Following 28 Days Later, this horror sequel picks up six months following the devastation the Rage virus inflicted upon the United Kingdom. With the virus seemingly under control, groups of refugees return home, but an unknowing carrier reignites the deadly infection.
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Where Romero's films were all different in emotional tone (the scares of Night, the farce of Dawn, the bleakness of Day), each part of this series is rich in its blend of light emotions with darker ones. They aren't afraid to have its characters joke around in one scene, romance in the next, and then follow it with a setpiece that scares you shitless. Too many films have one emotion only, these run the gamut.
Underrated in my opinion. This has a rare poetic quality to it (Carlyle's character receiving his wife's forgiveness through a consequential kiss that turns him into a zombie subsequently completely annihilating the beloved), and a strange dramaturgy which means it's wonderfully unpredictable. I love how one character after another seemingly evolves into the film's main hero, then just dies.
2.7 stars. The first film I remember watching that really felt beholden to video game plotting and aesthetics. Often more of an action film than an effective horror (and so less to my tastes). However, it is a convincing continuation of '28 Days Later' and the focus on two pretty likable kids kept the stakes high. I am a fan of Robert Carlyle's face.
Terrifying, bleakly explicit. Stronger than the first one. Wasn't even comforted by the stark implausibility of some gaps in the depicted enforcement of quarantine (Carlyle can cheerfully card-swipe his way through to his extremely biohazardous wife, lying there exposed; the helicopter crosses over to France like it's nothing).
Yeah, that opening set me up for the most incredible horror/action movie in years and then *sound of bomb falling from the sky* the rest of the movie happened. It's rare that you see a 2 star film with a 5 star opening scene. www.foec.wordpress.com