Saturday, March 15, 2008


Movie name: Doomsday
Year of release: 2008
Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, Malcolm McDowell, David O'Hara, Nora-Jane Noone, Sean Pertwee, Craig Conway, MyAnna Buring
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

Neil Marshall is back after the cult hit that was "The Descent". Whereas "The Descent" was a claustrophobic thriller, "Doomsday" clearly goes for high velocity - like watching a B-movie with more production values. Marshall wisely gets inspiration from great action films of the past, like James Cameron's "Aliens", John Carpenter's "Escape from New York", George Miller's "Mad Max" and the more recent "28 Days Later" from Danny Boyle. The film introduces us to a virus that has ravaged Scotland and left the country isolated and apparently devoid of any survivors. When the virus reappears in London, the prime minister sends a small team to try and get a possible cure in Scotland. since proof has reappeared that there are survivors and that they may hold the cure for the virus. The team led by Eden Sinclair, a resourceful Major, find that the survivors have turned the country into something quite different than it was. This brief summation of the film doesn't make it justice - the film is filled with a great mix of action and dark sense of humor. Even though not scoring in terms of originality, Neil Marshall is an intelligent director and orchestrates a thoroughly entertaining film, filled with action sets and finds in Rhona Mitra a cool and detached performer for his main character. Really worth checking out.