Doomsday (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Doomsday is a pale imitation of previous futuristic thrillers, minus the cohesive narrative and charismatic leads.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Marshall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2008
Box Office: $11.0M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Major Eden Sinclair

as Bill Nelson

as Sgt. Norton

as John Hatcher

as Michael Canaris

as Dr. Talbot

as Dr. Ben Stirling

as Katherine Sinclair

as Young Eden Sinclair

as John Michaelson

as David/Gimp

as Hot Dog Victim

as Sergeant No.1

as Soldier No.1/Johnson

as Wall Guard

as Soldier

as Patient "X"

as DDS Assault Trooper

as Afro Girl

as Bathtub Blonde

as Pin Stripe

as Captain Hendrix

as George Dutton

as Jane Harris

as Command Centre Offic...

as Chandler

as Carpenter

as Miller

as Drop Dead Girl/Podiu...

as Podium Marauder No. ...

as Chancellor Falco

as DDS Guard
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Critic Reviews for Doomsday

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (13)

Marshall's adrenalin-fuelled skill and enthusiasm propel the action forward with reckless abandon.

Full Review… | November 24, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

...a Whitman's sampler of bizarre story ideas and visual gimmicks, congealing around a premise that is so straightforward that it affords them no groundwork for stability or realization.

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Cinemaphile.org

I somehow ended up admiring "Doomsday" for being the most unapologetically ridiculously, preposterous action movie I've ever seen.

Full Review… | August 29, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

In terms of sheer excitement, it's the best movie of 2008.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

As it slogs through one hectic yet mundane set pieces after another, the film slowly drowns in its own pool of clichés.

Full Review… | March 29, 2010
Lessons of Darkness

One's enjoyment of Doomsday might stem from how much one admires a blatant homage to the 1980s.

Full Review… | August 6, 2008
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Doomsday

½

Halfway thru this movie I realized I was having a lot of fun watching a sci-fi action movie that I thought was going to be horrible. We are talking a lot of 'road warriorish' rip off here but all in all it was a decent time.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

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The downside is not a question of whether Doomsday is an interesting or entertaining film, or both. Because it's been crafted with so much energy, style and good heartedness. The problem overall is that it lacks a cohesive narrative to support the eye popping beauty of it's surface visuals. The less exhilarating flaw however is how terribly ordinary it is. And how unremarkable it is in comparison to the numerous futuristic thrillers that it decides to borrow from. Rhona Mitra didn't help at all because her performance is simply an utterly charmless and less thrilling impression of Kate Beckinsale in Underworld. I know that it isn't a great start to the review, but the film offers plenty of reasons why it should be recommended. While incredibly stupid and wildly derivative, it is a real heart-racer of a film. Neil "Dog Soldier" Marshall's tremendously fast paced direction is an impressive and quite welcome change to his usual restrained but nevertheless amazing directorial talent. His previous films "Dog Soldiers" and "The Descent" were claustrophobic works of art. This is a rip roaring and hilarious action horror that delivers the thrills but falls at the expense of a likable heroine and developed character arcs. Marshall's previous films boasted all of the above, and their absence dissapointed me. I have always kept high expectations for him because he is one of the best directors of our time. Although Doomsday is certainly not a classic, it is also never dull. It has all of the breathtaking, explosive qualities that Hollywood films should have. That is a good thing, but it also means that the things good about it are generic. The heartbreaking downside for me was the disappearance of the flawlessness of his earlier films. As they say, you can't have too much of a good thing. I think Doomsday is a fun, messy, flawed, dark and gritty film. It has variable qualities and ideas that fit and others that don't. But it passes in terms of living up to the strength of it's convictions. It's well designed, underated, action packed and purely badass.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A bit like Mad Max 3 meets 28 days later just not as good as either of those. Really didn't understand how after being quarantined for 30 years, Scotland went back to the middle ages..... except some thugs had cars/bikes/buses. It was a bit of a mess really. Plus that whole eye thing was a load of crap.

stuartb1234
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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