T500FC, 436th: Doomsday (Neil Marshall, 2008)


It could’ve been a good on paper to mix up the genre and feel of George Miller’s Mad Max and other films. And then you add a little bit of the zombie virus on the side to create a new world. Now, the thing is if you are going to mix a little bit of, let’s say medieval and other things on the side, might shake the supposed material that you have. Doomsday looked promising, it should’ve.

Basically, Doomsday is a supposedly one of those future films with a messed-up civilization. It happened when somewhere in Europe a supposed virus changed the lives of a lot of people and obviously there are the survivors on the other side. The story takes place when a group of survivors, led by Rhona Mitra, to find a cure in the area of the infected. With the group’s awareness of their team having a small possibility of surviving the investigation, they try to fight their way into the dark parts of the infected universe and try to bring back the supposed cure, and at least bring everything back to its proper place.

I know I still remember the Mad Max feel when I started watching a lot of films years ago. It was something new. It was kind of slow but you kept on waiting for something to pounce out of the screen. It was a feel good crazy adventure; of course you have to add Mel Gibson’s style of acting at that time. And it was supposedly fun, which this film definitely missed.

As I was plying myself watching the movie, I lost interest with certain parts of the film, and I don’t know why. Maybe, it was the homage that this film tried to present that didn’t pull through. Maybe, the film lacked its campy appeal that it tried to put itself in something that is definitely mainstream and it indeed up in dog muddle. Or maybe, it was not funny, which is always a sort of must for a so-called adventure film like this.

Well, basically, it seems that the movie lacked focus. It was like mixing chocolate candies, fruit candies, and coke in a bowl; we all know that they taste good individually. Everything didn’t jive.

The funny thing is that they also included the so-called virus probably to give good judgment of the situation. I know that Sam Raimi’s Army Of Darkness really worked. So, maybe the director and the scriptwriter weren’t aware of what they were doing hence a forgettable film released in 2008.

However, though this statement of mine is highly predictable, if you enjoy Rhona Mitra kicking the asses of the infected, then you might enjoy this. Or if you just want to waste a few hours of your time, then probably this film is still worth a watch.


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