3.5, Europe, Latin America/Spain

28 Weeks Later

2007 / Juan Carlos Fresnadillo > While it lacks the overt philosophical base of its predecessor, it overwhelmingly makes up for it in its incredible, adrenaline-based pacing. Guided by Boyle, Fresnadillo kicks it up a notch with a simpler plotline that becomes more hectic, flashing a surprise or two in the pan as time passes. Only after the film has ended does one realize that the plot was fairly thin, but that’s fine because the experience is bafflingly good. Add to it a maddening score and you’ve got one of the finest, if slightly more intelligent, popcorn films of the year (at least for those who aren’t so afraid of the dark).