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  • Summary: 28 Weeks Later, the follow up to 28 Days Later, picks up six months after the rage virus has annihilated the Mainland Britain. The U.S. Army declares that the war against infection has been won, and that the reconstruction of the country can begin. As the first wave of refugees return, a family is reunited, but one of them unwittingly carries a terrible secret. The virus is not yet dead, and this time, it is more dangerous than ever. (Fox Atomic) Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. A ferociously entertaining thriller with sympathetic characters, stunning set pieces and pulsating excitement.
  2. There's no better fun for movie lovers than a small, unheralded film that turns out to be terrific -- unless it's a small, unheralded sequel that trumps the original.
  3. Reviewed by: Erin Meister
    88
    The script is biting and timely.
  4. Reviewed by: Grady Hendrix
    80
    The first hour of this lean, mean, 95-minute scream machine is so tasty that it redeems the predictable conclusion.
  5. Holds the audience captive and unusually vulnerable to psycho- and viscero-terror.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    A gruelingly tense, deftly plotted, and slyly intelligent piece of work. And also it's really really disgusting.
  7. Deals with emotional concerns for half an hour. Then it turns into a mindless bloodfest, where it's impossible to care which characters end on the zombie gore-gasbord.

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  1. Negative: 36 out of 179
  1. LarryB
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    No, Conor B., how misleading Metacritic users can be. Are you serious? You're suggesting that a zombie movie is...implausible? Are you kidding me? You're an idiot. Zombie movies aren't supposed to be about realism. They're supposed to be scary and intense, and that's exactly what 28 Weeks Later was. Stick to the more important George Clooney type movies with realistic situations and realistic people. Or, you know, you could just go outside and experience realistic situations yourself, but those aren't that entertaining, are they? And, Harry G., what they hell are you talking about? There were only a few scenes that even used CG.... Most of the people underrating this excellent movie don't even know what the hell they are talking about: they're either enraged that this movie is a sequel (and all sequels MUST suck, it's a traditional POV to take on all sequels) or they're upset over the lack of realism...in a movie about zombies. I'll stick with the critics, thanks. Expand
  2. StephenM
    May 17, 2007
    10
    I was honestly blown away. 28 Days Later owned me...and this just couldn't have exceeded my expectations more. There is not a single optimistic moment in this movie- and it's glorious to see in a world where movies almost always acheive some happy ending. I was intrigued the entire movie and felt that it ended perfectly too- the director didn't bother to add too much or, conversely, leave out some necessary things. 28 Weeks Later is well worth your money...and all of your friends' money too. Expand
  3. TerryO.
    May 31, 2007
    9
    Great portrayal of a worst-case infectious disease outbreak. Although some of the science/public health was a little off, for the most part it was outstanding. Outstanding cross between "Outbreak" and "Dawn of the Dead"! Expand
  4. Bruce
    May 12, 2007
    8
    Wow, i wasn't expecting much from this film, but it really delivered. I would say its just as enjoyable as the first film, but it definitely achieves this in different ways. Some things irritated a little bit, such as some fairly large plot holes, and a certain zombie popping up everywhere but you don't tend to notice them because of the pace at which the movie moves. A warning as well, this movie is incredibly violent. It makes the first film look g-rated in my opinion. I had one friend walk out 10 minutes in and another 3/4 of the way through. Expand
  5. ColbyS.
    May 12, 2007
    7
    Jarring and unpleasant, but still a good movie. The critics were wrong about it surpassing the first one, though, as this one lacks the sense of isolation that made 28 Days Later so effective. Expand
  6. Marmalade
    May 12, 2007
    5
    28 Days Later is one of my favourite horror/ thrillers and I was hooked by the trailer for this. I mean, Robert Carlyle...the guy's a legend. He lifts any film he's in, even tripe like Ravenous. I wasn't even worried that Danny Boyle and Alex Garland (original director & writer) were now "Executive Producers" (i.e. Danny wanted some cash while he directed the far superior Sunshine). The start of the film is awesome...without spoiling things there are some great ideas here. Then, about three-quarters the way through, it all turns to pap. Look for the bit with the helicopter...you'll know what I mean. There's some infected shoulder-mounted camera angles even the odious Uwe Boll would be embarrassed to use and an awful, awful homage to The Blair Witch Project of all bloody things. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's ability to bend time should be commended - 28 Weeks Later seemed an hour longer than it was and by the end I just wanted everyone to get infected and/ or die. Is that the 'hidden meaning' I was meant to get? Expand
  7. AudleyS.
    May 21, 2007
    0
    The opening is astounding, but this terrifying rush soon turns into a plodding and implausible plot in which the characters are little but tired emotional stereotypes and are frankly so negligent and stupid that they all deserved their brutal fates. The infra red scene in the underground station was an unintentional high comedy homage to "most Haunted" and what started off as grim horror ended up as pure farce. The basic premise is the biggest hole in the plot. Stupid, unintentionally funny and a damned shame. Expand

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