28 Weeks Later/YMMV

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

  • Idiot Plot: Sure, go make out with your wife. Never mind the freaky eye or what she's been doing for the past months. Not to mention she probably knew that she was a carrier at that point or could kill an infected.
  • Tear Jerker: Lots of parts in the movie. Including but not limited to:
    • Don abandoning Alice, and their later reunion, when she forgives him. Too bad it ends up with him being infected and then killing her. Also, on that same scene, Don trying to fight the infection as it takes over his body.
  • The Scrappy: The two kids in the movie. Not only were they largely responsible for the new outbreak of Rage Virus in Britain, but to make matters worse their selfishness causes the rest of the world to get infected, too. And yet through all of this, they still are the only ones who make it out alive. Ask pretty much any group of people who have seen the movie, and you'll find at least one person who was angry that the kids didn't die for their bad behavior.
    • Looking at the last shot in the movie, for all we know, they did.
  • Straw Man Has a Point:
    • The American military, consistently portrayed as unnecessarily authoritarian and violent, end up killing civilians by the truckload to contain the virus. Brutal? Of course. But if it had been completed, the continent (and possibly the rest of the world save for outlying islands and the American continents) would have been spared the rage infection. Instead, it's the compassionate turncoat who dooms humanity by giving the kids, WHO BROKE THE QUARANTINE FOR FUN and became unaffected carriers of the virus, a lift across the English Channel to safety. It's next to impossible not to root for the gun-wielding maniacs while this is going on.
      • Nobody knew Andy had become a carrier, since everyone who knew Alice had been one was dead. And the military definitely held the Idiot Ball in a few places - herding all the civilians into one parking garage that obviously wasn't secure given how easily Infected!Don broke in is almost a case of Too Dumb to Live.
      • It depends on whether you believe the ends justify the means, particularly in a situation that's going to be FUBAR whatever you do to remedy it, but the U.S. military firing into the crowd makes it hard to root for the 'gun-wielding maniacs', particularly the snipers who don't have rapid-fire weapons with spread and are thus obviously singling out regular civilians and wasting ammo on them, and clearly enjoying it, despite the presence of easily-spotted civilians who are actually infected in the same crowd. Unless, of course, the soldiers are firing at the civilians because they know they'll probably be infected.
        • We saw at least one sniper Mercy Kill a fellow soldier that was getting swarmed by the infected.
    • Don's daughter berates him for not being sure his wife was dead. She completely ignores the fact that if he would have gone back to help his wife, the kids would have been out two parents instead of just one.
      • Don did technically lie when he said he'd seen Alice die. He can't really be blamed as he was too preoccupied with getting the hell away to confirm her death.
  • The Woobie: Alice cannot catch a break in this movie. Her husband abandons her when an Infected separates them, and he just books it instead of trying to save her. She is immune, however, and flees back to her house in London where she stays in hiding for months. She is eventually found by the military, who bring her back to District 1 and plan on killing her to run tests on her corpse to find a cure. Beforehand, however, Don visits her to beg for her forgiveness for fleeing, then kisses her... which causes him to become Infected and kill her in the most drawn out and painful death in the movie, all while she is strapped to a table. Then her body is lit on fire from the firebombing. Good lord.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: According to Jeremy Renner, a.k.a. Sgt Doyle, "It's everything I think the first one is, but on crack."