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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 is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means possible.
A mixture of elements from all film genres is thrown into Doomsday, a gory and overly violent post apocalyptic sci-fi homage. It respectfully borrows and divides its plotline from Mad Max and Escape from New York. This intelligent mash-up of films combines to make a fun, bloody, illogical, shameless and nonsensical laughfest of a film. Just turn your brain off and enjoy it as it is.
See this, Mr Tarantino, is how to make a homage that doesn't bore the pants off people. Willfully silly and I like it for that. Extra marks for driving a Bentley through a bus and doing the Michael Bay shot at the same time.
A fine, rollicking action flick which blatantly and hilariously disregards any sense of logic and common sense in able to offer us bountiful laughs, sight gags and gore. Turn off your brain and have a good time, suckas.
It's about one part Mad Max to about ten parts Escape From New York, but thrown into Scotland instead. Kind of weird how it took a little over 20 years for the whole country to devolve into pillaging cannibal rape-gangs, although instead of being a giant prison, the walled-off area was all infected with a crippling disease. Also, these barbaric cannibal rape-gangs are extremely forward-thinking when it comes to gender equality. I think they might have even had more women than men.
My justification for liking this movie? It's fun. This isn't any of those genres it's listed as, it's an all out comedy! If you rate this movie low because it didnt live up to your post apocalyptic standings, look at it from the "so stupid it must be a joke" point. If you managed to take this movie seriously you might be one of those who needs background laughter to realise it's a joke.
So someone came up with a plot for an FPS video game and made it into a two hour movie. It's like a nerd-gasm of cliches; so in the end the only thing that really makes it watchable is to see how many more high school nerd interests they can fit into a movie. We have everything from zombies, to Mad Max, to medieval knights, to car chases. McDowell, however, is as usual stupendous. What the hell is he doing in this movie?
A rollicking good time that cribs heavily from a number of films -- the plot structure is a straight remake of Escape From NY, with elements of Aliens, 28 Days Later, The Road Warrior, and even a little bit of Fellowship and Excalibur thrown in. The good news is it feels more like a loving homage than just blatantly derivative, and all the influences come together to form something new entirely: a pure adrenaline adventure that's funny as hell.
Gory violent post apocalyptic schlock that was done better by other films. There are shades of 28 days later, road warrior, and other films here that it liberally rips off but overall it's not completely terrible. The medieval armored soldiers living in a commune is pretty campy though.