Written by Mr. Mouseburger 9th Nov 2007
Written by Imadjinn
28 Weeks Later is the sequel to 28 Days Later and, similar to its predecessor, focuses on the struggles of ordinary men, women and children against the mysterious Rage virus, which, as the name might suggest, drives its victims to random acts of bloody violence.
A case in point. Donald Harris is cooped up in a country house along with his wife and other survivors of the virus. Hundreds, if not thousands, of "Infected" roam the land and it does not look like help is coming. One day, a child comes running, banging and screaming to be let in. Don decides to let him in, risking being discovered by the infected, which may or may not sign his and the others death warrants.
Sure enough, the child has drawn the attention of an army of Infected, with nought but violence on their warped minds. The survivors are systematically bitten, beaten and bloodied until they too become one of the infected. Don manages to fight them off briefly, while his wife and the child have escaped upstairs. They meet in the same room, but are then separated by the infected horde. Despite his wife's pleas for help, Don does what any sensible bloke would do - cacks his pants and does a runner, abandoning his wife and the child to a grisly fate.
Cut to a point in the near future. The infected have apparently all died out or been killed, thanks to the Americans, and people are being slowly being allowed back into Blighty. Don is a big cheese in the new, safe (hah!) city and is happy to meet up again with his two children, who have returned from Spain. Don has the unpleasant news of telling them that their mother is dead, but avoids telling them his role in her demise. They are predictably upset and want to visit their old home, so they sneak outside the safety of the city and make a shocking discovery: Their dear old Mum is still alive, but is in a terrible state.
The military bring her back for tests and discover that she carries the virus, but is unaffected by it. This is an important breakthrough, and offers hope that a cure can be found for the Rage virus. She is quarantined and, to ensure that she does not escape or become infected, she is strapped down. Don has, at this point, found out his wife is still alive and so he goes to visit her. It is undoubtedly an awkward meeting, and he breaks down in front of her, apologising for abandoning her. Then, he makes the horrid mistake of giving her a sloppy wet kiss by way of apology.
The virus can be passed on through bodily fluids, and no sooner has he kissed his wife when Don begins to feel the effect of the Rage virus. Flailing wildly, he starts punching the reinforced windows, spewing blood and, finally, his pupils turn a devilish shade of red.
Don turns on his poor, poor wife and begins to punch her repeatedly in the side of the head. Being strapped down, she is completely helpless to this relentless torrent of violence. Blood pours from her mouth as she calls his name hoping to reason with him. But this is not her husband any more, instead he has turned into the most horrific thing imaginable; a Zombie version of Francis Begbie!! With a snarl, he sinks his teeth into her throat.
It doesn’t quite end there, as Don wraps his hands around his wife’s head and putting his thumbs against her eyes he proceeds to push her eyeballs into the back of her head. He finishes off with a few more wild blows to his dead wife’s head before running off to spread the virus.