28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later

Watched “28 Weeks Later” last night on DVD. I liked the first movie a lot and had high hopes for this one. There might be some spoilers here so you should stop reading if you haven’t seen the film.

This “Horror-Survival” film is the second part of a purposed trilogy centering around a “zombie” virus that breaks out in England.

Some good: Robert Carlyle is one of my Scottish favorite actors. He plays the psychopath role almost too well. Since his role as “Begbie” in “Trainspotting“, he has cemented himself in my mind as someone close to the edge. He knows how to get “fierce”.

The look of the movie has partially kept pace with the style of the 1st one – the scare factor was there; especially the use of the dark/shaking camera in tight spaces. Just think “panic in a dark low-ceilinged room” and you’ll get the idea.

Some bad: The American angle of the film bugged me a bit, I preferred when it seemed completely European. Also — I was also really hoping to see more of how they shot the film in a seemingly “empty” London in the DVD extras. They also mention a bit about “day for night” shooting techniques but not as much as I wanted.

Extras: Rumor has it that “28 Months Later” has already started taking shape in director Danny Boyle’s head who’ll return as director. It’s supposed to start where the 2nd left off in mainland Europe and from what i’ve read it sounds like he might want to go bigger — what if “the action” took place in a less contained area? Sounds good already.