Good, Bad & Ugly Review: 28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71% (Critics) / 66% (Audience)
Directed By: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Written By: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Rowan Joffe, E.L. Lavigne, and Jesus Olmo
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Harold Perrineau and Robert Carlyle
Studio: Fox Atomic

Synopsis: The sequel to Danny Boyle’s 28 DAYS LATER, 28 WEEKS LATER takes place six months after the initial rage virus outbreak. The U.S. military is helping set up a safe zone in London for survivors to rebuild and repopulate. But things do not go according to plan.

The Good:
The first 15-20 minutes of the movie were just about perfectly done. Robert Carlyle really stood out from the pack in this. He played so many different emotional beats and nailed them all.
Also loved that no one was safe not even the characters that you just knew were going to make it.

The Bad:
Could have used more “small group of survivors fighting infected pseudo-zombies as they are picked off one by one” than what was given to me; Harold Perrineau and Idris Elba were sorely underutilized. Their characters were barely fleshed out especially Elba’s military head honcho.

The Ugly:
I hated the two child actors in this movie…the little bastards just annoyed the living hell out of me from the first minute they were onscreen.

Final Verdict: This movie is bleak and I really love bleak especially in a zombie (or pseudo-zombie) flick. Good performances from the actors, tight directing and some very tense scenes make up for some of the more obvious missteps that are made in this movie. Overall a nice scary 2 hours that does an admirable job of living up to the very high standards of its predecessor. B-

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