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28 Weeks Later
DIRECTED BY JUAN CARLOS FRESNADILLO
RELEASED: 2007

Why's it so good? This is another one of those sequels that works because it changes up the formula. So instead of a tiny band on the run from a zombie - sorry, infected - plague that has already spread, we get to see the plague vector work its way through a small, enclosed community. Also, somebody chops up Infected with helicopter rotors, and that's always fun.

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How does it stack up to the original? It's not as good, boasting neither the shock factor of an empty London nor quite such a tightly-structured plot. And this time a specific member of the Infected keeps popping up like a bogeyman, chasing the child protagonists across London in a way that just doesn't square with the whole mindless rage thing. Still, some good shocks and scares along the way.

Glaring error: The London geography's all over the place: the kids escape the Isle of Dogs by sneaking over a bridge that's, er, in the Isle of Dogs.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 54 MONTHS


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