Thursday, May 19, 2016

All The Fine Young Scottish Cannibals vs. Rhona Mitra, Or Thoughts on Doomsday

 Doomsday (2008) is confusing dystopian genre mishmash that starts out as 28 Days Later (2002), turns into Escape From New York (1981), morphs into Excalibur (1981) and then somehow ends up as The Road Warrior (1981, or let’s say Mad Max Fury Road, 2015 so we can have a movie not from 1981).  Written and Directed by Neil Marshall of Dog Soldiers (2002) and The Descent (2005), it’s an overly complicated journey concerning a zombie rage virus in Glasgow that results in a quarantine and a giant wall separating Scotland and England. 
One of my favorite actors Rhona Mitra stars as Major Eden Sinclair, complete with a badass Snake Plissken eye patch (she also has a cybernetic eye complete with targeting system) who infiltrates Scotland to find the elusive Doctor Kane who may have the cure, played by master thespian and professional loony Malcom McDowall.  Scotland has degenerated into a feudal society populated by the aforementioned Mad Max berserkers and, (because it’s Scotland I guess), knights in armor.
But let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see tattooed cannibal tribes with improvised melee weapons in outfits that would make Vernon Wells proud, living in downtown Glasgow and partying to Adam and the Ants, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the Fine Young Cannibals?  Doomsday is rated R with plenty of good old-fashioned nudity, profanity and violence and suffers for once from an abundance of plot.   It’s like the highlight reel from a trilogy, with two completely different movies in tone and pacing, once Major Sinclair arrives at the castle, followed by a Fury Road car chase back to the wall.

With Cockney acting legend Bob Hoskins in one of his last roles, and Alexander SIddig from Deep Space Nine and Game of Thrones as the Prime Minister.