Doomsday

Doomsday

Neil Marshall (2008)

112min
18 Certificate
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Director Neil Marshall's third film (after Dog Soldiers and The Descent) is a muscular melange of Escape from New York, Mad Max and apocalyptic plague movies like I Am Legend. Following the outbreak of the deadly Reaper virus north of the border, Scotland is walled up and the population left to die. But decades later, the disease returns to threaten London. Enter hard-case heroine Rhona Mitra who's assigned to enter the quarantined dead zone with a crack team of specialists to seek a cure. But who or what is waiting for them... With a larger budget ($30 million) than before, Marshall has put together a convincing end-of-the-world action horror that benefits from breathtaking stunts, grisly splatter and eye-catching performances from Bob Hoskins, Malcolm McDowell and David O'Hara (playing an icy mover and shaker at the heart of government). However, by trying to weave in so many of his movie influences (The Warriors and Aliens, among others), the director fails to stay in control of his narrative or develop his characters beyond the functional. It's a pity, because there are plenty of well-edited, well-shot sequences that could have made Doomsday a must-see blockbuster.

Summary

When Scotland is ravaged by a lethal virus, the British government seals it off from the rest of the world, leaving the population to die. However, years later, the disease re-emerges in London. Highly trained soldiers are dispatched in the hope of finding a cure after discovering there are survivors north of the border - only to end up battling vicious cannibal tribes. Futuristic thriller, starring Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell.

Cast & Crew

Eden Sinclair Rhona Mitra
Kane Malcolm McDowell
Bill Nelson Bob Hoskins
Norton Adrian Lester
Michael Canaris David O'Hara
John Hatcher Alexander Siddig
Dr Talbot Sean Pertwee
Dr Ben Stirling Darren Morfitt
Sol Craig Conway
Read Norah-Jane Noone
Katherine Sinclair Emma Cleasby
Cally MyAnna Buring
Chancellor Falco Cal Macaninch
Director Neil Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 May 2008
Drama