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Doomsday (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Doomsday
Unrated Widescreen Edition
Actors: Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2008     2hr 0min

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 contr...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Sci-Fi Action
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/29/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 6
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 5/24/2013...
An absolutely INSANE British sci-fi/action/horror flick by Neil Marshall of "Dog Soldiers" and "The Descent" fame. When a killer virus ravages the population of Scotland, the British government deals with it by sealing the entire region off behind a giant wall and placing it under permanent quarantine.

30 years later the virus pops up again in London, so they send a team of specialists (led by the hot-as-hell Rhona Mitra as a warrior-woman type who's like the love child of Lara Croft and Snake Plissken) back into the "hot zone" to find any potential survivors of the plague who may be able to provide a cure. Along the way they tangle with a vicious gang of punk-rock cannibals, get captured by a mad scientist (Malcolm McDowell) who's gone medieval, and experience a whole bunch of other weird sh*t that usually ends up in decapitations, fights, explosions, and gore galore.

When this flick ended all I could say was, "Wow, that was nuts." It's kinda like a mish-mash of bits borrowed from "Resident Evil," "Escape From New York," and "The Road Warrior" (to name just a few) all stuffed into a blender set on "liquify." It's not Oscar material by any means, and parts of it were pretty damn silly, but on the whole it was entertaining as hell and certainly never boring!!!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/24/2011...
If you enjoy films like The Road Warrior or Escape From New York you should love this movie. A modern day homage to the insane end of the world action flicks from the 80s. A disease causes the British government to create a quarantine zone. Years later a new outbreak causes the government to send in a team in an attempt to discover a cure. Violent over-the-top action from the director of Dog Soldiers & The Descent.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 10/14/2010...
DOOMSDAY

The world is ending...

Again.

But this time, it's so much rocking fun that it feels fresh!! To me, Neil Marshall is a bloody genius (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) and I'd just about watch grass grow if he was at the helm directing it. The movie is cast perfectly. Rhona Mitra is a total bad ass. You DON'T want to piss her off! And she commands this movie with perfection.

Also great was Bob Hoskins. Where have you been, Bob? He always makes for a believable character. And Malcolm McDowell was over the top, as always!!

I absolutely loved DOOMSDAY! It was bloody, gory to the extreme and oddly touching. And you have to love a villainess with Celtic facial tattoos!!

So, check out DOOMSDAY. You're missing an awesome, gooey treat!!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Paul C. from VERNAL, UT
Reviewed on 8/20/2010...
This is a really fun movie, with action, suspense, guns and girls. Rhona Mitra once again confirms her status as the bada^% sci fi chick.PC
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

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."

--wiredweird"
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.
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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"