Doomsday Book (2012)
Doomsday Book (2012)
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Doomsday Book strives to make you think and contemplate the current state, future, and definition of humanity rather than being straightforward and the flat out entertainment that you may be used to.
What impresses most is the consistent, clear tone and vision throughout; the comedy never up-ends the thoughtful elements, nor the other way around. Balance is key, and as such, Doomsday Book is well worth the long wait.
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Both Kim Ji-woon and Yim Pil-Sung tackle human destruction in Doomsday Book.Filmed as 3 shorts, each running roughly 35-40 minutes, Doomsday Book lives outside of the box. Yim Pil-Sung goes zombies with the first piece, Brave New World. The story is pretty straightforward and is laced with humor and some stylization, rather than focusing on the bloody carnage of a zombie horde.Kim Ji-woon's Heavenly Creature pulls back on the reigns and moves at a slower pace. With a more futuristic setting and a major robot character, this piece is visually pleasing and has the opportunity to be expanded on.Yim Pil-Sung ends things with Happy Birthday, which contains the most laughs thanks to its absurd and over the top storyline.There are amusing performances all around with some noticeable faces, such as Ryu Seong-beom and Bae Doona each having their own short to play with.Doomsday Book may not be as serious as its title may sound, but viewing the three chapters of this collection isn't regrettable.
I saw this at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival. It is like three movies for the price of one. Pil-Sung Yim directs the first and third parts. Jee-woon Kim directs the middle portion. First, In a Brave New World, a nerdy guy is set up on a date with a gorgeous girl and somehow sets in motion a zombie apocalypse. It is more disturbing in showing cattle slaughter than in showing humans degenerate into zombies. Yet, it is funnier overall especially because we are shown how similar, and at times ridiculous, South Korea's 24 hour news cycle is. Second, The Heavenly Creature is more appropriately meditative as a robot achieves enlightenment. This is a threat to some outsiders and inspiring to many of the monks. It reminded me of a play I read recently called R.U.R. and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 2, episode 9 - The Measure of a Man). Can a robot be aware and sentient? Finally, Happy Birthday, has an absurd story of an 8 ball hurtling toward Earth and follows one family in particular, who tries to survive in an underground bunker. The little girl, who ages from like 5 to 20, may be responsible. Her goofy computer programmer uncle tries to help, but her parents are pretty clueless. Again it is funnier than I expected.
Doomsday Book is three short films all with interesting ideas and unique in their own version of the end of the world. Breaking boundaries and avoiding conventions of films focusing on the end of the world, Doomsday Book is the most pleasant surprise of 2012.
First Chapter: "The New Generation" is told from the point of view of a boy who has become a zombie, this segment explores how humans lose control of planet Earth, becoming mere food for a different species. This is was the probably the weakest of the three short films as it doesn't the same level of enjoyment or thought provoking ideas. We've seen zombies taking over Earth and it's no different here with some interesting ideas that never fully take shape. It also cuts to new broadcast for a long duration before returning the actual plot which took will remind you you're watching a movie in a negative. This does have some charming charming characters and some good humor. Not the best way to start a film, but it is solid overall even if it doesn't reach the height it could have had.
Second Chapter: "Heavenâ(TM)s Creation" is story about a robot who gains consciousness and the absurdity that follows. This is the best of the three short films as it is a great thought provoking experience. While our robot did learn Buddhism this short film makes us question if a conscious robot is more than just a machine. Just like the first short film it has news broadcast which are more effective here. It expands on it ideas intellectually over visuals. This short film is also the most relatable to us with technology constantly evolving it makes me wonder if the population would prefer humanoid mates over humans. The effects are good balancing the right amount of CGI with an actual robot model to never make just feel like a CGI robot. The ideas express in this short film are engaging are they are thought provoking.
Third Chapter: "Happy Birthday" re-interprets the beautiful love story âThe Christmas Giftâ? by O Henry, this project confronts the basic instincts of a woman and her last chance to survive after witnessing the end of the world. The plot is most absurd doomsday scenario I ever seen and I loved it. How often do you see a film where the world is going to get hit by a giant meteor size eight-ball which a little girl order of the internet for twenty five cents. It's completely absurd in the most enjoyable way having great human and stands out because it is not a serious depiction of the end of the word. It's hilarious and the most fun you could watch seeing the world end in the most absurd and hilarious way possible.
Doomsday Book is worth checking out as all three films are well made and has something for every kind of viewer. It's serious, thought provoking, funny, and most importantly a film that takes a different to the doomsday scenario.
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