Thursday, August 21, 2008

Doomsday (2008) R - 3 Stars

I think this movie wanted to be like a Mad Max or Thunder Dome type of movie and though no where near as good, parts of it was worth my rental. I loved the costuming and our macho hero is a chick so that's always a good thing. Though it has some gory parts which aren't really my thing, it's not "constant in your face" gore and I can handle that. Sometimes, just implied.

A pandemic has erupted in Northern Europe. An extremely contagious virus nicknamed "Reaper" has wiped out most of the population of Scotland. The virus was first detected there and now the country is known as a hot zone where no one goes in or out. A great wall has been put around the country to contain the virus and because it is so contagious, automatic weapons will kill anything that moves on the other side of the fence.

But the government has not solved their problem with a new outbreak of the virus turning up in London decades later. Now they must research the conditions of the old hot zone. Images show there are survivors moving around. A vaccination can be made from the right blood.

A team is assembled to go through the wall and find the cure. Major Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra), is returning to her home after she was taken from her mother, 25 years ago and put on a helicopter, fleeing the city. It's made her cold and tough and she knows real well how to take care of herself. On her team is Sargent Norton (Adrian Lester), Bill Nelson (Bob Hoskins), John Hatcher (Alexander Siddig), Kane (Malcolm McDowell) and Canaris (David O'Hara).

Once inside the quarantined city, they are on their own but nothing can prepare them for the flock of wild human survivors lurking inside. Time is of the essence for the team to find a doctor they think may have the cure. Problem is, most of these humans tribal survival instincts are really starting to show.

Universal Pictures
Director: Neil Marshall
Writer: Neil Marshall
Producers: Benedict Carver, Steven Paul
I viewed 8/08

1 comment:

WaywardJam said...

I really liked this film. It was definitely trying to mimic elements of Mad Max but the whole mish-mash of Medieval and future tech created a fun anything goes hodgepodge.

Like you said, it's not a great film, but Mitra kicks butt, and that all that matters in the end.