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1:46pm on Thursday the 20th of June
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In one sense, the sequel to 28 Days Later is good Leftist porn. You won't lack for alt-weekly film critics finding the Iraq War metaphor as London goes mad from a virus supposedly contained by American troops. We haven't seen this kind of groupthink since the hackety-hacks all invoked John Ashcroft in their reviews of Minority Report...

The sequel certainly starts out as a heavy-handed indictment. Don't bother asking why there are so many American troops overseeing the reconstruction of London. The important message is that they're overconfident and incompetent. [Editor's Note: Spoilers ahead!] Here's the catch: Things only go to hell when two supposedly heroic jerks defy their superiors. A couple of British kids -- and their cowardly father -- bring the super-infectious rage virus back into the general population. Then we're stuck cheering for the ruthless U.S. forces to succeed in wiping out the innocent and the crazed alike.
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Yep. My favorite is Nathan Lee from the Village Voice, who was so busy trying to squeeze a plot summary into his indictment of U.S. foreign policy, he somehow didn't notice that one of the main characters was a little boy, not a little girl. Despite being referred to as "the boy" throughout. There's something to be said for, once in a while, seeing the trees for the forest.

Here's my favorite part of Lee's review. [ANOTHER HUGE SPOILER AHEAD] He says: "From a controlled fury of sniper fire to the indiscriminate slaughter of anything that moves, the next step is a doozy: extermination via citywide firebombing and the deployment of chemical weapons. Zombies are the least of it; the prime terror of 28 Weeks Later is a horror of the protocol." And yet, when the "good guys" work around that protocol by smuggling Andy over the English Channel in hopes that his natural immunity to the virus will lead to a cure, the result is that mainland Europe becomes infected, and probably the world. By disobeying direct orders, they spared 2 children but doomed millions, maybe billions.

28 Weeks Later is indeed subversive, but it's thinking like Lee's that's being subverted.
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