28 Weeks Later (2007)

dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. I know this movie has its fans, so your milage may vary. For me, frustrating and irritating — too many plot holes to be satisfying, or engaging. Revolves around two younger actors, who are unfortunately not very strong performers. Overuse of John Murphy’s superb ‘In A Heartbeat’ track from the far superior previous film 28 DAYS LATER (2002). The shaky cam is out of control, sometimes creating a strobe like effect. A humorless, over-violent, poorly written mess. Talented actors like Idris Elba and Rose Byrne are not given anything to work with. Extremely unearned postscript scene. A sequel to 28 DAYS LATER should have broadened the scale to something more cinematic and suspenseful, instead it went the other way, and feels like an spin-off from ‘The Walking Dead’ TV series.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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