by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Yet another apocalyptic virus strikes the British Isles. Boy, there's a spate of those goin' around. The virus strikes in Glasgow in 2008 and, in order to contain it, the authorities in the UK quarantine Scotland by sealing it up along the old Roman frontier, closing its airports, and patrolling its sea coasts. That last one must have been no easy task, but Britannia does rule the waves, I guess. Essentially, the rest of the world goes about its normal business and leaves the Scots to live or die in lawlessness. Most die, but others survive and create various warring post-apocalyptic tribes. The tribe which rules Glasgow consists of the leftover extras from Mad Max, who spend a good deal of their time creating some highly stylized pseudo-savagery while they hold chaotic raves. The other main tribe recreates medieval life as envisioned in the tales of the Round Table, with perhaps a touch of ancient Rome added to the stew for seasoning.

In other words, after 27 years of lawlessness and savagery, Scotland is pretty much the same as it is today. Maybe better, because the bagpipes seem to be gone.

After all those years of successful containment, the deadly virus finally breaks out in London. The only way to save England from Scotland's fate is to send a team into the anarchy of Scotland to analyze why some people were immune to and survived the virus, thus facilitating a cure or a vaccine. For that team, headed by tough-chick Rhona Mitra, getting into Scotland is a simple matter. Finding what they seek is difficult. Getting out is just about impossible.

The bad news is that the film has no real heart and soul, and is just a sequence of more or less unrelated action sequences. There's the mandatory "walking through dark places with guns and flashlights" scene, the "medieval combat" scene, the "road warriors car chase" scene, and so forth. If your friends are movie geeks, you can play "spot the movie reference" with them. To begin with, you should spot Aliens, The Road Warriors, 28 Days Later, Resident Evil, The Warriors, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Escape from New York, and the complete oeuvre of Robert Rodriguez.  Plus a touch of Excalibur. There's plenty of gore and splatter virtually everywhere, almost always presented in fast cuts and accompanied with wild music to make it all seem even more hectic. The entire effort is consistently over the top. 

As any good genre entertainment should, the film contains a gratuitous nude scene. Not only is the nudity unnecessary per se, but it occurs within an entire sequence which is utterly unrelated to the main plot. A big thumb up from us to the director for not cutting it! Actually, it's a pretty cool action scene, as grisly shoot-'em-ups go. At any rate, it would not have been possible for the director to cut all the scenes in this movie which seemed stranded from the others, since the entire movie seems like a sequence of unrelated action scenes featuring a common character.

The good news is that the action sequences are actually pretty good, and mostly done with real cars and horses and stunt performers rather than CGI and miniatures. Although Doomsday seems less like a single film than like a collection of four or five separate and vaguely related shorts, those shorts are not so bad, if violent, crazed action is your bag, baby.


* widescreen anamorphic








2 James Berardinelli (of 4 stars)
38 Rotten Tomatoes  (% positive)
52 (of 100)


6.5 IMDB summary (of 10)
C+ Yahoo Movies


Box Office Mojo. It grossed $11 million on about 2000 screens.



  • Lily Anderson showed her breasts when she was killed in the bathtub.



Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


Possibly the loudest movie ever made, but the fanboys seem to like it.