June 20th, 2014: Doomsday (2008)

Cast and Crew:    Neil Marshall (Writer/Director); Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Alexander Siddig, Sean Pertwee, Malcolm McDowell

What It’s About: When the deadly new “Reaper” virus sweeps through Scotland, the British government takes the unimaginable step of sealing off the entire region and shooting anyone who tries to make it over the wall they erect.  When the virus shows up in London thirty years later, the authorities send an elite unit over the wall to find a cure but can they survive long enough to find one and bring it back?

Why Watch it Today?:  Scotland is quarantined on June 20th.  Doomsday is a fun update of the post-apocalypse and dark future films of the early 1980s, feeling like it could be just another Italian made rip-off of Escape From New York, only with a cast of better, more attractive actors, a great soundtrack, and some pulse pounding action scenes to go along with the cheesy script and situations.

Where to Get It: Netflix or Amazon

5 comments on “June 20th, 2014: Doomsday (2008)

  1. David DeMoss says:

    Bah, humbug. Too predictable for me and mine. Too many Italian zombie movies around this household.

    • professormortis says:

      Hey, I didn’t say every movie was going to be some amazingly obscure thing. My only rules are that I like it and it links up with the day somehow-in this case, the film takes place on today’s date.

  2. geelw says:

    I liked this more than I thought I would (a good thing). Sure, it’s easy to see where most of it’s going to end up, but it does what it does well enough to hold one’s attention until the end. That and better to have a one-shot film like this than a long series or franchise that doesn’t know when to die (*cough!* Residentevil! *cough!*)… 😀

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      It’s a fun pastiche but I agree, it is good they never did a sequel. Some things really don’t need it.

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