28 Weeks Later has been a great success and has received favourable reviews in general. It hasn’t quite received the same praise and coverage as 28 Days Later has and you just wonder why this could be? I think that surpassing an original that has been such a hit is never going to be easy. 28 Weeks Later had a similar style, yet was missing the dark, edgy atmosphere that was so present in our first film. There was always an air of dread in 28 Days Later, it really captured the post-apocalyptic theme better than anything else within the genre and it always felt raw and real throughout. The shots of a desolate London were never quite on the same par in the sequel. Maybe we felt more for the characters as well, from both films it was Jim (Cillian Murphy) that became memorable.
Our central characters include Don Harris (Robert Carlyle) and Alice Harris (Catherine Mccormack) who live in a protected cottage with fellow survivors from the Rage virus. We later meet their children, Andy Harris (Makintosh Muggleton) and Tammy Harris (Imogen Poots) who had been in Spain during the time of the outbreak. The other main character is Doyle (Jeremy Renner) who we started to feel for as a character, which didn’t stop the filmmakers from orchestrating a grisly demise. The major running theme in 28 Weeks Later is that Andy and his mother Alice both have heterochromia, which makes them dormant carriers of the Rage Virus. The film flows well and is well structured - we have that dip near the end, which was the same case as the original, but Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has kept the franchise alive and has left a perfect setting for 28 Months Later, which will see the return of the maker… Danny Boyle.
Summary: Stayed loyal to the first film, which I felt was important. John Murphy provided us with the same great music and we also saw the return of the Raged zombies, which were executed with the venom they had to be. 28 Weeks Later is not quite as impressive as the original that was artistic and raw, but I think it may just have the edge as far as the entertainment factor goes. There was a completely new team on board for 28 Weeks Later and I would have thought that the expectations would have been a little clouded, yet fans of the original I am sure would have been pleasantly surprised and this has been reflected in the general ratings from the critics and the general public. Kudos to the Spanish filmmakers, 28 Weeks Later has been a commendable sequel and addition to the horror genre.