Doomsday

Doomsday

4.0 9
Director: Neil Marshall

Cast: Neil Marshall, Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester

     
 

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Three decades after a major country is quarantined in hopes of containing a lethal and highly contagious virus nicknamed "Reaper," signs that the super-bug has resurfaced in a major city prompt desperate specialists to race back into the infected zone to find a cure in director Neil Marshall's (The Descent…  See more details below

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Three decades after a major country is quarantined in hopes of containing a lethal and highly contagious virus nicknamed "Reaper," signs that the super-bug has resurfaced in a major city prompt desperate specialists to race back into the infected zone to find a cure in director Neil Marshall's (The Descent) miasmic speculative sci-fi thriller. Few could have foreseen the terror that the microorganism known as "Reaper" would unleash upon the unsuspecting population, and when terrified authorities quarantined the entire country in hopes of saving the human race, the streets immediately descended into chaos. Thirty years later, the inhabitants of planet Earth think that they've seen the last of the merciless killer disease, but they couldn't be more wrong. When "Reaper" reappears more powerful than ever in a major city, an elite group of professionals led by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) are forced to travel back into the sealed-off country where the virus first broke out in order to create a cure and save humankind from certain doom. Now, as the rest of the world anxiously awaits word of their ultimate fate, Eden and her brave team are about to find out that there is indeed a hell, and they are about to journey directly into its black, envenomed heart. Also in the cast are Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell, as well as a host of veterans from Marshall's past productions, including Sean Pertwee, MyAnna Buring, Craig Conway, and Nora-Jane Noone.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Manly cult cinema gets cooked up in a casserole of ultra-violent goodness in Doomsday, a revved-up, pedal-to-the-metal flick that's sure to strike a bull's eye into the hearts of early-'80s action enthusiasts everywhere. Take one part Escape From New York, one part Vestron Video medieval romp, and a heavy dose of The Road Warrior, and that's Doomsday in a post-apocalyptic piecrust. While to some, the recipe might stink of ridiculous rehash, it's that exact reason that'll drive others to eventually hoist this sucker onto their shelves right next to The Bronx Warriors or Raiders of Atlantis -- satisfied in knowing that they're not alone in their love for tough characters doing tough stuff in tough, time-is-of-the-essence situations. That's not to say that the picture is without its flaws -- far from it. After the stunning achievement of The Descent, many would have expected something superiorly different from what director Neil Marshall delivers here. Akin to a kid playing in a sandbox, the filmmaker toys with many of his favorite genre milestones and mashes them together with the grace of a technically proficient gorilla. The result is a highly entertaining -- yet slightly sloppy -- ride through big-screen future motor mayhem as channeled through 1981's sensibilities. Whether it's Doomsday's John Carpenter-infused introduction or the George Miller bullets-on-the-blacktop chase that serves as the finale, there's little doubt that the movie's gonzo gas tank runs best when it's ceremoniously recycling such high-grade film fuel of days gone by. Unfortunately, for all its dismemberments, retro music cues, and the like, the rest of the flick can't help but feel a bit hollow. While the talent in front of the camera is undeniable (thanks to the likes of Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell), there really is not enough substance to make any of the characters truly iconic. By the time the audience is made to buy a dramatic character death leading into the third act, the moment feels artificial, begging the question as to whether it's purposeful schlock (à la Grindhouse) or just hastily thrown together (à la the Resident Evil series). While that great geek debate might live on years down the road, there's one thing that's for sure -- despite any flak it might deservedly get, Doomsday is one hellacious hoot of a great time that will successfully play time and again to the devotees of blood, bullets, and Mohawks out there in film land.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
UPC:
0025195040426
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
3:42:00
Sales rank:
13,608

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rhona Mitra Eden Sinclair
Bob Hoskins Bill Nelson
Adrian Lester Seargent Norton
Alexander Siddig John Hatcher
David O'Hara Canaris
Malcolm McDowell Kane
Craig Conway Sol
MyAnna Buring Cally
Emma Cleasby Actor
Liebenberg. Leanne Viper
Sean Pertwee Actor
Darren Morfitt Actor
Leslie Simpson Actor
Nora-Jane Noone Actor
Chris Robson Actor
Rick Warden Actor
John Carson Actor
Cokey Falkow Actor
Nathalie Boltt Actor

Technical Credits
Neil Marshall Director,Screenwriter
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Simon Bowles Production Designer
Benedict Carver Producer
Matthew Collinge Sound/Sound Designer
David Doran Art Director
Marc D. Evans Executive Producer
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson Art Director
Paul Hyett Makeup Special Effects
Andrew MacRitchie Editor
Trevor Macy Executive Producer
Derek Mansvelt Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Mcaleese Executive Producer
Sam McCurdy Cinematographer
John Norster Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Paul Producer
Jack Ravenscroft Asst. Director
John Trafford Art Director
Jeremy Zimmermann Casting

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Scene Index

Reaper virus files; Tech specs; Pciture in picture

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Doomsday 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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I enjoyed this movie because it wasn't scary looking zombies chasing them (just scary looking punks). But I did think that it was a little far-fetched with the cars. I believe that after 25 years they would have used up the gas avaliable for them. The story had a great thing going for it, but I feel like it went in some odd directions that I didn't quite follow. Other than that I think the majority of people will like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This flamboyant, over-the-top, violent thriller hearkens back to the day of Mad Max fame or infamy as an elite squad of professionals killers trample a disease-infected camp after a virus has been unleashed. Plenty of blood was spilled in this film, and it did not pretend to be gratuitousness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It must be said the Doomsday would not exist were it not for three films that came before it: Escape From New York, The Road Warrior, and 28 Days Later. These are the obvious touchstones for this rock'em sock 'em, no holds barred orgy of blood, guts, and mayhem. And that's a beautiful thing! Marshall has once again created a totally entertaining gore soaked opera of violence and silliness that other directors haven't had the creativity or intestinal fortitude to produce. It's an insanely fun way to spend a friday night. And Craig Conway as Sol is possibly one of the best post- apcolyptic manics in film history!
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