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Doomsday

Theatrical poster
Directed by Neil Marshall
Produced by Benedict Carver
Steven Paul
Written by Neil Marshall
Starring Rhona Mitra
Bob Hoskins
Malcolm McDowell
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Sam McCurdy
Editing by Andrew MacRitchie
Neil Marshall
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) 14 March 2008 (US)
9 May 2008 (UK)
Running time 105 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget GBP 17 million[1]
Official website
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Doomsday is a 2008 British science fiction film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film takes place in a futuristic United Kingdom, that quarantined an infected Scotland which has since been presumed dead. Rhona Mitra stars as the heroine who leads a team to seek a cure in inhospitable Scotland when the virus begins to belatedly emerge in their preserved homeland in the rest of Great Britain. Marshall described Doomsday as an homage to numerous films from his childhood, including Mad Max and Escape from New York. Filming took place in Scotland and South Africa in the course of 2007. Doomsday was released on 14 March 2008 in the United States and Canada and in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2008. Neil Marshall (born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on 25 May 1970) is a film director and screenwriter. ... Rhona Mitra (born August 9, 1976) is an English actress. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... Malcolm McDowell (born 13 June 1943) is a British actor. ... Tyler Bates is a music producer for films. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... GBP may be: short for Game Boy Player the ISO currency code for the British Pound Sterling. ... 2008 in film is expected to feature another battle of the sequels, as many properties release new installments, including: Rambo, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Lost Boys: The Tribe... Science fiction film is a film genre that uses speculative, science-based depictions of imaginary phenomena such as extra-terrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, and time travel, often along with technological elements such as futuristic spacecraft, robots, or other technologies. ... Neil Marshall (born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on 25 May 1970) is a film director and screenwriter. ... Rhona Mitra (born August 9, 1976) is an English actress. ... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see Mad Max (disambiguation). ... Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction/action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Plot

In 2008, a lethal plague ("Reaper") has infected Scotland. As the country is walled off by the British government to quarantine the infected, a young girl, Eden, is amongst the last to be airlifted out. Her mother is left behind, but not before thrusting an envelope marked with their home address in to Eden's hands. In 2035, a fully-grown Eden (Rhona Mitra) is a Major in the Department of Domestic Security. The Reaper virus has broken out in London, and the Prime Minister (Alexander Siddig) orders an excursion into Scotland to locate medical researcher Dr Kane (Malcolm MacDowell), who was attempting to find a cure prior to the quarantine and whom the Prime Minister hopes has since been able to find a cure. 2035 (MMXXXV) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Rhona Mitra (born August 9, 1976) is an English actress. ... Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig El Abderahman El Mohammed Ahmed El Abdel Karim El Mahdi (Arabic: صدّيق الطاهر الفاضل الصدّيق عبدالرحمن محمد أحمد عبدالكريم المهدي; born 21 November 1965) is an English actor, also known as Siddig El Fadil and Alexander Siddig. ...


Eden is teamed with a small group comprising military personnel and two medical scientists and crosses the border in two Armoured personnel carriers. The group heads to the Glasgow hospital at which Kane was researching a cure before the quarantine was placed, but are ambushed by violent cannibalistic bandits. Eden and several others are captured and taken to the tribe's leader, Sol (Craig Conway). Eden tells him the purpose of her mission, and Sol reveals that Dr Kane had told them all that nothing remained of the world outside Scotland. The group holds a vaudeville-style show, which culminates in the cooking and eating of one of the scientists who accompanied Eden into Scotland. Eden manages to escape with the help of another prisoner, Cally (MyAnna Buring), killing Sol's girlfriend in the process. Cally reveals that she is Kane's daughter and Sol is in fact her brother and knows where to find Kane. Cally and Eden meet up with the two surviving members of Eden's team and a group of rebels associated with Cally. Armoured personnel carriers (APCs) are armoured fighting vehicles developed to transport infantry on the battlefield. ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... Cannibalism is the act or practice of eating members of the same species, e. ... MyAnna Buring is a Swedish actress best known for appearing in the 2005 horror film The Descent. ...


