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Doomsday (2007)

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"Great Britain, 2007. A deadly plague, known as the "Reaper Virus," has broken out, killing hundreds of thousands in its wake. In desperation, the British Government evacuates as many survivors as it can out of the infected area, and then builds a wall, preventing the remainder from escaping. Thirty years later, with the wall still up and the victims all but forgotten, the virus breaks out again. The Government decides to send a crack team of operatives, led by Major Eden Sinclair, into the hot zone to investigate the possibility of a cure"

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Review Date: 09 June 2008 My Rating: out of 5


Neil Marshallís latest offering was a bit disappointing wasnít it?

Doomsday sees Scotland quarantined from the rest of the UK after an outbreak of the deadly reaper virus. When the virus shows up later in England, it is revealed that some of the Scots survived. Following the logic that if there are survivors, thereís a cure, a group of hard as nails mercenaries are sent in to find it. They are confronted with a vicious gang of cannibalistic punks who donít take kindly to visitors but are thankful for the fresh meat.

The film has a neat premise and looked extremely promising but in actuality is a long drawn out series of car chases and explosions. Marshall, who hasnít previously had (nor has he needed) a big budget, obviously thought he should blow the extra cash on pyrotechnics and cool cars. This wasnít a very smart move on his part.

Sadly, the large cast spends so much time having fun in unnecessary set pieces (such as the gang members in kilts doing the can-can sequence), that the character development, which was so wonderful to watch in Marshallís previous efforts, is gone.

Credit to the director, this is a very different film for him and heís already proved his worth as a filmmaker so he no doubt seized his chance to make a fun homage to his favourite movies. Itís just a shame that he wasted such a great premise here and didnít hold it back for a more serious genre effort.

A bit of a wasted opportunity in some respects (wouldnít it have been better to have the team attacked by victims of the virus i.e. gory zombies rather than punks?), Doomsday isnít all bad, thereís great effects work, nice scenery and the costumes, props and sets are cool, itís just very OTT and cheesy rather than witty. I was wincing at some of the soundtrack choices.

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