Doomsday will be remembered, mark my words. This movie did not go well with the critics or audience, which a surprising fact, since they loved Neil Marshall’s past two movies The Descent and Dog Soldiers. With both of those movies being set in closed environment, this time we are treated to a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Doomsday is an entertaining action movie with a wobbly story and relatively simplistic characters that don’t get in the way of it’s at times frantic pace. If you have seen Neil’s previous movies, you know that there will be a decent amount of blood squirting and gruesome deaths. It reminded me of all those low-budget Italian copies of Mad Max: 2019, After the Fall of New York, Warrior of the Lost World or 2020 Texas Gladiators. Weird and unapologetic, Doomday knows exactly what it’s doing and it does it well.
So, about the movie, some strange virus infected bunch of people, and they are forced into a quarantine, that seems to be big enough to make a whole new state. You can see how the director took ideas from Mad Max and Escape From New York, and used that premise to make very interesting movie with ultra hot Rhona Mitra as the part of the team that needs to go to the quarantine zone to get a possible cure for the rest of mankind. Great special effects, production values and lots of action promise one hell of a night.
Director: Neil Marshall
Cast: Rhona Mitra, Jeremy Crutchley, Bob Hoskins, Alexander Siddig, David O’Hara, Nathalie Boltt
Fun Facts: Though the film takes place in London and Scotland, most of principal photography was done in South Africa. The last scene shot on the continent before moving to the UK was the lengthy car chase with the Bentley crashing through the bus.