After being pursued by Sol's group, the rebels eventually escape Glasgow on a train from an abandoned Queen Street Station heading north to Kane's settlement in the Highlands. After disembarking from the train, they are confronted by a patrol of horsemen, who are commanded by Dr Kane. They are taken to a nearby castle, where Kane has established a neo-Feudal commune. He tells Eden that he doesn’t care about the outside world and that there is no cure for the virus. The people that are alive have survived through natural selection simply because they’re immune. Dr Kane then forces Eden to fight his best warrior in a gladiatorial style duel. Eden kills him and escapes, finding a cell phone in a cache of supplies in an old fallout shelter. Eden, Cally and one surviving member of her troop make their escape in a Bentley Continental GT also found in the shelter. Glasgow Queen Street is a railway station in Glasgow, Scotland and is the citys second main line terminus. ... Lowland-Highland divide Highland Sign with welcome in English and Gaelic The Scottish Highlands (A Ghàidhealtachd in Gaelic) include the rugged and mountainous regions of Scotland north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault. ... Peasants plowing in front of a castle, French manuscript c. ... For other uses, see Natural selection (disambiguation). ... The Bentley Continental GT is a grand tourer coupé with two doors and a 2+2 seating arrangement released in 2003, replacing the previous Rolls-Royce-based Continental R and T. // The Continental GT has a 6 L W12 engine with twin turbochargers which develops 552 hp (411 kW) at...


In England, when one of the infected infiltrates the Government's headquarters and is shot by Eden's former commander, Nelson (Bob Hoskins), while in close proximity to the Prime Minister, the PM is sprayed with blood. Rather than die of the plague, he commits suicide. His aide, Canaris (David O'Hara), reveals his plans to take over the country. Eden calls Nelson's cell phone, telling him she has what they're looking for. Canaris takes the cell phone and orders the call traced. Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... David OHara (born on 9 July 1965) is a Scottish actor. ...


Eden is followed by Sol and his bandits and a violent car chase ensues. Sol jumps into Eden's car, and is killed by decapitation when the car drives through one of the chasing vehicles. Eden meets with Canaris, telling him that because those in Scotland are immune, Cally's blood could help to find a vaccine. Canaris admits wanting to let the plague continue spreading before planning to bring the cure to the masses. Eden stays in Scotland and is visited by Nelson at her mother's house. She doesn't find her mother but finds a picture of the two. Nelson found her through the envelope, which she gave him to look after, and she lets him keep as she now has a picture to remember her mother by. She gives him a tape recording of the conversation with Canaris in order for Nelson to use it to incriminate him.


Eden travels to Sol’s gang's hideout carrying Sol’s head. After she throws it down in front of the gang, they cheer, and accept her as their leader.


Cast

  • Rhona Mitra as Eden Sinclair, the leader of the elite team sent to find a cure.[2] The heroine was inspired by the character Snake Plissken.[3] Mitra worked out and trained in fighting for eleven weeks for the film. Marshall described Mitra's character as a soldier who has been rendered cold from her military indoctrination , and her journey to find the cure for the virus is one of redemption.[4]
  • Bob Hoskins as Bill Nelson, Sinclair's police chief who nominates Sinclair for the mission and monitors her progress.
  • Malcolm McDowell as Kane, a former scientist who now lives as a feudal lord in an abandoned castle.[5] McDowell described his character as a King Lear.[6] According to Marshall, Kane is based on Kurtz from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The director originally sought to bring Sean Connery out of retirement to play Kane but was unsuccessful.[5]
  • MyAnna Buring as Cally, Kane's daughter
  • Craig Conway as Sol, the son of Kane and the leader of the Marauders
  • Alexander Siddig as John Hatcher, the British Prime Minister
  • Sean Pertwee as Dr. Sterling
  • Darren Morfitt as Dr. Talbot
  • Adrian Lester as Sergeant Norton
  • David O'Hara as Michael Canaris

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Production

Conception

The post-apocalyptic survivors in Doomsday possessed tribal characteristics like tattoos

Director Neil Marshall originally resided near the ruins of Hadrian's Wall, a Roman fortification in England that had been built to defend against Scotland's inhabitants. In 2003, the director had fantasised about what conditions would call for the Wall to be rebuilt and conceived of the threat of a lethal virus. Marshall had also visualised a mixture of medieval and futuristic elements: "I had this vision of these futuristic soldiers with high-tech weaponry and body armour and helmets—clearly from the future—facing a medieval knight on horseback." The director favoured the boundary between England and Scotland as the central setting for a rebuilt wall, finding the location more geographically plausible than the more lengthy boundary shared by the United States and Canada. Additionally, Scotland was the home to multiple castles, which would contribute to the medieval aspect of Marshall's vision.[7] Neil Marshall (born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on 25 May 1970) is a film director and screenwriter. ... Hadrians Wall is a stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of modern-day England. ...


The lethal virus in Doomsday differs from contemporary films like 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later by being an authentic plague that actually decimates the population, instead of infecting people to behave aggressively. Marshall intended the virus as the backdrop to the film's story having immune survivors scavenge for themselves and set up a primitive society. The director drew from tribal history around the world to design the society, implementing tribal characteristics like tattoos and sacrifice. Though the survivors are depicted as brutal, Marshall sought to have "shades of gray" by characterising some people within walled-off England as selfishly manipulative.[7] 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Christopher Eccleston. ... 28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, and sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later. ...


