Written by John Edward Betancourt
There's an old saying that is filled to the brim with truth, leave well enough alone. Yet of course, despite the truth that comes with that statement that would in no way mean every single person in the world will follow it. There are those of us who realize we should stay away when things are doing just fine.
But there are those of us out there who tinker and twist and scheme to make sure everything in this world or their life is completely and utterly perfect. Sometimes this has its merits, but when it comes to disasters that we do not understand and likely cannot fix that advice should be taken to heart. A great example of this in cinema is the sequel to a modern horror classic, 28 Weeks Later.
It has been 28 weeks since the Rage Virus completely devastated the United Kingdom and at last the infected appear to have all died off on the island. With their demise, a coalition of nations, led by the United States, have begun to help rebuild Britain and at last, people are returning home. It's a cautious life, with the military keeping an eye on the people just in case, but life is returning home again. That is until a brother and sister leave the safe zone and discover that their mother, thought dead, is alive and well and dangerous. Upon her return to civilization it is discovered that she is a new mutation of the virus, a carrier, and with her being near so many...the terror will begin again.
I've watched this sequel many times over now and I have to be honest when I say that I don't love it, but I also don't hate it either. It's not a terrible film by any means. Heck, having Jeremy Renner and Robert Carlyle in a horror film of this magnitude is nothing short of fantastic, but the film itself is an up and down adventure. So I suppose the only wise thing to do, is break down both the good and the bad.
On the good side, this film is a neat little look at the rebuilding of civilization in the 21st Century after a major disaster. After all when we last left the United Kingdom in 28 Days Later parts of the country were in complete and utter ruin so to see the rebuilding process is a new venture for horror films and fascinating to say the least and when the infected return, there are some solid scares, but alas the film changes in its second half.
For one the infected, who are clearly humans suffering from a virus, act like the undead in this film and that took me right out of the second half. Near the end when helicopter blades slice them up, sure the gore is awesome, but some of the infected survive. Heck I saw one missing most of its torso and it just kept going. Plus, we spend much of the second half on the run and while there are some scares, there is some repetitiveness to it.
Again, not a terrible horror film, there are some amazing moments in 28 Weeks Later and some solid chills but the film lacks consistency and the end result is a watchable but not inspiring horror film that sticks with the theme, leave well enough alone. Give it a look regardless, simply out of respect for the first film and to see where the tale goes. For those who have seen it, I guess we will simply sit and wait to see if that ominous ending culminates into a third film...