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.
An entertaining film, but deeply flawed. Neil Marshall's weakest effort to date, but still worth checking out for genre fans.
In an apocalyptic vision of the future, authorities brutally quarantine Scotland as it succumbs to fear and chaos when a virus strikes. The literal walling-off works for three decades - until the dreaded Reaper virus violently resurfaces in London. An elite group of specialists, captained by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra), is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare. Now, 27 years after the epidemic, groups of survivors are marauding through the streets of Glasgow and the virus has surfaced outside the wall. The British P.M., John Hatcher (Alexander Siddig), and his ruthless chief advisor, Michael Canaris (David O'Hara), have decided to send a covert team into Scotland to search for a cure. On the recommendation of Chief of Police Bill Nelson (Bob Hoskins), Eden is a no-nonsense cop who was evacuated from Scotland as a child. She is told to seek out a scientist named Kane (Malcolm McDowell), who is the most likely survivor to possess the cure. Once within the containment zone, however, she finds that such a task will not be easily accomplished. There are two barbaric factions at war - one led by Kane and the other by his son, Sol (Craig Conway) - and both want Sinclair and her compatriots dead.
You can't really fault someone for having tons of ambition, but you can fault them when they have tons of great ideas and a good concept and try to throw them al together to make a new cohesive amalgamation. Similar to how American Gangster was a mixture of many previous films (a lot of them far better), the same applies here, except this one isn't quite as solid as Scott's film.
This is very stylish, and a good mixture of camp and seriousness, but there's only slight touches of substance and really sincere social commentary. That's fien with me, because unlike 28 Days Later, you pretty much learn from the trailers that you're supposed to have fun with this one. And you do, up to a point.
For a while, I sat here and thought that this was shaping up to be a very amazing and solid homage that also stands on its own. However, the weaknesses and plot hoels of the script began to show, as did the fact that a lot of this is really decent, but could be amazing if it weren't underdeveloped.
If you want a ridiculous and fun movie that (for me at least) becomes somewhat of a letdown, then check this out. I like it, and while I maintain that even with this, Marshall hasn't made a bad film yet (excluding Centurion which I haven't seen), this is his weakest film. B-.
This one is kind of a modern day mad max movie, so be prepared for old copy scenes, but still worth 4 stars.
"Oh, over here...can we make it suck?"
"Yes, Yes we can. Thank you for asking."
This movie was a mash-up of various films and concepts chewed up, partially digested and delivered to the viewer in unpalatable chunks.
Some of the "splatter" was fun to watch and I love when directors play to the cheese factor if that is what they are after, but this one just did not come together.
At the same time, there was some fun to be had here.
I love Malcolm McDowell and I love watching Rhona Mitra, but there was nowhere to go in this film.
The blood is on the wall from the very beginning and the only thing that was missing was a headstone.
2.5 stars for the fun, cheese/gore romp.
Nothing for content.
I might even subtract a few points for poor set design, crummy cinematography and costumes I could find at the Salvation Army.
Doomsday is the kind of passion project that a director usually only gets to make after he's made a critically and financially successful movie. Neil Marshall had that success with The Descent, and it seemed like he used this opportunity to take everything that was brewing in his brain and put it all into one movie, in case he never got to do something like this again.
Doomsday is true over-the-top entertainment. It's a mishmash of so much stuff, that you never know where it's going to go next. One minute, you're seeing a viral quarantine. Next, it's a futuristic military action movie. Then, you're suddenly in the midst of a post-apocalyptic circus, with dance numbers, pole dancers, a gimp, and a cooked human or two on the menu. A sword fight and a train ride later, you're in the middle of Camelot. Knights, horses, and everything. Which (naturally) leads to a car chase that wouldn't look out of place in the new Mad Max movie. It's really quite amazing to have so many different scenarios thrown at you during the course of a single movie. It's ridiculous; but it works within the context of the story.
I'll take Rhona Mitra as a sexy hard-ass over someone like Michelle Rodriguez any day. Her role is pretty one-note (all of them are, this isn't a nuanced character study by any stretch of the imagination), but she's convincing as the tough main character. The rest of the roles are filled out with a couple of known actors like Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell and a few welcome returning faces from The Descent (including the lovely Myanna Buring, who NEEDs to be in more movies).
Doomsday is about as far from The Descent in tone as you can get, but I enjoyed it the second time around even more than I remember liking it the first time. Just go with the craziness and enjoy the action. At the very least, I can promise that you won't be bored.
I guess if you like films like 28days later and weeks later and movies like that then you'll like this movie!
The acting is great with Rhona Mitra doing an excellent job, action packed, funny and a really good movie!
Its an entertaiining movie about a plague that strucks scotland so to contain it they close of scotland completely leaving the people to rot, but when a vaccine is needed they send a specilist group in to find Kane and to grab the cure but time is running out and its geting harder with cannibles and people who just want to kill all the group!
A good movie worth the watch!!