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DOOMSDAY - THE PIT OF HORROR REVIEW -- [Posted 17 March 2008]


"Doomsday" is three equal parts of three different films. Grab your "Escape From New York" DVD , then your "Camelot" DVD, and finally your "The Road Warrior" DVD, hit pulse on your blender... and there you have "Doomsday". The new flick from "The Descent" director Neil Marshall. Fans will say it is a great sci fi movie, but really it's a straight-forward "action movie." Fans will also point to its satirical and irreverent tone, and yes, I will grant that it does have an edge, although not as sharp as I would have liked.

In "Doomsday", a lethal virus called "The Reaper" spreads throughout the British isles, infecting millions and kills hundreds of thousands. To contain the threat, acting authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The quarantine is successful. Three decades later, the Reaper virus violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists, including Eden Sinclair, is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare.

So, what do you do when the world's has declined further into anarchy? Send in super bad ass hot chic Eden (Rhona Mitra) and her team of super soldiers to find the cure. Reluctantly, loner soldier Eden agrees to go in and chaos ensues from there. This leads to some pretty bad ass action sequences, lots of gunfire, and Malcolm McDowell as the king of the lost world. And while there is way too much going on in "Doomsday" to even fit into this review, I'd just like to comment that while there is no running water or power in the forgotten city of Glasgow, there is still plenty of hair dye and tattoo needles. It's either attack of the super emo's or attack of knights of the roundtable. Both of which I found quite confusing and just wacky.

Director and writer Neil Marshall had more money to spend on destroying props and scenery this time around apparently. All that money is up on the screen - the bangs to bucks ratio is high. When that's coupled with Mitra's surly hero and a heavy dose of cruel humor, the result is an all-action movie that delivers all the violence and entertainment you could want.

'DOOMSDAY' A Film by NEIL MARSHALL
Starring RHONA MITRA - CARYN PETERSON - ADEOLA ARIYO - EMMA CLEASBY - CHRISTINE TOMLINSON & MALCOLM McDOWELL
Written & Directed by Neil Marshall

[ DISCUS ON OUR FORUMS] [Review By John Gray]
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DOOMSDAY

YEAR: 2008

STUDIO: ROGUE

COUNTRY UK

RUN TIME 105mins (US)

CERT: USA, R / UK, 18

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