all the infected actually died of starvation after 5 weeks, and then cleanup began. NATO forces arrived to begin reconstructing Great Britain, and the first survivors move into a heavily-guarded area called District 1.

One of those guards is Jeremy Renner, playing the role of a sniper. Idris Elba plays a general (with an American accent…in a movie set in Great Britain…so surreal). The rest of the case is fantastic, too, especially the 12-year-old boy Andy, played by an actor named Mackintosh Muggleton, who just missed his chance to be a Harry Potter character, I think. Andy and his older sister Tammy had been on a school trip when the outbreak began, and they are returning to live with their father in District 1. They become the emotional focus of the movie, even when the outbreak unexpectedly begins again.

This was a good sequel, almost as good as the original. Lots of unexpected things happen, and the ending just sort of pulls the rug out from under you. I loved the way it ended. My only complaint about the movie was the shaky-camera work. It made me a little dizzy, but it did cut down on some of the gore, so I don’t suppose I should complain too much.

So there’s one movie down, and one spoiler-free review! If there are more dreary, rainy days next week, I expect I’ll nail down more movie and book challenges then.

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