April 6, 2009
Take the virus from 28 Days Later, add costumes from the Mad Max trilogy, hire Rhona Mitra to emulate the feminism of Silent Hill, stir in music that would not have been out of place in Urgh! A Music War, pay writer/director Neil Marshall (the auteur of The Descent and Dog Soldiers) and you get Doomsday, a seemingly plagiarized tale of Great Britain's struggle to overcome a doomsday virus. The movie is violently exciting with enough thrills to hold interest but it is difficult to classify it as original. It's a Neil Marshall film but without the smarts of his others.