Sunday, March 16, 2008

Movie Review - Doomsday

It has been said many times that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that is indeed true, than there are a whole bunch of films that should be flattered by Neil Marshall's Doomsday. I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic action flicks and you can easily tell that Marshall was inspired by the best - the Mad Max movies, Escape from New York, Resident Evil, 28 Days Later, and many others. Too much so. The film has all the elements but comes up just short combining them into one unique package.

Doomsday stars the stunning Rhona Mitra as Eden Sinclair, and for the record, watching her for 105 minutes is alone worth the price of admission. Sinclair is a character with franchise potential, much like Milla "the Zombie Killa" Jovovich's Alice and Kate Beckinsale's Selene. Craig Conway and stuntwoman Lee-Anne Liebenberg bring much life to the party as Sol and Viper, and there is a host of familiar cameos as well, but in the end the script and dialog just isn't up to their talents.

Despite its flaws, Doomsday is a fun ride once it gets going. After a slow start, Marshall keeps the action going until the very end. The last scene (no spoilers) is one of the most intriguing in the entire movie. In fact, it definitely left me wanting a sequel. I actually hope that Marshall and co. get a chance to bring us life after Doomsday. It has potential to tread new ground and bring this material up to the level as the films that inspired it.

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