(This review may contain spoilers).
I still haven’t read the books, but having seen the first movie, I did quickly decide I wanted to see the second when I saw it advertised.
I didn’t feel like this movied rehashed the plot of the first. I thought that the ‘new world’ Thomas and the others were in clearly came with its own dangers.
I liked being able to see the friendship and the support within the group, even when Thomas wasn’t believed. It was also good to see the times when they had to make the tough decisions and the fact that they’d all had to grow up so fast.
I didn’t really like Teresa in this movie. There were hints of a love triangle, which I didn’t really like, but I did like Brenda’s character. I thought she was a strong person and it was nice to see there were tie-ins with the previous movie.
I would have liked to have a bit more explanation about the virus and how it started. The fact that the final symptoms created zombie-like creatures was especially creepy and I felt they added a lot of tension.
I would have liked to see more of what the world was like generally, but there was a lot of good tension in the movie. And there were some scenes that had me on edge, wanting to know how things would turn out.
While there were some things that weren’t really realistic, I had little trouble suspending my disbelief. There were things I would have liked to see expanded upon, but I had very little trouble following the plot. There was a good amount of action and I found myself really caring about the characters.
I recognised a number of actors I’ve seen in other things and although I thought one of the actors was playing a character similar to a role I’ve seen him in before, it was still good to see the way the actors portrayed the characters.
Although it’s irritating that this film ends on a cliffhanger, I do want to watch the next film… and at some point in the future, I plan to read the books these films are based on.