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Doomsday (2008)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Neil Marshall

Starring:
Rhona Mitra/Eden
Bob Hoskins/Bill
Malcolm McDowell/Kane
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PLOT-CRUNCH
The Reaper virus (which does NOT turn people into zombies - thank Zeus) kicks in. Great Britain quarantines Scotland behind a huge wall. Years later, Scotland has become a wasteland, filled with cannibalistic punks and medieval times wannabees while Great Britain is living hunky dory. That’s until the virus comes back for more. Solution? Send in hot pants Eden Sinclair (Mitra) and a group of well armed soldiers over the wall to find the possible cure. LET HER RIP!
THE LOWDOWN

You're going there? If there is such a thing as hell on earth, that's it. – Bill Nelson

Before writing this poor excuse for a review, I went and glanced quickly at other people’s thoughts on the film. I read “rip off”, “weak story” and even caught a 0 Stars ratings (even though positive stuff about the film was stated) from some high brow douche somewhere . One thing I didn’t see though was the word FUN written anywhere. I guess my definition of amusement doesn’t gel with the one of the masses now of late, because DOOMSDAY was one of the BEST TIMES I’ve had at the movies this year!

DOOMSDAY was a B-80’s vibed Post Apocalyptic gore-show action fest but with mucho coin in its jock-strap. Think ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (right down to the anti-heroe’s eye patch) meets THE ROAD WARRIORS (the villain here even had a Mohawk). In fact, there are two characters in the flick named Miller and Carpenter. George Miller directed Road Warriors and John Carpenter of course tackled Escape from New York. So yup, DOOMSDAY was helmed by somebody who obviously knows the genre and has a deep affinity for it. The references were plentiful and for me they added to the overall enjoyment of the film. Like I always say; what some may call rip-off, others will call homage. In this case, I’m in the “others” category.

On its own, the flick was an energetic, visceral and balls to the walls ride that rarely stopped to develop its story pass the base yet alone be polite about shite. Yup, once its (déjà vu) set up established, the exploitation goodies rammed in so hard that the narrative somewhat got lost in the noise and splats. By Act 3, I was kind of cloudy as to the details behind the happenings but straight up that didn’t matter one damn bit. I was too occupied having a RIOT ACT with all the red wet messes, left field yuk-yuks and grisly bang-bangs to give a fudge. From its harsh prologue, its ALIENS-esque soldiers crash the scene and get attacked bit, to its ROAD WARRIORS –ish CGI less car chaos; DOOMSDAY put me through the fun-times ringer and I couldn’t get enough of it!

Marshalls definitely took the gloves off for this one. The gore was excessive, the humor shamelessly cruel (the more the film moved forward the funnier it got - loved that gimp-lol), the turns at times outrageous (next thing you know we're in Medieval times - gold!) and the whole merciless and relentless in its goal to kick our asses. It’s been a while that I’ve seen a film with so much balls and that wore them on its blood stained sleeve this proudly. In this day and age where a turd like AVP 2 is celebrated; yup, it was quite refreshing for this a-hole to see a movie like this one! Add to that Neil Marshall's firm and Amphetamine laced directorial style that was axed on eye popping spectacle, arresting costume/set designs and brilliant casting all around (Rhonda Mitra is now a new fav of mine) and you get an AWESOME time at the movies.

Look I love 80’s trash, I worship exploitation films, and I get-off on gore, action, guns and hot dames. That’s where I come from. DOOMSDAY gave me all that with panache, a un-pc stance and a FU attitude. Movies like this were MADE for me! THANK YOU DOOMSDAY!
GORE
Somebody asked for a large order of red grub with a side dish of mean spiritedness? YOU GOT IT! Pick-axe in head, severed limbs, slit throat, cut off heads, man burned alive, mucho gunshot wounds, head blasted in half by a shotgun and more!
ACTING
Rhona Mitra (Eden) took her cue from Kate Becksingsale in Underworld but was more credible in the ass kicking department and for me much sexier. I was SOLD! Sean Pertwee (Dr. Talbot) did what he had to do with his usual class. Lee-Anne Liebenberg (Viper) was YUM and menacing at the same time. What a turn on! Craig Conway (Sol) stole the show with his violent and nutty performance. SOL ROCKS! Bob Hoskins (Bill) and Malcolm McDowell (Kane) did fine in their small roles. Adrian Lester (Norton) was credible, likeable and made the most of his role.
T & A
For the first time in my life, I wished I was a tub. Why? So I could’ve hosted actress Lilly Anderson’s luscious pair of breasts. We also get some buns and yes Lee-Anne Liebenberg’s (Viper) tongue flickering tendencies was hot!
DIRECTING
Marshall hit this one out of the park via offering up stylish, heavy handed (loved that severed head that hit the camera) and totally wild action set pieces that floored me to the…well…floor! The atmosphere was oppressive, the pace clipped, the suspense on – no complaints on a technical standpoint. The man was on FIRE!
SOUNDTRACK
Tyler Bates put out a layered score that fit the many moods of the film. We also get some well used ditties like Spellbound by Siouxsie and the Banshees, Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Club Foot by Kasabian (end credit song).
BOTTOM LINE
The Studio obviously didn’t get DOOMSDAY (can we spell under-marketed) and today’s teens or/and general public probably won’t either. But if like me you boogie to the genre films of the 70s/80s, the B Movies that took no prisoners and that reveled in being what they were with no apologies - then this loud, brash, gleefully brutal and often bleakly hilarious opus might be for you. It's funny cause all read is complaints on the "story" - for me, I was so engulfed by the non-stop anarchy on hand that I didn't really care. To each his own I guess! One thing’s for sure, I’M THERE if there’s ever a sequel.
BULL'S EYE
The flick was shot in in Scotland and South Africa.

