11. 28 Weeks Later
Fun fact: Did you know that the sequel to 28 Days Later got better reviews than the original? There’s a reason. It’s a better movie. Juan Carlos Fresnadilla’s installment is a very different movie. Where the previous installment was moody and atmospheric, Weeks was pulse-pounding and lightning fast, high-octane filmmaking at its very best. This was a movie where the zombies don’t slow down for death. They outrun you. Fresnadilla’s film is reminiscent of Children of Men, bracing in its visceral depiction of a grim dystopia without feathers and without hope. A ferociously intelligent script also gets paired with stellar turns from its then up-and-coming cast, including Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner, Imogen Poots and Rose Byrne, who gives the film a quiet dignity and gravity. Although Fresnadilla is as fast as its caffeinated zombies, the performances keep the film grounded in humanity.