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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

28 Weeks Later

Robert Carlyle in 28 Weeks Later (Fox Atomic)

When 28 Days Later opened in 2003 it reinvigorated the zombie horror film. There hadn't been any good, serious entries in the genre for years and it burst on the scene as fresh and gory. But 28 Weeks Later (opening May 11 throughout San Diego), the film's sequel, faces more competition as it arrives on the heels of Shaun of the Dead , Goerge Romero's Land of the Dead , the remake of Romero's Dawn of the Dead and Robert Rodriguez' Planet Terror half of Grindhouse .

Technically, 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later are not zombie films. Like Robert Rodriguez' film, they are about infected people rather than undead or reanimated cadavers. That may be a fine point of distinction to most moviegoers but it's important to fans of the zombie genre. The distinction also changes the nature of the horror, moving it from the realm of the supernatural or unexplained to a much more terrifying real world kind of apocalypse.


June 13, 2007 at 08:33 PM
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October 11, 2007 at 10:55 AM
Don't be so harsh I thought 28 Weeks Later was a worthy sequel, I liked it very much. And the handheld camera and fast editing had a good effect.

Beth Accomando
October 11, 2007 at 03:47 PM
Disappointment is always difficult to deal with. I loved 28 Days Later and was looking forward to 28 Weeks Later. I have been thinking of giving it a second chance since high expectations can be unfairly rough on a film. I love zombie/infected people movies and I was just hoping for more from this one.

October 14, 2007 at 06:54 PM
thats total crap. i loved 28 weeks later, its my favorite movie of all time. yeah the kids sneaking thru security may have been crappy, but come on, what other "zombie" movie do you actually feel for the charactors in? i love 28 weeks. as a matter of fact, im going to go and watch it right now!


February 28, 2009 at 06:30 PM
I saw the swan as a reference to Baudelaire's 'Le Cygne'.