Outside of the obvious influences, Marshall was also inspired by Metalstorm (1983), Zulu (1964), Excalibur (1981) and Terry Gilliam films for Doomsday.

The flick was Marshall's first Studio film and was his biggest budget to date: 30 Million clams.

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10:46PM on 08/31/2009
An chaotic, fast paced, action packed, bloody, thrill ride, that never fails at entertaining. Neil Marshall is a director to watch out for, he definitely knows what moviegoers want. Rhona Mitra is one of the sexiest screen actresses of today and was kick @$$ here. I like to see a sequel from this. One of my favorites, highly recommended!
An chaotic, fast paced, action packed, bloody, thrill ride, that never fails at entertaining. Neil Marshall is a director to watch out for, he definitely knows what moviegoers want. Rhona Mitra is one of the sexiest screen actresses of today and was kick @$$ here. I like to see a sequel from this. One of my favorites, highly recommended!
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6:51AM on 05/24/2009
The first half of the movie is fairly enjoyable. The premise is interesting enough, and some of the earlier action sequences were quite thrilling.

It all falls apart in the second half, as the film turns into a mess. The villains were just lame, and it suffers from the casting of the dull and charisma-less Rhona Mitra. Every time I see her in a film, I can't help but wonder how much better the far more beautiful and talented Kate Beckinsale would do in the same role.
The first half of the movie is fairly enjoyable. The premise is interesting enough, and some of the earlier action sequences were quite thrilling.

It all falls apart in the second half, as the film turns into a mess. The villains were just lame, and it suffers from the casting of the dull and charisma-less Rhona Mitra. Every time I see her in a film, I can't help but wonder how much better the far more beautiful and talented Kate Beckinsale would do in the same role.
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12:14PM on 04/15/2008

I loved it

At first I thought it was going to be a zombie flick hey thats what I thought from the promos that I saw on tv. I was pleasantly surprised it was quite good and I loved the 80s tunes in it plus I thought Malcom Mcdowell was great as usual no one can do creepy quite like him
At first I thought it was going to be a zombie flick hey thats what I thought from the promos that I saw on tv. I was pleasantly surprised it was quite good and I loved the 80s tunes in it plus I thought Malcom Mcdowell was great as usual no one can do creepy quite like him
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1:31PM on 04/02/2008

i thought it was shite

I understand the desire to toss in a new twist to the throwback of sci-fi movies it's trying to ripoff/homage. The way it switches from one time setting to the next was jarring and out of context to any sense of logic. I wouldn't mind if it was done well, but it wasn't, IMHO. Doomsday failed for me on almost every level. I'm willing to have fun in a movie that has its tongue placed firmly in its cheek, but I'd still like competence in film making. I didn't see it here.
I understand the desire to toss in a new twist to the throwback of sci-fi movies it's trying to ripoff/homage. The way it switches from one time setting to the next was jarring and out of context to any sense of logic. I wouldn't mind if it was done well, but it wasn't, IMHO. Doomsday failed for me on almost every level. I'm willing to have fun in a movie that has its tongue placed firmly in its cheek, but I'd still like competence in film making. I didn't see it here.
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9:49PM on 03/18/2008

The Best Worst Film of the Year

If you liked Grindhouse, you should go and see this film. It's so bad, it's good. Watch for the sentry guns and the rabbit. I will never listen to Good Thing by Fine Young Cannibals the same way ever again.
If you liked Grindhouse, you should go and see this film. It's so bad, it's good. Watch for the sentry guns and the rabbit. I will never listen to Good Thing by Fine Young Cannibals the same way ever again.
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12:52PM on 03/18/2008

Usually Agree with Arrow

....but not this time. This move was awful IMO. I love me some blood and guts but this movie somehow found a way to make me bored of its cheesy violence within the first 20 minutes. I wasn't once interested in any character.. I found them all very VERY annoying and embarassing except Bob Hoskins and thought "Sol" was a fucking tool.


