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 »olled by a society of murderous renegades. Loaded with ferocious fights and high-octane chases, Doomsday grabs you right from the start, and doesn't let go till its explosive end!« less
William J. (billystan3) from AUBURN, NY Reviewed on 11/18/2015...
This movie could quite possibly be the most over rated movie I've ever seen. Rarely, if ever is a movie so poorly put together, for me, that I cannot finish it. I may have gotten halfway through this ridiculous premise when I decided I had enough. What's even worse though this and others like: the Smokin' aces, Kill Bill series, I have thoroughly enjoyed. Short of putting me to sleep - I cannot, with a clear conscience rate this film any higher than half a star.
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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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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"
The Reaper Virus Is Upon Us.
C. Sawin | TX | 05/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Reaper Virus has broken out in Great Britain. A wall is built and as many people as possible who aren't infected are evacuated. A wall is built to try and quarantine the virus. It works...until now. Thirty years later, the virus has broken out again. Survivors are discovered on the other side of the wall which brings hope for a cure. A team of special forces, including Eden Sinclair, are sent to the other side of the wall to try and find the cure. The survivors aren't exactly normal though, as they've become cannibalistic savages and will basically kill and/or eat anyone that stands in their way. Will a cure be found and will Sinclair and her team be able to get back in one piece?
The best part of this movie, in my opinion, is the fact that it uses elements from a lot of my favorite movies to its advantage and the end result is spectacular. Not only is it incredibly gory, but the film also reminded me of films like Aliens, Gladiator, and even 28 Days Later. There's also the obvious comparison to Mad Max and I've even heard it has similarities to The Warriors, but since I haven't seen enough of either film to compare them...I can't really say.
Sol, played by Craig Conway who was also the main crawler in The Descent, has to be one of the most extreme, violent, and hardcore characters to come along in a long time. He's the type of character that is just angry all the time. With that kind of passion and energy, he tends to steal just about every scene he's in. As tough as he is, he tends to fail in comparison to Sinclair, played by Rhona Mitra. She doesn't seem to care about anything and always manages to find a way to get out of whatever situation she's in. She has to be one of the most fierce and dominant female characters I've ever seen grace the screen. Watching the savages, the way they live, and what they do to survive is a bit strange...but you won't be able to look away. Malcom Macdowell does a good job as Kane. You hear him more than you actually see him. I was a bit disappointed with Bob Hoskins' role in the film. I thought he was really impressive in Unleashed, but he didn't really bring the charisma he had in that film to Doomsday. I guess his role didn't really require as much this time around, but still. I was a bit letdown.
The scenes where all hell breaks loose are the most fun. Watching the battle sequences, the deaths, and especially the car chase at the end all make this film worth seeing alone. I don't really want to spoil anything, but let's just say you're in for a few surprises. I can honestly say I didn't really lose interest in the film from beginning to end either. Some films have slow parts or parts that drag way too long, but I felt like there was enough going on in this that I was interested the entire time.
I think Doomsday is a wild, fun, bloody ride for anyone willing to give it a chance. If you like sci-fi films with a touch of horror to them, then this is definitely a film for you. Also, if you're a fan of Neil Marshall's past work, like Dog Soldiers and The Descent, then I think this is a must see for you.