Dave's Rating:

4.0

… tense and full of dread …

Who's in It: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Idris Elba

The Basics: So it turns out that the outbreak that made everyone zombies the first time around wasn't as contained as they thought. And you know what that means, don't you? More eating of brains! I, for one, could not be happier with this development.

What's the Deal? Almost all sequels suffer from comparison to their predecessors. And with a story like this one, what you don't get is that shock-of-the-new that 28 Days Later provided with its killing of almost everyone in the U.K. and the visually cool Danny Boyle direction. But zombie fans won't be disappointed. It's tense and full of the kind of something-horrible-is-about-to-happen dread that you want it to have.

Could Have Used More: Face time with the rage-virus-infected undead. They're all over the place, but they move so quickly and are so often the surprise waiting around the corner that they sometimes seem more like punctuation than the subject.

Could Have Used Less: Speedy, no point-of-view camera moves. In the most chaotic action moments, everything's whipping around so fast that it becomes a blur and you can't tell what's happening to whom.

When You Become an Actor, No One Makes You Change Your Name Anymore: The two kids in the film — and they figure prominently as the plot unfolds — have the cool, unusual names Mackintosh Muggleton and Imogen Poots. Those are the kind of names that give you backbone in life, but also the kind that talent agents used to make you change. It stands to reason that if Judy Garland were around today, she'd still be Frances Gumm.

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