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Genre: Action/Thriller
Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, Alexander Siddig, Malcolm McDowell, Sean Pertwee, Rick Warden, Les Simpson
Director: Neil Marshall
Rating: M18 (Violence)
Year Made: 2008



- Anatomy of Catastrophe: Civilization on the Brink
- The Visual Effect and Wizardry of Doomsday
- Devices of Death: Guns, Gadgets and Vehicles of Destruction



Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 44 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment
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When a virus strikes, authorities brutally quarantine a country as it sccumbs to fear and chaos in the action-packed new thriller DOOMSDAY. The literal walling-off works for three decades - until the dreaded Reaper virus violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists lead by Eden Sinclair 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.


There’s a difference between paying homage to classic movies such as "Mad Max", "Escape from New York" and doing a 'stitch-and-sew' attempt at creating a post-apocalyptic thriller. Director Neil Marshall apparently had the line blurred and seems to resort to the latter with "Doomsday".

It’s Great Britain, 2008 with a mysterious reaper virus attacking Glasgow, Edinburgh, the government has to quarantine the infected by permanently building a wall to isolate them from the rest of the world. However, 25 years later the virus is back with a vengeance and the government has to send a small team of military personnel led by Major Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) to go back to the infected area to retrieve an antidote to save the country.

Neil Marshall who did the much superior "The Descent" also wrote the script offers no explanation as to why or how the reaper virus came about. Perhaps this is of no importance, we can see he is too busy indulging himself in those crazy scenes of heads being decapitated, limbs and blood splattered all over. Did I mention there are actually survivors behind the wall after all those years? In Marshall’s version, the people have all turned into cannibalism, those crazy punks wields machetes and whatever they-can-laid-their-hands on the military intruders in which the punk leader, Nol (a character who disappeared half the time and appears for the finale) believed that there’s indeed lives behind the other side of the wall.

Obviously, "Doomsday" is not a social-political movie that film students might find interest in. It’s a crazy, cat-and-mouse action thriller that consists lots of unintentional laughable moments with none of the on-screen characters worth rooting for. Take for example, when the military APC vehicles first entered through the wall and the vehicle hit a bump on the road and the camera slowly pulls back to reveal a field full of cows. The first question is why do the survivors have to resort to cannibalism when they can have piping hot medium rare steak? Is it because years of isolation have unwittingly turned them into savages? If this is insufficient to warrant a laugh, Marshall even threw in a medieval setting at the half-way mark to soften the weak plotting.

You got to experience "Doomsday" yourself for all the silliness and fortunately, Rhona Mitra (a Kate Beckinsale look-alike) is excellent as eye candy, Major Eden and she gets to hog the screen for most of the duration with her kick-ass, athletic body and she is due to appear in next year "Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans".

Anyway "Doomsday" didn’t turned out to be as smart as "28 Days Later" or as captivating as "I Am Legend", it’s a B-movie, action flick (inspired from several superior movies) disguised as an apocalyptic thriller that offers 104 minutes of mindless violence and stupidity.


The only difference between the Code 1 and Code 3 DVD is 1) Feature commentary with director Neil Marshall and cast members is missing here and 2) the cover art is different. The rest of the extras are similar though.

Anatomy of a Catastrophe: Civilization on the Brink is a typical 17 minutes featurette that touch on several aspects of the movie which includes cast/crew interviews, costume design etc.

The Visual Effects and Wizardry of Doomsday is a short 3 minutes featurette that talks about how visual effects enhance the outlook of Doomsday and include footages of how miniatures effects aid in the finale sequence of the movie.

For those interested at how the crew created those crazy weaponry and out-of-this-world vehicles, Devices of Death: Guns, Gadgets and Vehicles of Destruction is a 20 minutes featurette that will satisfy your curiosity.


Presented in 16x9, the visual and colour tones are rich in detail bordering on the darker side. The DVD comes with Dolby Digital 5.1 and impresses in the surround speakers with all the loud ambient effects and dialogue.



Review by Linus Tee


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Alliance Entertainment


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