(2007) dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
viewed: 05/21/07 at AMC Loews Kips Bay 15, NY, NY
Being the sequel to 28 Days Later… (2002), the movie that reinvented the speed at which zombies can run, and having been directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, whose 2001 film Intacto I found to be quite a good flick, I held some hopes for 28 Weeks Later, but I had heard that it was not too great. I would go further than that, as I am willing to say that it is highly substandard and almost downright boring. It’s the first film in a long time that I seriously considered walking out on, not in protest to its badness, but just because it was dull and I thought I could find something better to do.
One of its biggest problems is “shaky camera syndrome”. I thought we had passed this short, bad age in which shaking the camera and cutting like you’re trying to induce epileptic seizures to establish “realism” or energy. Apparently no one has told Fresnadillo. I might drop him a line. This effect was so off-putting, it shut me out of the action to a point that I could hardly tell what was happening.
The only thing that I thought was kind of interesting, but wholly unexplored, was the re-population of England by Americans. 28 weeks after the “rage” virus has struck the British Isles, everyone is dead. And so, the Americans are re-immigrating, re-colonizing an England without English people.
But in this case, the Americans are soldiers, straight out of stock-character 101, and it’s just a militaryish thing that we’ve seen in these types of films over and over again.
You go from semi-reinventing the genre to making a totally lame, uninspired sequel in a mere 28 weeks, I guess.