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28 Weeks Later

(i)

 

Apocalyptic zombie sequel isn't for the squeamish.
  • Review Date: October 8, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The "good" guys are the ones who disobey military orders and sacrifice themselves in order to do the right thing -- namely avoid hurting innocent/uninfected people and preserve the only humans who might create the chance for a cure. But their altruistic actions result in more bloody death and ultimate horror. Characters lie and are selfishly motivated.

Violence

Savage, unrelenting bloody violence includes helicopter blades shredding through zombies like a giant lawnmower. A woman is beaten to death and her eyes gouged in horrific close-up. Bitings and poundings; rifle fire blows off human limbs. Huge explosions and fire bombings, with both the living and the dead set ablaze. Children are repeatedly threatened with death or injury.

Sex

A nude couple having sex is distantly glimpsed though a rifle scope. Un-erotic footage of a woman naked in a shower being scrubbed down in a decontamination process. Discussion of masturbation.

Language

Much profanity, with frequent uses of both "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism

Some British canned-goods labels shown; posters for assorted bands.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple prepares to drink a bottle of liquor, but they don't get around to it.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to the zombie horror fest 28 Days Later is at least as scary and disturbing as the original. Extreme, graphic peril and violence are nonstop; sympathetic characters die, dysfunctional parents' love (or lack thereof) for each other and their children inspires ghastly death, and the ending removes any sense of optimism or hope that the right course has been taken. There are also sexual references and swearing -- if anyone's even paying attention to the dialogue in a movie like this.

What's the story?

In a major escalation of the first movie's theme, the American military has been brought in to clean up and re-settle Britain, where almost everyone died from a rabies-like contagion that turned people into maniacal (but mortal) zombie psychopaths. If you remember how Her Majesty's soldiers reacted to the "rage virus" plague in the first film -- they were fascistic survivalist types prone to rape -- you won't be surprised that this movie doesn't exactly support the troops either. In fact, it seems to be at least partially a Gulf War/Vietnam metaphor about overconfident U.S. occupiers committing atrocities when they can't tell the civilians from the hostile enemy. After showing husband and father Don (Robert Carlyle) treacherously abandoning his wife during a zombie attack to save himself in the worst days of the epidemic, the movie revisits the ghostly, abandoned London of the first film. The infected have all starved to death, and the U.S. Army is enforcing a high-tech quarantine, resettling the British capital with refugees who waited out the crisis safely across the English Channel. One of the Americans' key local people turns out to be Don, who reunites with his son and daughter -- and lies to them about what really happened to their mother. Don's duplicity sets in motion a chain of events that ends in another outbreak of the rage virus, this time in the heart of this quarantine stronghold.If there's any hope for a cure, it lies with Don's children -- whose blood may have an antidote. A few Americans disobey orders to try to keep the kids alive in the face of deadly American snipers, poison gas, and incendiaries.

Is it any good?

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This second dose of relentless zombie madness is not for the faint of heart. As in the first film, the message seems to be that while victims of the rage virus have no choice about turning into mindless zombies, the uninfected army commanders and soldiers should be more compassionate and human, since they still know right from wrong. Trouble is, it's becoming increasingly evident that in this world, no matter what you do, it only means one thing: more zombies, more murder, and more gore.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal of apocalyptic horror stories. What's the fascination? Is it that they present moral choices in sharp relief? Families can also talk about how the different characters respond to the quarantine -- and why it goes so badly wrong. Is a zero-tolerance policy the only solution?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 10, 2007
DVD release date:October 9, 2007
Cast:Catherine McCormack, Jeremy Renner, Robert Carlyle
Director:Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Studio:Fox Atomic
Genre:Horror
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity.

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Kid, 10 years old August 19, 2009

Very, Very Scary and Graphic

it scared the crap out of me
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 February 13, 2012

28 Weeks Later

The very violent sequel to 28 Days Later sees the virus spreading across Britian.Although I liked this,I can't say how much I preferred 28 Days Later to this.It really needed that little feeling of hopelessness and reality that 28 Days so greatly managed to achieve.It cranks up the gore and scares of the original though.The most violent part is when Don kills Alice in the hospital after kissing her and getting the infected saliva,becoming crazy and proceeding to bite and gouge out his wife's eyes and blood pours out profusely.The room is covered in blood after this and he gets shot later in the head in a huge resultant blood explosion.Also the part where the guy hangs on the helicopter and the zombies chase him,looking like crazed fans cheering for some famous rock band and the helicopter slices the zombies heads off with blood going everywhere ,not before the guy falls down and gets eaten.Go check IMDB Parents Guide or Kidsinmind for more information.Can't wait for 28 Months Later to come !What do you guys think it will be about?More zombie killings,of course. Kill zombies,that's what I say!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bykunkofilms2 April 2, 2011

Not a bad sequel, with positive role models, kinda bloody...

With plot I thought it was one of the better sequels out there. With positive messages I think it had good two role models the main male and female military agents trying to save a kid even though it is against their orders, risking and losing their life to save the kids. Negative, it was a bit more bloody but then again it is a zombie movie so it's exactly what you expect.
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Too much violence
Great role models

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