Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Movie Preview: 28 Weeks Later

The familiar title... 28... It's 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to 2003's 28 Days Later.
Days has turned into Weeks.
If you've seen 28 Days Later, you'll know that it's a British film of the Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller genre much like a Hollywood version Resident Evil.

Let's get a recap.
It all started when an infected chimpanzee with the deadly "Rage" virus attacked an animal rights activist attempting to free the animals in an animal testing laboratory.
The attack led to an outbreak of the virus that turned all infected into mindless blood and flesh thirsty zombies.
The story revolves around Jim (Cillian Murphy), a bicycle courier who woke up from a coma in a London hospital only to find himself stranded in the near deserted city.
Jim then had to explore the city and find his way to safety while risking his life against the zombies.

And it led to 28 Weeks Later and the story is still about Jim right?
The sequel may still be about the "Rage" virus but it no longer has anything to do with Jim.
At the helm too is a new director, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who also co-wrote the story.
Danny Boyle who was the original director moved behind the scene as co-producer.

The sequel is about 7 months or 28 weeks later after the land was finally cleared from the last zombies who died from starvation.
London is ready to be inhibited again.
A first batch of survivors would be relocated back into the city under the close supervision of the military.
The story will focus on siblings Tammy (Imogen Poots) and Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton), who re-united with their dad, Don (Robert Carlyle) but realized that their mum, Alice (Catherine McCormack) though not dead was found to be infected.

She is immediately quarantined by Stone (Idris Elba) and Scarlet (Rose Byrne) to prevent the population from being infected again while tests can be carried out on her to find an antibody since she is the last surviving infected.
Things however made a turned for the worse when an accident caused an outbreak of the "Rage" virus yet again.
The killing, shooting and screaming would resume once more.

The first film 28 Days Later was a surprised hit that was shot with a budget of $8 million on a digital video but brought itself a respectable $45 million just on its release in USA alone.

28 Weeks Later will be released 10th May in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Russia and Singapore, and a day later on 11th May in Philippines, Taiwan, UK and USA.
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Watch this space for the review of the 28 Weeks Later.