Neil Marshall follows up his breakthrough hits DOG SOLDIERS and THE DESCENT with this Post-Apocalyptic nightmare, but unfortunately the only true nightmare is the film, itself. The Reaper virus decimates the entire population of Scotland, forcing Britain to erect an enormous steel wall around their neighboring nation in order to avoid the spread of the disease. Thirty years later, the virus resurfaces on the streets of London, and an elite team of operatives are sent into the quarantined sector in an attempt to locate any survivors that might possess a cure that can prevent the Doomsday virus from destroying the rest of the world. Marshall exhibits a complete lack of control given the picture's enormous scale. Scenes are sloppily edited together in a frantic and unorganized manner, with as many as one hundred individual shots spent in a minute's time. The film is riddled with unanswered questions and impossibilities as to why The Marauders are all in their 30's (when the disease occurred over 30 years ago), or how they were able to fashion stylized weapons and dye their fancy hair in a deserted wasteland without electricity, gas, or other necessities. DOOMSDAY also steals directly from a variety of Action and SciFi films, lifting key scenes from ALIENS, THE ROAD WARRIOR, and others with far less interest or talent. Its unintelligible plotting and stereotypical characters can't be masked by the constant flow of mindless murder and mayhem, making this over-budgeted Actioner a complete failure in nearly every regard.
If you liked DOOMSDAY, check out:
THE ROAD WARRIOR, 28 DAYS LATER, EDEN LOG.