Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Alexander Siddig, Caryn Peterson, Adeola Ariyo
Director: Neil Marshall
Genres: Action & Adventure
From the director of The Descent comes an action-packed thrill-ride through the beating heart of hell! To save humanity from an epidemic, an elite fighting unit must battle to find a cure in a post-apocalyptic zone contro... more »
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Jason C. (JJC) from NEWARK, NJ
Reviewed on 7/7/2008...
"Doomsday" is a film I've been yearning for lately, and coincidentally it arrived just in time. I kept saying to all my movie-heads that the "Midnite" films of the 70s and 80s have passed us, they're long gone...those cult films that made the movie experience unique and important of all, fun. We need them! Well, "Doomsday" is that film I've been missing all those years ago.
A homage to "Escape from New York" and "The Road Warrior" (and add a little dose of the zombie film), "Doomsday" tells the story of an epidemic known as the Reaper Virus, that spreads in modern day and was contained with a 30 foot steel wall around Scotland with basically everyone in it left to die. 25 years later, the epidemic presents itself again outside the wall but this time, the British Government has a possible hope.
A classified government file from three years prior presents satellite photos of survivors left in Scotland, with no infection...indicating a possible cure. An elite team of special operatives led by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) along with two scientists are sent into Scotland to find this "cure," if it even exists....but Scotland is not the land it once was.
Most of the remaining survivors have turned into vicious, psychopathic cannibals led by Sol (Craig Conway) who runs this carnival of mayhem. Sol has taken major interest on why after 25 years, the outside world has come back in. Also a major leader is Dr. Kane (Malcolm McDowell) who has stationed himself in the highlands of Scotland, away from Sol (his son) and the freaks of nature. Kane, a once respected scientist, now lives like a medieval king, and accepts the primitive life and bans all word of the outside world, which he's brainwashed to his cult, does not exist anymore. But does Kane have the cure?
"Doomsday" is such a great time, that the kid who watched "Escape From New York" and "The Road Warrior" for the first time, came back after all those years. Great drive-in fun!! Directed by Neil Marshall, who gave us two great horror films already, "Dog Soldiers" and "The Descent," really does a great job with this inspiring material. I love how one minute you're watching a futuristic sci-fi film and then the next, you're watching a medieval film, and then next you're watching a post-apocalyptic extravaganza. Brilliance. Rhona Mitra is the heroine, looking amazingly sexy and doing a great job meshing the roles of anti-heros Snake Plissken and Mad Max, as the tough as nails solider, Eden! Craig Conway does his best Vernon Wells (Wez from "The Road Warrior") imitation as Sol, in a great psycho performance, and Malcolm McDowell...well...need I say more?
It has the car chase action of "The Road Warrior", the crazy world inside the prison of "Escape from New York" and a "Resident Evil" feel of action and horror! I loved every minute of this ode to the Midnite movies of yesteryear!
GO SEE IT...AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!
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2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Great after-the-crash flick
wiredweird | Earth, or somewhere nearby | 03/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You've seen all the pieces before. The country has fallen into lawlessness, where warlords with bad haircuts rule their fiefdoms (as in Mad Max, to name just one of many). There are the government officials trying desperately to save his bu... I mean, career (My Fellow Americans). There's the insanely contagious and deadly virus (28 Days Later). And there's the way-cool babe with a gun and an attitude (Resident Evil) leading her small but brave band through it all. Oh, and a little comedic banter (any Bond film), but not enough to change the tone of the film. If you want novelty, or even plausibility, you probably ended up in the wrong theater by mistake.
So just take it for what it is: commodity entertainment, a bit bloodier than some but not off the charts, and where people keep their clothes on. Some days, I just want an adventure flick with nothing much to think about, except maybe how good Maj. Sinclair looks in that tight outfit. If that's what you're after, then "mission accomplished."
Is this what happens when you give Neil Marshall a big budge
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 10/01/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, this writer/director has been responsible for two of the best low budget horror movies of recent years. In Dog Soldiers, he melded the combat film with the werewolf movie and came out with something startlingly good. In The Descent, he crafted what was quite simply one of the scariest films of all time. So what then are we to make of Doomsday? This futuristic shocker features an amalgam of scenes lifted wholesale from other (frankly better) films -to be specific, 28 Days Later, Aliens, Escape From New York, Army of Darkness and Mad Max 2;The Road Warrior. They're all here and all of them are instantly recognizable, so much so that you cannot pass it off as coincidence. Some viewers will utter the word 'homage,' but the less charitable among us will prefer to say 'rip-off.'
As you watch Doomsday unfold, you can't stop asking yourself what Marshall hoped to accomplish here. The film must have had a decent budget and it looks great. Furthermore, he has an undeniable flair for action sequences. But though the film can never be accused of being dull, neither does it feature anything that is remotely surprising, largely because you've seen it all before. In the case of the climactic car chase, it is quite simply, Mad Max 2, down to the last detail. It's as though Marshall decided to recreate key scenes from all his favorite movies and while you grudgingly admit, he's done a fair job of copying them, you can't help yearning for a bit of originality, something that his last two films had in abundance.
The star of the movie Rhona Mitra plays it straight as tough as nails warrior who leads the charge from segment to segment. I have never seen a woman take so much pain and only have few scratches. A few more positive reviews and big American star (like Will Smith) could have push the movie over the top. Unfortunately we won't see a sequel and this is one that could have spawned one if it could have topped $40 million mark. After all they have made four SAW movies.
This feels like a serious hiccup in his career - and some murmurings about a planned sequel to The Descent don't bode well for his next offering either. The suspicion is that he's mirroring John Carpenter's career, a director who was brilliant when he had no money, but whose output became increasingly dismal as his budgets grew in size. It's a shame because few British directors get the autonomy to make films on this scale. My fingers are crossed for his future career, but on the strength of Doomsday, my expectations are not high right now.
Leave your brain at the door and ENJOY
P. Booth | 05/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What a gloriously stupidly great film. Yes it stitches up bits from Escape From New York, The Mad Max trilogy, a number of Zombie flicks and throws in a bit of medieval nonsense, but it's entertaining, silly, bloody, ridiculous FUN. It's one of those movies that if you `'get it'' and are willing to forgive it a multitude of sins, not least some woeful acting from Bob Hoskins and Darren Morfitt you'll have a whole lot of old fashioned exploitation fun.
I mean in what other movie do you have a gleaming black Bently Coupe being chased by a rag tag band of evil punks in the cars from The Road Warrior all set to Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Two Tribes. Great.
Americans have not taken to Doomsday for some reason, maybe the audiences where expecting something serious and in the vein of Marshall's last film, The Descent, but Europeans who appreciate that Neil Marshall's tongue is firmly planted in his cheek are lapping it up. Enjoy"