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Doomsday (2008)

Author: Angel Genchev, Friday, 28 March 2008.

In Articles :: Movies & Animation; Propose a Second Opinion

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What\'s a perfect recipe for a postapocalyptic action movie? One cutie under the colours, a handful of bullets and 48 hours until the end of the world as we know it. The more surprising is that it\'s a British production this time, and actually they are very capable of doing it our side of the Atlantic. And it also adds that good old atmosphere of the Islands to half of the storyline, at least.

Anyway, it\'s the deadly virus once again, and I\'m not sure if that plot didn\'t become somewhat cliche already. This time, it turns Scotland into a forgotten by men and God quarantine zone and the rest of the once great Britain into some nest of crime, conflicts and unsound interests. Of course, the killer strain is not completely eradicated, so our small team of marines (lead by the chick) returns to the Highlands with a task. And a deadline.

The scenario is somewhat shallow, not much of a surprise with its main accent upon the rain of lead and subsidiary stuff, used for the same purpose. But in its existent details it\'s quite nifty and logic compared to similar productions. The underhand political dealings or the evolution of the pseudo-societies of the survivors in Scotland stand very much in their proper place. On the other hand, \"Doomsday\" reminds too much of a handful of movies from the golden archives, with the most visible parallels to the Escapes of Kurt Russell\'s. But that\'s not much of a disadvantage, it\'s an action movie.

The worst flaw of that one is the visual chaos, literally, where it throws the spectator. Sometimes, it looks like that there are twice more the frames than it should have been. \"Doomsday\" is kaleidoscopic at it\'s best, but at times the picture changes so fast, that it blurs and you lose not only the perspective, but any orientation in the events on the screen. I don\'t know, it\'s maybe the British trying to fetch up the effects, where their American or French colleagues are already several laps ahead, but the result isn\'t that good.

But anyway, \"Doomsday\" eats a bag of popcorn and gathers the fired cartridges for almost two hours easily, though it\'s not a movie to remember long. And this time, at least, the faces are different.

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