I’m not sure if the makers of 28 Weeks Later ever thought about giving away some promotional diapers at their screenings, because some of us could have used them during that opening scene. No, I didn’t poop my pants everybody….but I do recall saying “Holy Shit!” after the 8 minute introduction was over. Now, I’m not about to say that this sequel as a whole is better than Danny Boyle’s groundbreaking first from 2002, but the opening for 28 Weeks Later is easily on par with anything in 28 Days Later.
For those who have seen it, you know what I’m talking about. And hopefully you share my enthusiasm as well. If you haven’t seen it, the best I can do right now is provide a link from Youtube of the scene in full, but shown through the eyes of a camcorder. You see, the copyright gods won’t let anyone put up actual clips from the movie, so this will have to suffice. I can say that it’s some of the better bootleg footage out there in terms of quality, so we have that going for us.
Once the “In The House, In A Heartbeat” song kicks in, you know the rage-infested zombie shit is gonna hit the fan. And when Don chooses himself over his wife and a random hungry kid, that’s when the reality of the situation sets in. From there, we’re treated to a great zombie chase scene and then one of the best zombie water moments since Lucio Fulci’s infamous shark biting in 1979’s, Zombie. This is how you do an opening sequence people, and luckily the rest of the movie didn’t dramatically fall off after this impressive little setup. So thank you 28 Weeks Later for your “Holy Shit!” moment and for almost (I can’t specify ‘almost’ enough) making me soil myself. Now can we finally get 28 Months Later, please?