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2012 Doomsday

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2008
  • Nick Everhart
  • 99 mins
  • PG

Summary

Futuristic drama starring Cliff De Young and Dale Midkiff. As the end of the Mayan calendar approaches and the Earth is rocked by a polar shift, a disparate group is drawn towards an ancient temple in Central America.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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), Marshall loses control of his narrative and characters barely develop beyond beyond the functional. It's a pity, because there are plenty of slickly edited, well-shot sequences that could have made Doomsday a cult curio.

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Credits

Cast

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LloydCliff De Young
Dr Frank RichardsDale Midkiff
Susan ReedAmi Dolenz
SarahDanae Nason
AlexJoshua Lee

Crew

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DirectorNick Everhart

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2008-05-09
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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