Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell in a British-made movie billed as 'Mad Max'-meets-'28 Day Later' – need anymore be said?
Once again, writer/ director Neil Marshall blends b-movie plotline with science fiction, horror and action. However, unlike 2002's 'Dog Soldiers', 'Doomsday' fails to thrill or engage, instead exchanging any sharp shocks for the unbearably gruesome.
Instead of creating an atmosphere where his audience is on the edge of their seat, or at least on the verge of jumping out of it, Marshall opts for grilled live humans and decapitated heads in this futuristic tale set, for the most part, in 2035.
The film opens in April 2008 as Marshall apes Danny Boyle's fine '28 Days Later'. A mystery disease has broken out in Scotland and, in a bid to contain it, the British Government has opted to build a wall around the region and cut Scotland off from the rest of the island.
Fast-forward to 2035 and the virus has once again cropped up, this time in London. Unwilling to lose the city, the government reveals that there's a chance a cure has been found in Scotland after it notices people roaming through Glasgow on CCTV.
Bob Hoskins, a police official of some sort, enlists tough-talking female Rambo Eden Sinclair (Mitra) to lead a team into Scotland and track down a doctor (McDowell) who may have developed a cure for the disease. Needless to say, mayhem ensues as they encounter a 'Mad Max'-style cannibals in Glasgow who drink Tennents lager and wear blue 'Braveheart'-style face paint. Outside the city, another group have gone back to medieval times, suddenly finding wolfhounds, swords, steel vests, etc.
It's all very bizarre and very silly. They still have cans of lager, but no clothes? McDowell is our narrator, yet he never leaves Scotland? Needless to say all these little inaccuracies could be ignored were the plotline and actors any good. They're not. Mitra's character is under-developed and clichéd, as is Bob Hoskins foul-mouthed "bloody hell" cockney copper. As a whole the dialogue is woeful, while the movie's ending is bizarre in the extreme.
Marshall has mish-mashed together scenes from a host of movies, but to no creative avail. You'd be much better off checking out the originals.