Saturday, March 15, 2008
Movie Reviews: DOOMSDAY
In the future, the aggressive Reaper virus has wiped out most of the Earth’s population, and the only way authorities can think to contain it is to wall off infected areas. The plan works for a while, until the virus reappears in noninfected areas years later. That’s when a team of specialists led by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) is forced to drive into the infected areas and figure out a cure before humanity is totally eliminated from the planet.
Cast Rhona Mitra, Sean Pertwee, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester (more)
Director(s) Neil Marshall
Writer(s) Neil Marshall
Status In theaters (wide)
Release Date March 14, 2008
Running Time 105 minutes
MPAA Rating R - for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual
If you take Doomday serious at any point it’ll adversely affect any enjoyment you may have had, it also my take your head off. Neil Marshall’s ode to apocalyptical 80’s movies is balls to the wall nuttiness. To say Marshall borrows from a few sources would be an understatement. This is blended hodgepodge of story elements borrowed from Marshall’s movie watching past. Road Warrior, John Carpenter’s Escape from New York and even a bit of George A. Romero’s Knightriders, there’s plenty more in there as well, just for the hell of it. It’s got an indestructible heroine, shady politicos and an end of the world mission add to that endless amounts of gore, decapitations a plenty and sprinkle of cannibalism. Needless to say this has a little bit of everything for sci-fi horror genre lovers. Some people will just hate this movie and it’s not for everyone but then again it’s not intended to be. If exploding bunny rabbits bother you, please seek your cinematic enjoyment elsewhere. If you find it a bit funny, then this might be the movie for you. A thoroughly anarchic and zany car chase sequence at the finale which is just as funny as it is bloody puts a nice seal on this film. Acting isn’t necessarily required here as much as looking cool, Marshall supplys a ton of hero shots, while creating massive amounts of carnage. The action sequences provide an excellent adrenaline rush and are edited like the editor was literally on fire on the time, which might have been a real possibility. Rhonda Mirta in the lead role just exudes cool and is believable, as much as possible in a movie like this at least, as the ass kicking heroine. A nice little bit part for Malcolm Mcdowell is just about the extent of any kind of actual acting being done here. Aside from that all there characters are there to create or receive mayhem. Doomday is the type of movie some people will just enjoy for what it is while other will find it as brain dead as movies come. I can’t honestly tell you it’s an intelligent movie because it’s not and if you give any of the story elements more than a seconds thought the plot would fall apart faster than so many severed limbs. Personally, I think its fun escapism the kind I was weaned on in my movie watching infancy and there’s still a soft spot in my heart for its ilk if done correctly.