Doomsday

2008

Doomsday

Critics Consensus

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

51%

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Total Count: 72

44%

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User Ratings: 84,753
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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Official
Rick Warden
as Chandler
Les Simpson
as Carpenter
Axelle Carolyn
as Drop Dead Girl/Podium Marauder No. 1
Benedict Carver
as Podium Marauder No. 2
Cal Macaninch
as Chancellor Falco
Martin Ball
as DDS Guard
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Critic Reviews for Doomsday

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (13)

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

    Nov 24, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • [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.

    Mar 19, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 18, 2008
  • 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.

    Mar 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 17, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Much as one might admire the British health care system as presented in the documentary Sicko, even Michael Moore would have to admit they have a hard time over there coping with apocalyptic viruses.

    Mar 17, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4

    Jan Stuart

    Newsday
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Doomsday

  • Apr 12, 2016
    I enjoyed it more than I thought I would even though the old virus story has been done before, It's basically 28 Days Later and Mad Max mixed, It had a chance to be different to the rest of its type but chose to go with action and gore, A few silly scenes ruined it but the action was ok, Predictable at times and not greatly acted but it's pretty fun in places, Could of been worse, Could of been better.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2015
    A deadly virus appeared in Scotland killing millions. UK government had no choice but to completely isolate Scotland by destroying all access points and leaving the inhabitants to die. A little Scottish girl was rescued before the final quarantine, 27 years later, she became a top soldier. The deadly virus appeared in UK once again, it is up to a team of experts to go inside Scotland to find a cure, or die trying. Possibly one of the weakest Marshall films. He drew his influence from many science fiction films such as Mad Max, 28 Days Later, Omegaman, etc. Some parts worked well, some parts didn't. I enjoyed the fights and costumes but to see Scottish people regress to Feudal society was a bit silly. I like how realistic (in terms of the setting of the film) it was but it failed to present a well sounded narrative.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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 C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2012
    Road Warrior meets Escape From New York in the apocalyptic action film Doomsday. When survives of an apocalyptic virus are discovered in Glasgow after Scotland had been quarantined, a special ops team is sent in to recover the cure. Rhona Mitra gives a strong performance as the lead, and is supported by Malcolm McDowell and Bob Hoskins. The dark, gritty visual style really works for the film and enhances the high-adrenaline action. The story is rather bizarre and isn't particularly well told, but it has some fascinating ideas and concepts. However, at its core Doomsday is a guilty pleasure film that delivers exciting and gratuitous action that's a lot of fun to watch.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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