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28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British post-apocalyptic horror film, and sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later. The film was directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and was released in the United Kingdom and in the United States on 11 May 2007. It was mostly filmed in Londonmarker, Englandmarker with some scenes also being filmed in the Millennium Stadiummarker in Cardiffmarker, Walesmarker.

Plot

Don (Robert Carlyle) and his wife Alice (Catherine McCormack) prepare dinner in the heavily-reinforced cottage they share with four others, somewhere in rural Great Britainmarker. During their meal a boy bangs on the door, begging to be let in. After arguing amongst themselves Don lets the child inside, who says he is from Sandfordmarker and has been fleeing his infected parents. Moments later, a pack of the infected attack and enter the house, quickly overwhelming the group. Alice refuses to leave without the boy; Don abandons Alice and escapes in a boat, emerging as the sole survivour.

Over the course of 28 weeks following the original outbreak, the infected have all starved to death, Britain has been declared relatively safe, and re-population has begun.

An American-led NATOmarker force, under the command of United States Army Brigadier General Stone (Idris Elba), begins repopulating the country with both old and new residents. The chief medical officer of District 1, Major Scarlet Ross (Rose Byrne), is surprised by the inclusion of adolescents and children, amongst whom are Tammy (Imogen Poots) and Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton), Don and Alice's children who were in Spain during the initial outbreak.

At 12 years old, Andy is the youngest person in Britain, and during their subsequent medical inspection, Scarlet notes Andy's differently coloured eyes (heterochromia iridis), a trait he has inherited from his mother. Andy and Tammy are subsequently admitted to District 1, a heavily-reinforced, fully functional section of London on the Isle of Dogsmarker guarded by the US Army, including a detachment from Special Forces Operations Detachment-Deltamarker acting as a rooftop observation team. With them are a Special Forces sergeant, Doyle (Jeremy Renner), and an 160th Special Forces Operation Detachment helicopter pilot, Flynn (Harold Perrineau). The children are reunited with their father Don, who is now head caretaker of the district. Don tearfully recounts his escape to them, saying that Alice was killed by the infected, but states that he witnessed Alice's death to hide the fact that he abandoned her.

The next day the two children slip out of the safe zone to return to their old home, where Andy discovers Alice, disheveled but alive. Andy and Tammy are recaptured by the US Army while Alice is decontaminated. A blood test reveals that she is infected with the Rage virus but displaying few symptoms, labeling her an asymptomatic carrier. Though Scarlet wants to keep Alice alive to seek a possible vaccine or cure, she is overruled by Stone, who wants Alice killed to prevent a possible further outbreak of Rage.

Don visits his children in a holding room, where they confront him about his version of Alice's death. He then makes an unauthorized visit to Alice in her isolation cell, using his caretaker passcard to bypass security, and asks for forgiveness. When they kiss, the Rage virus in her saliva immediately infects Don, who brutally kills her and goes on to attack and infect soldiers in District 1.

The outbreak forces the area into lockdown. All the civilians are quarantined in safe rooms, which Don forces his way into, and begins to infect them. Scarlet manages to rescue Tammy from containment but Andy gets separated from the group. Doyle and the soldiers are initially ordered to shoot the infected, but as the chaos escalates this is upgraded to a "Code Red": a general extermination of the populace. Doyle, unable to bring himself to comply with the order, abandons his post and escapes with Scarlet, the children, and others through an underground tunnel. Stone then orders that District 1 be fire-bombed. Although this causes massive devastation, large numbers of the infected, including Don, escape the bombardment and occupy the city.

Hoping to rendezvous with Flynn's helicopter at the derelict remains of Regent's Parkmarker, Scarlet informs Doyle that the children may have the same immunity as their mother, and must thus be protected at all costs. Flynn arrives by helicopter to pick up Doyle, but refuses to take anyone else as they would be shot down if in breach of the Code Red protocol.

Flynn tells Doyle to head to Wembley Stadiummarker but to leave the civilians. Ignoring the former's instruction, Doyle heads to Wembley with the group, breaking into an abandoned car to escape the infected while chemical weapons are being used to blanket the city. In the process of push starting the car, Doyle is killed by soldiers with flamethrowers. Now pursued by an Apache helicopter, Scarlet drives into the London Underground where she and the children continue on foot. Although they are able to navigate using the night sight on Doyle's rifle the group become separated, whereupon Scarlet is ambushed and killed by Don. Don then attacks and bites Andy, but is shot by Tammy before Don can kill Andy. Although now infected with the Rage virus, Andy remains symptom-free like his mother. The children continue to Wembley Stadiummarker and are picked up by a reluctant Flynn, who flies them across the English Channelmarker to France as previously instructed by Doyle.

