Kinda fun but pointless
Neil Marshall had a tough act to follow after the laughs and gore of
Dog Soldiers, and the balls out claustrophobic terror of The Descent.
After two home runs like that, it wasn't going to be long before the
money men came to Marshall's door and offered him carte blanche on
making whatever the hell he wanted. So Marshall decides to direct a
script he wrote years ago that was an homage to his favorite 80's
action and sci-fi films, and relished in the budget he has been given.
Some time in the near future a nasty virus spreads throughout Britain,
melting and killing all who come into contact with it. The authorities
decide to seal off the most infected part of the country (the poor old
Highlands) and build a wall around it, sealing in the poor diseased
souls! Cut to 30 years later and the whole mess has nearly been
That is, until the virus shows up again in the slums of London. The
government are left with only one choice. Send a crack squad of
operatives back into the sealed off Glasgow, to try and track down the
mad scientist who locked himself into this dark world 30 years ago.
Lead by the mysterious and sexy one eyed Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra),
they soon discover that there are many survivors beyond the wall, and
are roaming the streets in violent gangs. Can they locate the cure in
24 hours and get out with their asses intact? You won't know unless you
watch it, fool! Once inside it doesn't take long for the sh!te to hit
the fan. Crazy punk warriors soon grab em, burn one of em alive, kill a
load more, leaving our fiesty heroine to try and figure it all out. As
I already mentioned, the film was conceived as an 'hommage' to old
school action flicks, but as it turns out, Neil marshall has basically
turfed about 15 films into a blender and set that felcher on high
power. It's basically Escape From New York -meets- Mad Max -meets- Mad
Max Beyond ThunderDrome -meets- The Warriors -meets- 28 Days Later
-meets- Underworld -meets- Aliens -meets- Resident Evil -meets-, blah,
you get the picture! I don't think there was one single original idea
knocking around in here, even the final 'twist' is straight out of
Snake Pliskins playbook! She even only has one eye! It may be one sexy
eye, but that's not the point! Now don't get me wrong, just because on
paper it sounds like a load of thieving gee scum, that doesn't mean it
ain't a fun load of thieving gee scum. The film rips along at a
breakneck pace, with non stop action and exploding heads. Yup, this one
get's pretty messy in the gore department, which is always welcome in
my brown stained book. We also get served a decent enough cast to keep
us watching the nonsense unfold. Mitra in the lead is certainly a tasty
piece of work, and Bob Hoskins as her boss is always watchable. As is
everyone's favorite ham king, Malcolm McDowell as the mad scientist, of
I can see that the majority of the audience are either going to decide
that it's a bunch of artless bollox that has already been done in the
80's, or won't have a felching clue who someone like John Carpenter
even is and just lap up the gore and car stunts. Either way, neither
group is wrong really. It's a film as artless as any of the Resident
Evil series, but has enough gore and action to stop you from wanting to
turn it off. Marshall has gone as far into 'hommage' as is humanly
possible, but where does he go from here? I'm hoping he goes back to
basics on the next one, and realises he doesn't need a massive budget
and thievery to entertain his hardcore audience.
Towards The End I Even Started Cheering! What A Guilty Pleasure!
I usually avoid blood and guts type films like the plague, but Doomsday
is a movie that makes the effort not to take its self too seriously!
There are so many hysterically campy moments in this film I was
practically jumping up and down in my seat at one point! In Doomsday,
you really want the bad guys to lose in a very big way!
This is obviously a Mad Max remake. I think it's much better with a
woman playing the role as hero. Doomsday also has more complexity.
There's three sets of different types of bad guys. And a lot more is at
stake this time, its not just the main characters' lives!
Sure, I could do without some of the gruesome violence, the reason for
9 stars instead of 10. But I have quick reflexes, and I don't hesitate
to close my eyes when the need arises. A good habit to have these days
when going to the movies! But unlike so many, many movies, the violence
does not ruin the story! You really end-up caring about the good guys!
You don't have any mixed feelings. This is a black and white world!
Stupid, cruel and narrow minded villains - get the hell out of the way!.