The world mercilessly quarantines the entire country of Scotland as fear and
chaos breakout over a deadly virus. In the vein of John Carpenter's New York, the entire country is walled off and aloud to implode on itself. Three decades later the virus appears now in England. The government panics but not before satellites pick up survivors in Scotland. If there are survivors there must be a cure. An elite team of soldiers are sent into the quarantined country to bring back a cure before the entire world turns on itself.
This was a very ambitious film for Neil Marshall(The Decent, Dog Soldiers). His previous films are small and controlled. He took an element such as a cave or in Dog Soldiers a cabin and basically revolved his entire film, story, and characters around this environment. In Doomsday Marshal has created an entire apocalyptic world from wall to wall, ocean to ocean.
I loved Marshal's previous two films. Actually they rank up in my top twenty list. I saw the Decent at least 8 times in the theater...ha...I couldn't get enough.
When the Doomsday trailer was released I got a couple emails telling me my boy has sold out or slipped down the bank. I watch the trailer and could relate to their judgments. The trailer shows a mash of 28 Days Later, Escape From New York, and Road Warrior. I would be lying to you if I told you the movie was any different.
Although Doomsday borrows from the previous classics it does no disservice to the genre. Neil Marshall adds his own spin and takes on many of the old films he obviously loves. His camera and direction are solid and his vision ambitious enough to keep you entertained.
The movie's story plays out like a video game. The plot is fast paced and in your face. Never really stopping for air, jumping from one mission, enemy, and environment to another. Seriously...it felt like I was watching a video game. The story would slip through between action scenes with just enough time to rest your thumbs, eyes, and maybe run to the bathroom before the next stage of combat begins.
If to nod any technical achievement I think it would editing. Whoever the editor was had a hell of a job and he comes through with a bang, slash, and cut. Cutting at just the right moments, showing just enough, and keeping the pace beautifully.
The gore flowed like milk and honey but was never "shout out in your seat" or over the top. A burning alive and shotgun to the face is about all that raises the bar, everything else melts in with the action and is quickly forgotten.
I loved the combat suits the elite military team wore going into the war zone.
I loved the lead actress.
The cool thing about Neil Marshal is that he keeps a lot of his actors for every movie. I loved picking out all his previous talent. They are littered throughout.
Despite the low rating I enjoyed this movie. I appreciate what was attempted and even more so what was accomplished.
Neil Marshall started this fire and I will gladly burn in it.