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February 20, 2009 9:22 am


Rhona Mitra at the LA Comic Book Convention 2009

Rhona Mitra at the LA Comic Book Convention 2009

Did Doomsday even make it to theaters? Laura raved about it, so we watched it when I hung out with her. I’m all for suspension of disbelief, but that only goes so far. The plot made no sense whatsoever. It stars Rhona Mitra (I’m going to use her picture instead of a DVD cover cause the movie was forgettable and she’s hot) as an orphan turned super-commando in Britain. In this future world, a virulent disease started turning Scotland into a nation of zombies, so the UK sealed it off. That’s when Mitra was orphaned; she escaped, mom didn’t. Years later, the disease has reappeared in Britain, but satellite photos show survivors in Scotland, implying the Scots must have discovered a cure. Mitra gets sent back to find it, battling Mad Max wannabes and medieval re-enactors for the privilege. As things go along, Mitra removes more and more clothing and ends up doing most of her fighting in a black tank top.

As high camp, I’ve seen worse. The director, Neil Marshall, uses every opportunity to show exaggerated gore. The Mad Max guys are over the top, as are their sworn enemies the guys who have reverted to medieval times. Apparently everyone likes to have gladiator-style arena fights for entertainment. Or at least Neil Marshall would if the world fell apart. What makes me wonder is why he included Bob Hoskins as a pseudo- good guy? Pretty much everyone else is a ruthless bastard. Why the exception I do not know, particularly when he gets almost no screen time or much of a part of the plot.

Rhona Mitra photo by Joits used under the GFDL per licensing here.

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lula_fortune From: lula_fortune Date: February 20th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rhona Mitra has been on my crush list since I saw her Hollow Man.

However, I have not yet seen Doomsday...doesn't mean I won't!
stryper666 From: stryper666 Date: February 20th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was in the theaters for a while, as I remember the commercials.
chuckiebear From: chuckiebear Date: February 20th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That movie was super bad.

I have a great deal of hate for it ripping off the car chase scene from the Road Warrior.
synabetic From: synabetic Date: February 21st, 2009 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
The whole film was meant to be homage / near-parody / shlock and all that stuff.

So, that's why that scene is in there. Whether you licked it or now, well, like any movie: YMMV. But it's supposed to be a rip-off. :)

ETA: Licked? AHAHAHAHAHA... man, I'm tired. "Liked". Sorry.

Edited at 2009-02-21 01:45 am (UTC)
chuckiebear From: chuckiebear Date: February 21st, 2009 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
That's an interesting perspective...

What other movies did you see meshed into it?
synabetic From: synabetic Date: February 21st, 2009 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Neil Marshall said he (or is said to have) to mashed up Excalibur, Escape from New York, No Blade of Grass (or 28 Days Later, if you like), Mad Max, A Boy and His Dog, Omega Man, The Warriors, Children of Men, Metalstorm, Zulu, Gladiator...

Full info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_(film)

As a huge fan of stuff like the UK comic 2000 AD, which is a genre blender anthology thing (including the long running strip Judge Dredd-- which is a genre blender unto itself), I fell for this film hook, line and bloody sinker. But, one has to be wanting that. My lovely wife, for example, didn't like it so much, saying it was too dark and violent for darkness and violence's sake, and it didn't focus on the genres it was covering long enough (she REALLY wanted to see more of the medieval / Exclaibur bits, basically). That said, if you do watch Doomsday, it's almost imperative to see the unrated / extended cut, as the theatrical version borders on being a complete Southland Tales-ish mess.

Anyhow, that's my rather longwinded take on it. As I said before, it's not for everyone-- but to those it's intended for / directed at, it's a masterpiece of brilliant schlock cinema... and rather kick-ass, too. :)

(I think I might have reched my "/" quota for the year already!)

Edited at 2009-02-21 09:33 am (UTC)
synabetic From: synabetic Date: February 21st, 2009 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Doomsday is my favourite film of 2008. I loved it.

So there. :D
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