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Doomsday March 14, 2008
Doomsday
Studio: Rogue Pictures
Rating: R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content.

A killer virus unleashes death and destruction across the Atlantic.

Of course, the movies have a long history of sickness and disease causing all sorts of problems. In "Doomsday," a contagion called the Reaper Virus nearly wipes out the entire population of Scotland. The British government decides to seal the border, leaving the infected to die.

But 25 years later the Reaper virus resurfaces, and a commando team led by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) is sent into the devastated country to find a possible cure.

But they run into hostile survivors, who have created their own society after being abandoned by the world. And with food in short supply, the commando team is on the menu.

Eventually, Eden escapes from her captors and manages to find the scientist Kane (Malcolm McDowell). The government believes he has the cure, but he says otherwise.

Sinclair and her surviving team members try to get that word back to civilization, but plenty of obstacles remain in their path.

"Doomsday" writer and director Neil Marshall has described the movie as a tribute to the action films of his youth. I think of it as more of a rip-off. This film is all over the place.

Liberally borrowing from "Escape From New York," "Resident Evil," "28 Days Later," "Mad Max" and even "Excalibur..." the story lurches from a post apocalyptic future to medieval times and back again.

Mitra is believable as an action hero in the vein of Sigourney Weaver's "Ripley" or Linda Hamilton's "Sarah Connor." But the story surrounding her is pretty weak.

It's confusing, and the script is full of holes. The tone is inconsistent and hard to follow.

While there is plenty of action, some of it fails to rev you up. In particular the fight scenes are edited so quickly that there is no flow. Unlike the Jason Bourne movies which makes fast editing work, here it is primarily used to hide inferior choreography.

This is also exceptionally bloody and gory. This isn't a movie for the faint of heart. It's also not for you if a solid story with understandable motives and a logical ending are important.

On my rating scale, "Doomsday" earns a Single.


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