“Doomsday” Review

Okay, I admit I am not the biggest fan of “Mad Max” (The Road Warrior) movies. Mostly because I have not seen the movies and when I do, it’s usually cut to shit on something like SpikeTV or TBS. However, I have a thing for post-apocalyptic thrillers. Now this “thing” has been highly debated by my peers as either a passing phase in my life or a creepy obsession.
But I digress.
Doomsday, a film by Neil Marshall (who also directed the claustrophobic horror, The Descent) is a unique take on the post-apocalyptic genre. In the movie, a virus known only as the “Reaper” savages the whole part of Scotland in April of 2008. 30 years later, after the country has been sealed off and contained from most of the world, the virus hits again. This time in the main island of Britain, specifically in the heart of London. After receiving intel about survivors living in the breached off area of the UK, the British government sends in a rag-and-tag team to find a cure within the barren wasteland previously known as Scotland.

I’ll tell you right off the bat that this film has many nods to a lot of action and thriller flicks. Most notably is the Mad Max inspiration for the society of savages that rule within the inner city districts. They’ve got the aesthetics down: Spikes, gimps, severed heads, and plenty of face paint that would make a whole small car of circus clowns seethe in complete envy. Among these ruthless rebels is Sol (Craig Conway), the charismatic leader of the bunch who is a character in it of himself. His sociopathic tendencies is a strangely likable in contrast to the cold, calculus nature of Michael Canaris (David O’Hara), someone within the British government hellbent on capitalizing on the situation at hand.

The main character, Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) is a total badass hottie reminiscent of Lara Croft sans the jumping and flipping and the awkward polygons. Her side-quest of finding her long lost mother is a notable trait, but unfortunately isn’t very fleshed out. This is one of the pitfalls of the movie: Not enough explanation on some of the backstory. For instance, there are only vague references between the warring factions of Sol and his father, Dr. Marcus Kane (Gee, where I have heard of that name before?) Perhaps a prequel detailing the events within the chaos that ensued during containment?
Aside from vague plotdetails, this movie in the action department is gold. The final car chase sequence is very thrilling and has quite the creative kills in it too. Speaking of kills, this movie is bloody. REAL bloody. We have decapitations, disembowelment, cannibalism, and more decapitations. Don’t worry, as bloody as it is, it’s quite tasteful in execution (lol) unlike The Hills Have Eyes remake which was just considerably brutal.
Overall though, I think you’ll like this film if you’re into films like The Road Warrior, Escape from New York, and even 28 Days Later. Although not enough backstory was given, it’s adequately made up with loads of action, explosions, and… decapitations.
Rating: 3.5/5

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