Are you kidding me? This movie was dog shit.
....but not this time. This move was awful IMO. I love me some blood and guts but this movie somehow found a way to make me bored of its cheesy violence within the first 20 minutes. I wasn't once interested in any character.. I found them all very VERY annoying and embarassing except Bob Hoskins and thought "Sol" was a fucking tool.


Are you kidding me? This movie was dog shit.
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12:21PM on 03/18/2008
I'm happy that I'm not the only one who had fun with this. Rhona Mitra was hot, the action was awesome, and I really really dug Marshall's shout outs to past films within the various genres that he covered. It's unfortunate that this movie flopped, but I look forward to this comming out on dvd.
I'm happy that I'm not the only one who had fun with this. Rhona Mitra was hot, the action was awesome, and I really really dug Marshall's shout outs to past films within the various genres that he covered. It's unfortunate that this movie flopped, but I look forward to this comming out on dvd.
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9:09AM on 03/18/2008

This movie..

Was garbage. I loved the Descent and Dog Soldiers so I was obviously looking forward to it. They meet fuckin knights people mid movie! FOR NO REASON! To find something they had the whole time. Then the movie ends off with a Bentley commercial.

The only reason I gave it a 1.5 was for the crazy violence and Rhona Mitra.

Also, people keep comparing this film to grindhouse pictures or B-Movies...well a little update..those movies don't usually cost 30 mil to make plus another 10 for
Was garbage. I loved the Descent and Dog Soldiers so I was obviously looking forward to it. They meet fuckin knights people mid movie! FOR NO REASON! To find something they had the whole time. Then the movie ends off with a Bentley commercial.

The only reason I gave it a 1.5 was for the crazy violence and Rhona Mitra.

Also, people keep comparing this film to grindhouse pictures or B-Movies...well a little update..those movies don't usually cost 30 mil to make plus another 10 for marketing
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2:40AM on 03/18/2008

BLAST from the PAST

"Doomsday" is the best 1980s movie of the millennium. All fans of classic post-apocalyptic flicks like "Escape From New York" and the "Mad Max" series will love it. My GF loved it too, and she hasn't even seen many of the classics. We rate it 3 1/2 forward-leaning helicopters out of a possible 4 forward-leaning helicopters. (Because the only crazy thing it's missing is an actual forward-leaning helicopter chopping people up; maybe they should cut it out of "28 Weeks Later" and stick it in
"Doomsday" is the best 1980s movie of the millennium. All fans of classic post-apocalyptic flicks like "Escape From New York" and the "Mad Max" series will love it. My GF loved it too, and she hasn't even seen many of the classics. We rate it 3 1/2 forward-leaning helicopters out of a possible 4 forward-leaning helicopters. (Because the only crazy thing it's missing is an actual forward-leaning helicopter chopping people up; maybe they should cut it out of "28 Weeks Later" and stick it in "Doomsday" 'cuz it's much more that kind of movie.) It's much better than the vastly-overrated "The Descent." Highly recommended.
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7:31PM on 03/17/2008
Glad you liked it, I was a bit worried about the reviews Id heard (Id still be checking it out obviously), but I kneww ol' arrow would have the last word on whether it'll kick ass or not
Glad you liked it, I was a bit worried about the reviews Id heard (Id still be checking it out obviously), but I kneww ol' arrow would have the last word on whether it'll kick ass or not
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2:42PM on 03/17/2008

80's actually came back

Haven't seen this type of movie since the 1st Resident Evil. Good retread of EscapeNY. It had its share of stupid parts of course, glaringly the part where a good soldier survives til the escape, but then gets arrowed to death b/c he is trying to shut blast doors. WHY?!?! They were driving away from people on foot! Forget freaking closing doors man, people can't run as fast as a speeding car!
Haven't seen this type of movie since the 1st Resident Evil. Good retread of EscapeNY. It had its share of stupid parts of course, glaringly the part where a good soldier survives til the escape, but then gets arrowed to death b/c he is trying to shut blast doors. WHY?!?! They were driving away from people on foot! Forget freaking closing doors man, people can't run as fast as a speeding car!
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