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Doomsday (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 35

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

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8

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

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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

Jul 29, 2008

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

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Marshall's mash note to '80s postapocalyptic action-adventures re-creates the era's trashy pleasures with such scrupulous fidelity -- and distinct lack of irony -- that you'd swear the movie was unearthed from the ruins of a Times Square grind house.

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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[Director] Marshall cribs whole sections from other movies (Aliens and The Road Warrior, most blatantly) so baldly that you have to wonder how he'd like it if someone ripped off The Descent this egregiously.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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I still believe with all my heart that no movie with real car stunts, a tough-chick hero, and a severed head that thunks directly into the camera can be all bad. But this is pushing it.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Most fantasy-action films blow their budgets in the first half-hour, and limp home with their makeup smeared. Doomsday is unusually patient, smartly saving most of its fireworks for the later innings.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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If you can accept this farrago of nonsense, and enjoy simulated beheadings and lopped-off hands and massive spurts and splashes of blood, this may be the movie for you.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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...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.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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I somehow ended up admiring "Doomsday" for being the most unapologetically ridiculously, preposterous action movie I've ever seen.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

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

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

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

March 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

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

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Doomsday might seem novel - if you've never seen "The Road Warrior," "Aliens," "Escape from New York" or any other post-apocalyptic flick before.

August 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

A bit like a medley of greatest hits performed by a hot, young talent who brings a new vocal inflection to the tired, old standards.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

Doomsday possède définitivement toutes les caractéristiques d'un film culte en devenir, même si celles-ci nous laissent toujours en tête une curieuse impression de déjà vu.

July 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Panorama

A tribute to the early 1980s anarchy actioners The Road Warrior and Escape From New York, Neil Marshall's Doomsday also blends elements from 28 Days Later for a fun and ultra-violent action-sci-fi-kinda-horror film.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Get your Mad Max mutant-maniacs-in-monster-machines on.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

The movie doesn't disguise the fact that this is a loving homage to early 80's science fiction cult classics.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

It's a mishmash of homages to writer/director Neil Marshall's favorite B movies. That doesn't make it bad at all, though; it ends up being quite entertaining.

June 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Cinema Source

Brimming with exploitation antics, grindhouse sensibilities and, heh heh, exploding bunnies, Doomsday conjures a future thrown back to the dead-end styles and amoral excesses of the eighties - and no future could be bleaker than that.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: musicOMH.com
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spintati pseytokaltia, poy o,ti yposhetai sto dinei aplohera

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

When the film's unspooling and we're watching Rhona Mitra drive a sports car through an exploding bus, we find ourselves in movie geek heaven.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

After they blow a bunny to smithereens (aiming straight through a plot hole), I knew all bets were off.

March 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

The only thing that saves Doomsday from complete disgrace is that it knows it's trash.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

...just the umpteenth killer-virus movie of the last few years...

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

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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.
December 30, 2012
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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.
June 5, 2012
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Where to begin with this haha first of, you have a '28 Days/Weeks later' clone with almost the same flippin story line. Killer virus, England is screwed, Scotland used as quaratine zone, survivors discovered, go in and get the cure. Very predictable and with a little 'Escape from New York' throw into the bargain. Now so far its an eerie and quite decent horror/sci-fi flick, but things start to go wrong, first of, Scotland has all been left for dead and everyone has suppose to have been dead for along time (30yrs) from the killer virus, but then all of a sudden, people are found roaming around via sat shots....hmmmmm

OK, send in the elite team lead by a sexy female (Kate Beckinsale wannabe) ala 'Aliens' to get the cure from these people. Hence the now Aliens rip, a team go in being watched by a team on cam and end up in a admittedly very good shoot out with a never ending supply of nasty Scottish weirdos. The team is killed of one by one till the last few are captured, very exciting but very 'Aliens' haha one question that does stand out though is how on earth all theses hundreds of people managed to live n survive in a community like the film shows without being detected for so long?????? and how come so many are immune to the virus??? it was suppose to be a KILLER.

Anywho, from then we get a very odd 'Matrix' style 'city of Zion' setup with all the locals raving away to the 'Fine Young Cannibals' (80's gold hehe) and eating the captured soldiers, all in a very 'Mad Max/Rocky Horror' costume setup within a concert or arena. The leader of the Scottish cannibals is a direct 'Mad Max' rip of right down to his hair style. He also seems to have a '28 Days Later' or 'Resident Evil' style tat on his back which is rather similar to the toxic logo they both use...AND he has his very own gimp in rubber, much like Mad Max 2's Vernon Wells character.

NOW...from there lots happen (won't spoil) but we now end up in another part of Scotland where the locals are living back in Medival times with horses, knights and Malcolm Macdowell leading them. We now end up with 'Gladiator' style fights and gun battles, oh and a Bentley turns up to, lol! still with me?

From there, in the escape form of the Bentley we end the film with a HUGE TOTAL MASSIVE rip of 'Mad Max 2', quite a gloriously bloody and spot on rip I must say. Its actually a very cool sequence with great cars and fighting but I just cant understand how they got away with it haha its such a copy its untrue. Also, you may wonder how all these crappy cars can keep up with a modern day super Bentley haha it should wipe the floor with the cannibal carriers. After all this the film tends to end on a rather unexplained note, the heroine stays in disease infested Scotland and returns to the cannibal camp to proclaim their leader dead..why?? no sense atall.

Overall this film is really really good, very tense,exciting, bloody, gorey and has absolutely every element a film could need, they have packed in almost all sci-fi action genres into one film haha bizaare!! but it does work and its a good British film if you overlook the outrageous copying of many many classic movies, worth a look for sure.
February 9, 2012
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