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  • Summary: Authorities brutally quarantine a country as it succumbs to fear and chaos when a virus strikes. The literal walling-off works for three decades--until the dreaded Reaper virus violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists, captained by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra), isAuthorities brutally quarantine a country as it succumbs to fear and chaos when a virus strikes. The literal walling-off works for three decades--until the dreaded Reaper virus violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists, captained by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra), is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare. (Universal Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 75
    Marshall reveals himself to be a terrific showman of chaos and comic savagery. This is Baz Luhrmann's "Mad Max."
  2. One caveat: The film has more blood-splatter than a dozen zombie movies. If you can handle that, Doomsday's drunken mash-up of futuristic and feudal is surprisingly satisfying.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Neil Marshall's flair for visceral action more than compensates for his script's lack of conceptual novelty in Doomsday. Principally South Africa-shot tale of a post-apocalyptic Great Britain cobbles together large chunks of "Escape From New York," "The Road Warrior," "28 Days Later" and "Resident Evil," but those with a taste for revved-up, splattery fantasy thrills won't be complaining.
  4. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    50
    Marshall cribs whole sections from other movies (Aliens and The Road Warrior, most blatantly) so baldly that you have to wonder how he'd like it if someone ripped off "The Descent" this egregiously.
  5. 50
    Just to shake things up a little, I guess, the creators of the laughably over-the-top Doomsday thought it might be fun to turn the survivors of a deadly epidemic, rather than its victims, into maniacal murderers.
  6. Mitra, clad in the requisite tight, sexy outfits, conveys a suitable toughness but little in the way of personality, while such distinguished British actors as Bob Hoskins and Adrian Lester dutifully show up to collect their paychecks.
  7. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    40
    Marshall's film is crammed full of good ideas but doesn't have the cohesion to pull them all together. Less effective than "Dog Soldiers," never mind "The Descent."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 77
  2. Negative: 28 out of 77
  1. CliftonC.
    Mar 15, 2008
    10
    Anyone who went to this movie and didn't like it is just stupid. Why are you in the theater at all?? Did you see the commercial and Anyone who went to this movie and didn't like it is just stupid. Why are you in the theater at all?? Did you see the commercial and expect Dances With Wolves? The majority of us knew we were about to see a crazy action movie and that's exactly what we got! A 10 all the way. See it a hundred times then buy the unrated DVD! People who gave it a 0 should get their heads torn from their bodies with a jagged, dull, diseased sword and the firm grip of a hot, battle-hardened woman! Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 14, 2008
    9
    Fantastic homage to classics like Road Warrior and Escape from New York without losing sight of the fast-paced story. Clearly made by people Fantastic homage to classics like Road Warrior and Escape from New York without losing sight of the fast-paced story. Clearly made by people who love movies. Outstanding. Expand
  3. Anme-MarieM.
    Dec 18, 2008
    9
    Loved this film. Gory but satisfying. Mad Max meets 28 Weeks Later. Absolutely loved Rhona Mitra - she has it all over Lara Croft as posh Loved this film. Gory but satisfying. Mad Max meets 28 Weeks Later. Absolutely loved Rhona Mitra - she has it all over Lara Croft as posh birth who kicks butt. A great surprise. Expand
  4. J.B.
    Mar 16, 2008
    7
    Rodriguez and Tarantino crashed and burned with their indulgent "Grindhouse" experiment. Those were fun to watch, and for those who got it, a Rodriguez and Tarantino crashed and burned with their indulgent "Grindhouse" experiment. Those were fun to watch, and for those who got it, a great time while while the reels rolled. Totally forgettable afterward though. Marshall reaches back into a little more recent genre period - the multi-plex,midnight movie 80's - for his nostalgia trip, and I think that since he doesn't hype his experimental time trip so much, it makes it more fun to discover the genre and movie rip-offs, hommages and cinematic playing arounds than Tarantino and Rodriguez thinking they were making another flick -that they seem to have thought everybody was going to give them another pat on the back for. Marshall does his best again with little - and he handles it all, production, action, casting - likes he's been doin' it for longer and better than others with only three movies to their credit. Hollywood is scrambling to pick up foreign directors who can do a lot with a little. I think with this, you'll see Marshall's name on a bigger tentpole flick soon. Expand
  5. BobH
    Aug 28, 2008
    4
    Take "Mad Max", "28 Days Later", and "Escape From New York", remove any semblance of plot, story structure, and all the interesting Take "Mad Max", "28 Days Later", and "Escape From New York", remove any semblance of plot, story structure, and all the interesting characters. Then add a heavy dose of contrived self-parody and camp and you have "Doomsday". This movie is absolutely dreadful. Mitra, although lovely as always, fails miserably while trying to pull off a female Snake Plissken. The usually reliable Hoskins tries to do his best with the pitiful role given him but comes up dry. The main villains are wholly unconvincing, BDSM-loving, cannabilistic carbon-copy Mad Max ripoffs while Malcolm McDowell leads a group of entirely superflous and totally useless medieval side-villains. I could drone on but honestly it's too painfully bad to try and reconvey here. I'm only giving it a solid 4 for the sheer comedic value. The excessive, cartoonish, 1970s exploitation film-style violence and gore is so delightfully bad it's good and the soundtrack is so incredibly campy and inappropriate it literally made my mouth gape wide open. I think the creators of this film started off trying to make a serious, badass post-apocalyptic movie and decided to just start goofing off halfway through filming. Definitely file this in the "so bad it's good" category. Expand
  6. DavidH
    Sep 13, 2008
    2
    Very bad!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't believe this was the guy who did the descent, that is such a good film! this is terrible! awful dialogue, Very bad!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't believe this was the guy who did the descent, that is such a good film! this is terrible! awful dialogue, script, acting...EVERYTYHING! it isn't even remotely scary! and i can't believe they played that 80's song when that punk guy was on stage! what was the song again? ne one? thatscene was awful! where as in the descent it was suspensful, intense, exciting and realistic or the similar movie 28 days later, which deeply taps into our fears of 'what would we do if this happened?' thanks to it's amazing direction, making it incredibly realistic and all the more fearful! here, the best attempt at tapping itno our deepest fears is a stereotypically cheesy punk guy on stage singing some cheesy 80's song while screaming and a mosh-pit crowd! ooh, how scary-80'S CHEESY POP SONG! DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE! it will be a complete waste of your time! Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2014
    0
    In three words; Staid, Pedestrian and Mawkish. This weekend was the first opportunity I've had to see my 11-year old son in three months. ThisIn three words; Staid, Pedestrian and Mawkish. This weekend was the first opportunity I've had to see my 11-year old son in three months. This film seemed as though it could deliver but failed miserably. This is an hour and a half that I will not get back with my son. Aggressive, dull and monotonous load of junk. Whoever bothered to pump money into this rubbish must have been thrown to the ground during infancy. DO NOT WATCH THIS!!!!! Expand

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