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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 11, 2007
Ah, what better way to spend 3 1/2 hours than watching bloody projectile vomiting in high-def?

Perhaps inspired by Stephen King's The Stand The Stand (Signet) where a deadly virus escapes a secret government facility and obliterates the world as we know it, Director Danny Boyle Trainspotting and writer Alex Garland (rumored to be involved with the film adaptation of the video game Halo...sweeeeet!) take the killer virus theme to the next level in 2002 with 28 Days Later.

28 Days opens with what happens when animal activists go wild. In a short, violent sequence we see how a voraciously contagious virus that turns people into raging lunatics gets released into society. Flash to pre-Scarecrow Cillian Murphy Batman Begins waking up several days later in a hospital bed after most of the rest of society has been affected by the germs. (Coincidentally{?} we see this same beginning to a world gone mad in two other recent zombie-type stories: The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye and Resident Evil / Resident Evil: Apocalypse ).

Boyle does an excellent job of directing Murphy from his hospital bed into a fight for survival in a new world. And it turns out that Murphy and the folks that he bands up with need to fear more than just 'the infected'. 28 Days is frightening, suspenseful, thrilling, disgusting, realistic, emotionally-charging...all the ingredients in the Horror genre that make up a Classic.

Too bad 28 Weeks Later didn't follow suit.

28 Weeks Later is a good Horror movie, but a bad sequel. 28 Weeks (fledgling) director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo dropped the ball on several fronts...most importantly that the Rage Virus was supposed to be extremely contagious...coming into contact with just one drop of the contagion should render anyone 'infected'; part of 28 Weeks is the introduction of potentially immune people (just like in The Stand), and that was not lost on me. But there is 'infected' spatter everywhere and on everyone in this movie that seems to have no effect, and that takes away a lot of the realism and continuity that held true in 28 Days.

28 Weeks also fails in the way it delivers its scares. In Weeks there's lot's of scare moments that unnecessarily rely more on focusing on an image where one second their is nothing there and it's a deadly silent, then the next second there's a frightening image crashing into the shot accompanied by a loud "PUNG!!!" (like someone landing on the low keys of a piano). Granted, in DTS 5.1, it effectively knocked me of my chair each time, but it was quite dissimilar to 28 Days where the situations and images alone were enough to knock me out of my chair without the 'BOO!' effect. (Only Blu Ray [no 2-pack available] offers DTS; standard versions will still knock you out of your chair with the Dolby 5.1 option.)

28 Weeks also breaks down in the reality department where tight, military-secure areas are breached by civilians (including teenagers) and a Rage-infected person is not only able to breach dozens of secure areas, but also manages to appear everywhere in the movie.

It's the small (important) things like these that took a great movie in 28 Days and turned out an average sequel in 28 Weeks. So overall, Boyle's 5-star Horror/Drama goes to a 3-star Fresnadillo follow-up for me.

Final words: Buy 28 Days Later for your collection; rent 28 Weeks Later.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2009
These 2 movies are about a virus called "Rage" that is borne by body-fluids and within 20 seconds of exposure to it you have it. The movies take place in London & surrounding area. If you like zombie movies and horror movies, this is the stuff. Not for children I wouldn't think. Lots of bloody gore, infected people chasing & eating people. Infected people being shot & blown up. Both movies are very scary in that the people who are not infected are very few, and the infected people are chasing them down all the time - very graphic and scary. I loved both movies, but I thought the second movie was done better. I couldn't wait to watch them again!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2010
I highly enjoyed both of these films.It's hard for me to say which is better since there about equal.If I had to choose one I guess it'll be Weeks slightly.I recommend this to anyone who loves a good zombie flick or 2.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
Keep the region code in mind! I definitely bought this without even thinking about the different region for each dvd player bs.
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on August 27, 2013
This movie is a classic onto itself. Besides the very poor storyline in the first sequel, to include a very cheesy and weird love story, and unnecessary full on male nudity, and a military cult, did nothing for the film. However, aside from all its short comings the effects, sets, props, and overall acting were amazing. I think if this movie had a better script, and dropped all the love story crap, nudity, and cheesy military cult crap, and kept it hardcore, in my opinion they would have hit a serious home run. But for the sake of just entertainment, and being bored on the weekend, this movie will fill your time very well. Thanks
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on August 6, 2014
This is a treat for all Walking Dead fans out there. Zombies galore, and I mean world wide, on both of these movies. Although the people are not technically "zombies", they do fit the description very well. A virus spreads world wide that causes people to become raging, murderous animals. Unlike on the Walking Dead, these people are not decomposing or slow; they can actually run after you, not just slowly walk. VERY violent and VERY scary.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2012
I was excited about receiving this in the mail until I realized I needed a Region B Blu Ray Player to view 28 Weeks Later. This information would have been handy, but the seller didn't specify this in the product description. So I have one movie that's always a thrill to watch, especially in blu ray format and a $15 drink coaster.
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on July 17, 2008
This pair of films offer a decent excursion into a not too impossible scenerio. How simple it really is to release a horror upon man. How will it change those that survive?

Not a big budget special effects extravaganza, but worth the watch. I say cerebral because the movie flows in such a way that it allows you to consider what just happened as well as to contemplate what will happen next.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2007
I actually liked the 28 Weeks Later bettre than the original 28 Days Later. If you like gut wrenching gorey action, this is the movie for you. There seemed to be more of an overall plot with the second movie, and a little less tense gore.
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on March 8, 2014
I've seen both movies and really enjoyed them so had been looking for them here on Amazon. This set is full screen which I hadn't expected and the picture quality is very dark and grainy. If you're looking to own these films I would recommend getting them wide screen and on BluRay.
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