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Doomsday (2008)



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 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
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
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Rhona Mitra
as Major Eden Sinclair
Bob Hoskins
as Bill Nelson
Adrian Lester
as Sgt. Norton
Alexander Siddig
as John Hatcher
David O'Hara
as Michael Canaris
Tahira Herold
as Dr. Talbot
Darren Morfitt
as Dr. Ben Stirling
Emma Cleasby
as Katherine Sinclair
Christine Tomlinson
as Young Eden Sinclair
Tom Fairfoot
as John Michaelson
Vernon Willemse
as David/Gimp
Paul Hyett
as Hot Dog Victim
Daniel Read
as Sergeant No.1
Stephen Hughes
as Soldier No.1/Johnson
Jason Cope
as Wall Guard
Ryan Kruger
as Soldier
Nathan Wheatley
as Patient "X"
Cecil Carter
as DDS Assault Trooper
Eloise Cupido
as Afro Girl
Lily Anderson
as Bathtub Blonde
Az Abrahams
as Pin Stripe
Cokey Falkow
as Captain Hendrix
John Carson
as George Dutton
Nathalie Boltt
as Jane Harris
Susan Danford
as Command Centre Offic...
Rick Warden
as Chandler
Les Simpson
as Carpenter
Axelle Carolyn
as Drop Dead Girl/Podiu...
Benedict Carver
as Podium Marauder No. ...
Cal Macaninch
as Chancellor Falco
Martin Ball
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

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

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


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.

John Manard

Super Reviewer



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.

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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