Now, you may not believe that a zombie film is classed as a 'horror' film, but trust me, this film fits into the 'horror' genre without a doubt. Also I must warn you as this is the sequel to the previous '28 days later' which was produced in 2002, therefore spoilers may occur. I would normally watch and review previous films in a saga, but this film is so epic and frightening that I believe it is very necessary to give you guys an awesome review of it!
It is directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and runs for a grand total of 100 minutes. The plot begins with an overview of the first 6 months of the Rage virus, by showing the audience the huge impact it had on London, and how the majority of the people were blood-sucking creatures after this period. The film spends a huge deal of time convey the experiences of the virus that people faced, before moving onto the central concern of the plot, which is for Britain to reconstruct.
The film is based around the re-united family consisting of Don (Robert Carlyle), Alice (Catherine McCormack), and the children of them.
Soon after the 6 month period, the US army declares that the war against the Rage virus has been won, and the people of Britain can now finally begin to reconstruct and calm down. However, there is a huge shock once we discover one of the return refugees (Alice) has a partial infection of the virus in certain aspects of their body - not enough for the person to have capability of acting like a proper 'zombie', but enough for it to be re-ignited again, which is exactly what occurs. After the 6 months of hell, this refugee re-ignites the horrors faced in Britain, and now it is up to the US and British troops to wipe out the contagious infection once and for all.
I felt that this film was very similar to Dawn Of The Dead (2004) at the beginning, as that begins with a very wild start, being similar to this, which begins very shockingly. This tremendous zombie thriller is exceptional in the ways it drives the audience with fear and shock. Scene after scene, we notice that helpless human victims are in the scopes of both the massive hordes of the infected attempting to skin them alive, and the US troops who soon enough, begin to kill absolutely anyone they see through their scopes. This is something which isn't very similar to Dawn Of The Dead in my opinion. The scale of fear and tension is dramatically high.
Every scene within the film is genuinely very well constructed, and I actually felt emotion at some points, aside horror due to the persons of all ages who suffered, and hid for their very low chance of survival. I can remember one scene in particular in which I felt very disturbed, and completely shocked to the point where I felt strong sympathy. This scene in particular is very violent - being a scene in a hospital containing Alice. Another scene in which I felt excessively disturbed was believe it or not right at the start. Don ditches his ex-wife Alice in order to save himself, and I must admit, I was absolutely amazed with the use of the dramatic music. Also for an opening, it was so abrupt and caused me to feel intensely shocked.
Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic film which I feel definitely deserves a watch. Aside the horror you will experience, I was impressed with my extraordinary wave of emotions throughout the film as I watched a countless number of innocent victims from all ages, merely fight for survival whilst being shot at by their own human race. This film really is a masterpiece guys.