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Movie Review: Doomsday

Posted in Entertainment by Stacy McMahon on October 19, 2008

So my father-in-law and I are flipping channels yesterday afternoon, and we spot something neither of us have heard of before: Doomsday. The guide listing said the magic words – extreme violence and nudity – so we decided to check it out, in spite of the 1-1/2 star rating.

After the first 45 minutes, we were scratching our heads. This movie is good!!! Sure, the super-contagious death virus sounds familiar, but it’s no small achievement to take the done-to-death ominous voiceover opening and get it onto the screen with so little cheese. And we can’t complain about Rhona Mitra in a tank top, with guns and an awesome removable/remote-control eyeball (another detail that could easily have come off seriously dumb, but didn’t)

So what about that 1-1/2 stars? Well, we both noticed it was reminding us of various other movies. A lot. First it was, jokingly, wow it’s just like 28 Days Later – is this going to be another Alien v. Hunter? Then ‘hey, this is like Escape From New York‘. Oh, now we’re in Bartertown – mutant henchmen, fire show and all. It’s at least worthwhile as a popcorn movie, and because of that I won’t spoil it for you – but let’s just say that even the awful Timeline shows up as an …inspiration later on. And I’m not the only one who noticed all the ‘homages’.

Summary: like Scary Movie, it ‘parodies’ a dozen or more examples of the sci-fi action/zombie genres, but it’s not a comedy.

Drinking Game: Pick out scenes recognizably ripped off from another movie (for example, the totally random train chase as in Resident Evil)


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  1. Clint said, on October 19, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    “Like Scary movie, but not a comedy”
    —head explodes

    Interesting review. I review a lot of low-rated movies too 🙂

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