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Doomsday (Unrated/Rated) (2008)

Cast: Rhona Mitra, Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, more...
Director: Neil Marshall, Neil Marshall
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction , Post-Apocalypse
Running Time: 120 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Three decades after a major country is quarantined in hopes of containing a lethal and highly contagious virus nicknamed "Reaper," signs that the super-bug has resurfaced in a major city prompt desperate specialists to race back into the infected zone to find a cure in director Neil Marshall's (The Descent) miasmic speculative sci-fi thriller. Few could have foreseen the terror that the microorganism known as "Reaper" would unleash upon the unsuspecting population, and when terrified authorities quarantined the entire country in hopes of saving the human race, the streets immediately descended into chaos. Thirty years later, the inhabitants of planet Earth think that they've seen the last of the merciless killer disease, but they couldn't be more wrong. When "Reaper" reappears more powerful than ever in a major city, an elite group of professionals led by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) are forced to travel back into the sealed-off country where the virus first broke out in order to create a cure and save humankind from certain doom. Now, as the rest of the world anxiously awaits word of their ultimate fate, Eden and her brave team are about to find out that there is indeed a hell, and they are about to journey directly into its black, envenomed heart. Also in the cast are Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell, as well as a host of veterans from Marshall's past productions, including Sean Pertwee, MyAnna Buring, Craig Conway, and Nora-Jane Noone. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Save those hours for something better by mason December 3, 2008 - 10:22 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
It's actually somewhat shocking that Neil Marshall was behind this movie. "Dog Soldiers" was an original take on its premise, and "Descent", while ultimately not superb, was solid and well-made. Who knows what happened here, but it's difficult to imagine how this movie got made, except perhaps by accident. Take the worst parts of "Road Warrior", "28 Days Later", "Escape From New York", and countless others -- all enjoyable movies -- and paste them all together, and your version will undoubtedly be better than this one. The setting could have been fine, but everyone acts like an idiot, every moment is predictable (though stupider than you'd predict), and it continually builds from unbelievable to simply ludicrous during its far-too-long running time. Ultimately it's just embarrassing for everyone involved, and a pity. Hopefully Marshall will return to better things next time.

The Future: Bleak, Scary and Loads of Fun by talltale August 2, 2008 - 8:05 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
It's shocking--stupid, really--that Neil Marshall's ("Dog Soldiers," "The Descent") best and most mainstream movie so far failed to get a theatrical payoff. Did Universal not fully get behind this film? Was it a little too intelligent for mass taste? Whatever: DOOMSDAY is fast, tight, smart, wonderfully imagined, features several of the best chase and action sequences in a long while and ought to have given Rhona Mitra her breakout role. If this film doesn't bust loose on DVD, there ain't no justice. (We know there ain't; why do I keep using this worthless phrase?) The rock concert/barbecue scene alone is worth any ten of most years' "blockbuster, super-hero" shit. And Adrian Lester ("Primary Colors," "Starting Out in the Evening," "As You Like It," "Love's Labour's Lost") gives yet another terrific Boy-that-guy-was-good! Who-is-he?! performance. Aw, screw it: There AIN'T no justice.

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