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Doomsday

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I watched writer/director Neil Marshall's prior film, The Descent, with some trepidation but was blown away by how interesting—and scary—his rather indie-looking horror film was. That alone was enough to get me to watch Doomsday.

In 2008, a deadly virus rips through Scotland, so the government walls up the country leaving all inhabitants there to die. Decades later, the disease resurfaces and a Special Forces team must venture into the quarantined area to retrieve a possible cure from newly found survivors. But, uh oh. The number of survivors is much larger than expected, they've formed some sort of neo-punk gang and they are ready to kill.

This is not the type of movie you recommend to your film connoisseur friends, but it is a whole lot of fun.

The outstanding cast features Rhona Mitra (Shooter), Bob Hoskins (Unleashed), Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space 9), David O'Hara (Braveheart) and Malcolm McDowell (Halloween). It crosses genres like crazy, combining political drama, futuristic sci-fi, post-apocalyptic Mad Max-ish violence, medieval swordplay and even random dramatic and comedic moments. It's all over the board, yet is somehow still rather ridiculous fun. And it's great to see a woman (Mitra) in a lead action role, which in the '80s or '90s would've been filled by a Schwarzenegger or Stallone.

Anyone who can handle the randomness and the violence should find a lot to like in this roller coaster ride. And watch out for Marshall's future films; I daresay they'll be interesting.

This video courtesy of Hollywood Video, 590 Broadway Ave., 208-342-6117.

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