Doomsday…

As far as the story goes, Doomsday is one of the most derivative films I’ve ever seen. The whole plague thing is very reminiscent of 28 Days Later, with a few scenes robbed from Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Rhona Mitra‘s character (Eden Sinclair) was very much like Selene (Kate Beckinsale) in Underworld, with a bit of Milla Jovovich thrown in for good measure. Some of the story seemed inspired by Escape from New York and at one point I thought I was watching Mad Max II.

Probably the worst thing about the film was the product placement. If you watch the film you’ll know what I mean!

So that all sounds pretty damning, but I actually enjoyed the film. Rhona Mitra played the strong female lead really well and is soon to play Sonia in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the prequel to Underworld. Adrian Lester (from Hustle) was also pretty cool. Bob Hoskins is a legend. Several of the cast members of Dog Soldiers were present, which was cool. There are some nice scenes of Scotland, without going over the top in a Lord of the Rings style.

Maybe this film will appeal more to a British audience, due to the familiar cast and very British expletives, but it’s nice to see the writer/director Neil Marshall hasn’t gone all Hollywood and has stuck to his roots. I’m sure it would be more lucrative for him to do a Hollywood blockbuster or some Romantic Comedy drivel, but for now he hasn’t been seduced by the dark side…

Cheers

Tim…

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