Monday, May 07, 2007

Short Takes: 28 Weeks Later ... and Greed is Back!

Chomp chomp chomp. Slurp slurp. Whir whir. Loud, minor-toned guitar churn. Arrggghh. Arrggghhh.

Soundtrack tells all for 28 Weeks Later, the even more gory sequel to 28 Days Later, the visually innovative, chilling 2002 zombie film directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Millions, etc.)

I'm still gauging my reaction to the sequel, which was directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and I'll soon post a link to my Las Vegas City Life review. It's still a bit scary, and still an intense visual experience, but the whole thing feels darn redundant, as if the story ran out of gas before the opening credits on the new one.

Here's my lead:

Chopper blades slice up frothing zombies like a shredder taking apart so many paper dolls and geysers of blood flood the abandoned streets of London and its suburbs in 28 Weeks Later, Spanish-born director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's sequel to Danny Boyle's visually captivating 2002 shocker, 28 Days Later. So yes, it's an all-out gore fest, sure to sate the bloodlust of the most dedicated connoisseurs of the latest cycle of carve-victims-up horror fare.

Greed is back (not that it ever left the building -- witness all those now-worried condo speculators with big empty buildings on their hands). Michael Douglas has signed on to do a sequel to Oliver Stone's zeitgeist-tapping 1987 film Wall Street, according to a report in Saturday's New York Times.

Stone won't direct, and no word on whether Charlie Sheen, who co-starred as the protege who sold out mentor Gordon Gekko (Stone) will return. Stephen Schiff, True Crime screenwriter and former journalist, will write the screenplay.

The title, according to Edward R. Pressman, interviewed in the Times, is Money Never Sleeps. But, hey, that's the name of a 2000 documentary on Wall Street (or maybe that was just a DVD extra feature). So perhaps that's just the working title.