The film has a somewhat promising beginning, with its chilling shots of the deserted streets of Scotland, and its representation of a government unwilling to help those in need. It also creates a disturbing portrayal of the remaining population, showing their descent from humanity into barbarity, murder and cannibalism. However, director Neil Marshall injudiciously pushes these elements of the plot to one side, making room for a monotonous string of car chases and battle sequences, hindered further by Marshall's poor dialogue read by a collection of flimsy actors, save for Bob Hoskins and Craig Conway who give fine performances.
One should not dismiss the film entirely, as the plot is interesting, and there is a handful of scenes that make the film interesting. It's just a shame that Marshall allowed his Hollywood action-flick notions to get the better of him, resulting in a film that fails to accommodate its great potential.
When I say it ventures into something unique, it's the genre mixing that Director Neil Marshall indulges in, which at first viewing divided me, but after my second viewing I realised it's a benefit, throwing in themes of futuristic action, horror, historical epic and survival movie. It's as if Marshall wanted to include everything at once and the end result is marvellous. The action is blistering and exciting, the attack on the convoy in the abandoned town is eerie and absolutely insane, attackers coming from every angle, the camerawork here captures every bit of madness. The battle with Eden and the armoured guy captured the total hotness of Rhona Mitra, who plays the hero here with smarts and wit, she is made to look like a true fighter and every single camera shot of her is sexy, like Beckinsale in Total Recall.
But, with a few British movies in recent memory there's always some aspect that tries to go American and it doesn't work well and that is the Prime Minister scenes, there's an overly dramatic tone and a lot of cheesy one liners, the soundtrack played here is too pumped and fast compared to the dialogue driven scenes, I smirked a few times as it was rather amusing, but still the rest of the movie is spectacular. I bought it out of the blue and it thrilled me from start to finish with it's all out carnage and brutal fight scenes, and I'll mention again the authority on screen by the lovely Rhona Mitra.
It's an 18 for a reason, blood spills in the gallons, injuries are displayed full on and the deaths are spectacularly violent, and it's expected seeing as Marshall directed horror masterpiece "The Descent". Some will find it's genre mashing distracting, but the tone isn't affected and it's a hell of a ride, that car chase at the end tops it all off!
Kind of Max Max meets 28 Days Later (with a bit of Duran Duran's "Wild Boys" video mixed in). Had a lot of potential, and was quite interesting and intense for the first half or so. However, became a fairly stock-standard action-adventure movie from a point.
Reasonably good action sequences.
Rhona Mitra puts in a decent performance in the lead role. (And looks very good doing so...). Other performances are nothing to write home about. Malcolm MacDowell and Bob Hoskins don't have much screen time and are only there to give the movie credibility. Hammiest performance goes to Craig Conway as Sol, the leader of the bad guys.