Another 28 days pass. Calls for help and people's screams can be heard over the radio of Flynn’s now abandoned helicopter, along with a note with the words, "For Dad," drawn in crayon on it. A swarm of infected are shown running through a subway exit. As they arrive in the open, the Eiffel Towermarker comes into view, revealing that the Rage virus has spread to mainland Europe.

Cast

Actor Role
Robert Carlyle Don Harris
Jeremy Renner Doyle
Rose Byrne Major Scarlet Ross
Imogen Poots Tammy Harris
Mackintosh Muggleton Andy Harris
Catherine McCormack Alice Harris
Harold Perrineau Flynn
Shahid Ahmed Jacob
Emily Beecham Karen
Garfield Morgan Geoff
Amanda Walker Sally
Idris Elba Brigadier General Stone


Production

Pre-production

In 2003, plans for the film were conceived after the enormous international success of 28 Days Later. Danny Boyle, Andrew Macdonald and Alex Garland stated that they felt the time was right to make a sequel.

In March 2005, Boyle said in an interview that he would not direct the sequel due to commitments to Sunshine, but he would serve as executive producer. He also revealed that the film would revolve around a great deal of the aftermath from the first movie. It was also revealed that the film would include the "US Army declaring the war against infection had been won, and that the reconstruction of the country could begin." Boyle hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to helm the project after seeing Fresnadillo's 2001 film Intacto. Fresnadillo stated that he was "thrilled working on his first English language film alongside such an exciting international cast and talented production team."

Both Fresnadillo and Lopez-Lavigne were involved in writing the script, which revolved around a family and what happened to them in the aftermath of the original film, which the producers "liked a lot".

Casting details

Boyle said in March 2005 that the sequel would feature a new cast, since previous cast members Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris were occupied with their own projects. On 23 August 2006, Jeremy Renner was announced to portray Doyle, one of the principal characters for 28 Weeks Later. On 31 August 2006, Harold Perrineau was announced to portray a US Special Forces pilot in the film.

Filming

On 1 September 2006, principal photography for 28 Weeks Later began in London with much of the filming taking place at Canary Wharfmarker.

Promotion

US theatrical release poster


Biohazard warning

On 13 April 2007, 28 days before the release of the film in UK cinemas, a huge biohazard warning sign was projected against the White Cliffs of Dovermarker. The sign contained the international biological hazard symbol, as well as stating that Britain was "contaminated, keep out!".

Graphic novel

In July 2006, Fox Atomic Comics and publisher HarperCollins announced that they were publishing a graphic novel titled 28 Days Later: The Aftermath in early 2007 to bridge the gap between 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later.

Viral advertising

Removable graffiti was sprayed in locations around London and Birmingham featuring the web address 'ragevirus.com'. However, the web address was found to be unregistered and quickly snapped up by a cybersquatter. The advertising agency who made the mistake agreed to purchase the rights to the domain for an undisclosed sum.

Prop giveaway

In April 2007, Bloody-Disgusting.com promoted the film by giving readers a chance to win a prop from the film. The props were included in a "District 1 Welcome Pack”, which featured an actual ID card and an Evening Standard newspaper with an evacuation headline. The giveaway was only open for North American residents and entries closed on 9 May 2007.

Reception

The film opened in 2,000 cinema across the United States. Like the previous film, 28 Weeks Later garnered generally positive reviews. View London called the film an "exciting, action-packed and superbly directed thriller that more than lives up to the original film". The New York Times wrote that "28 Weeks Later is brutal and almost exhaustingly terrifying. It is also bracingly smart, both in its ideas and in its techniques", as well as "best horror film of the year". The film has generated a rating of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes with 98 positive reviews and 42 negative ones. The film made $9.8 million in its opening weekend, coming in second place at the box office, behind Spider-Man 3. The film has grossed $28,638,916 in the U.S. and $35,586,549 in other countries, bringing the worldwide total to $64,225,465.

About 1,327,461 DVD units have been sold, gathering a revenue of $24,222,064 as of 2009. The film has been released as its own DVD and as a double feature with 28 Days Later.

Possible sequel

In June 2007, it was announced that if DVD sales of the film did well Fox Atomic would consider producing the third film. In July 2007, while promoting Sunshine, Boyle revealed that he has a story forming for the next film. "There is an idea for the next one, something which would move [the story] on. I've got to think about it, whether it's right or not." Boyle also revealed that he would return as the director.

In October 2008, Boyle discussed with KarmaLoopTV the high possibility of a 28 Months Later. As of November 2009, the movie website IMDB lists 28 Months Later as having a release date of 2011.

Soundtrack

The trailer for this film featured the song "Want" by Witchman. "Shrinking Universe" by Muse (from the Hullabaloo Soundtrack album) was used in the second part of the trailer.

References

  1. B3ta Newsletter 274
  2. S l a s h e r p o o l . c o m
  3. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2007/28WLT-DVD.php
  4. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1322885/


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