The director intended Doomsday as an homage to post-apocalyptic films from around the 1970s and 1980s, explaining, "Right from the start, I wanted my film to be an homage to these sorts of movies, and deliberately so. I wanted to make a movie for a new generation of audience that hadn't seen those movies in the cinema—hadn't seen them at all maybe—and to give them the same thrill that I got from watching them. But kind of contemporise it, pump up the action and the blood and guts." Cinematic influences on Doomsday include:[8]

  • Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985): Marshall drew inspiration from the punk style of the films and also shaped Rhona Mitra's character after Max Rockatansky as a police officer with a history.[8]
  • Escape from New York (1981): The director drew from the concepts of gang warfare and the experience of being walled-in. Rhona Mitra's character has an eye patch like the 1981 film's Snake Plissken, though the director sought to create a plot point for the eye of Mitra's character to reinforce its inclusion.[8]
  • Excalibur (1981): Marshall enjoyed John Boorman's artistry in the film and sought to include its medieval aspects in Doomsday.[8]
  • The Warriors (1979): The director enjoyed the tough and violent films of Walter Hill, including the "visual style of the gang warfare" in The Warriors.[8]
  • No Blade of Grass (1970): Marshall perceived the film as a predecessor to 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, though he sought to make Doomsday less straight-faced than the rest.[8]
  • The Omega Man (1971): The director was inspired by the "empty city" notion of the film and drew upon its dark and gritty nature.[8]
  • A Boy and His Dog (1974): Marshall create a homage to the 1974 film's ending by including a scene of cannibalism in Doomsday.[8]
  • Waterworld (1995): The director enjoyed the gritty atmosphere and how people scavenge to survive and adapt in their new world.[8]
  • Gladiator (2000): Like in Gladiator, Marshall sought to put Mitra's character through a trial by combat.[8]
  • Children of Men (2006): With the 2006 film coming out during the development of Doomsday, the director realized the similarity of the premises and sought to make his film "more bloody and more fun".[8]

Marshall also cited Metalstorm (1983),[9] Zulu (1964),[10] and works of director Terry Gilliam like The Fisher King (1991) as influences in producing Doomsday.[11] Marshall acknowledged that his creation is "so outrageous you've got to laugh". He reflected, "I do think it's going to divide audiences... I just want them to be thrilled and enthralled. I want them to be overwhelmed by the imagery they've seen. And go back and see it again."[12] For other uses, see Mad Max (disambiguation). ... Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (released in the US in 1981 as The Road Warrior) was a sequel to Mad Max. ... Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a 1985 film, the third installment to the action movie Mad Max. ... Mad Max Rockatansky is the main character from director George Millers Mad Max film trilogy, appearing in the films Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. ... Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction/action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ... S.D. Robert (Bob) Snake Plissken is a fictional character in John Carpenters films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A., played by Kurt Russell. ... Excalibur is a 1981 film which retells the legend of King Arthur. ... John Boorman (born January 18, 1933 in Shepperton, Surrey, United Kingdom), is a British filmmaker, currently based in Ireland, best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, and The General. ... The Warriors is a cult classic 1979 film directed by Walter Hill and based on the 1965 novel by Sol Yurick. ... Walter Hill (born January 10, 1942 in California) is a prominent American film director, who is known in particular for his revival of the Western. ... 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Christopher Eccleston. ... 28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, and sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later. ... The Omega Man is a 1971 science fiction thriller starring Charlton Heston. ... A Boy and His Dog is a 1975 post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by L. Q. Jones and based on the Harlan Ellison short story of the same title, which originally appeared in 1969. ... This article is about the 1995 sci-fi film. ... This article is about the 2000 film. ... For the 1992 novel by P.D. James, see The Children of Men. ... Zulu is a 1964 adventure film depicting the Battle of Rorkes Drift between the British Army and the Zulus. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... The Fisher King is a comedy-drama film made in 1991, written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Terry Gilliam. ...


Filming

Rogue Pictures signed Marshall to direct Doomsday in October 2005,[13] and in November 2006, actress Rhona Mitra was signed to star in Doomsday as the leader of the elite team.[2] Production was budgeted at £17 million,[1] an amount that was triple the combined total of Marshall's previous two films, Dog Soldiers (2002) and The Descent (2005).[12] The increase in scale was a challenge to the director, who had been accustomed to small casts and limited locations. Marshall described the broader experience: "There's fifty or more speaking parts; I'm dealing with thousands of extras, logistical action sequences, explosions, car chases—the works."[7] Rogue Pictures is a division of Focus Features, the specialty film division of Universal Studios, which is a division of NBC Universal. ... GBP redirects here. ... This article is about the 2002 film. ... For the book by Jeff Long, see The Descent (novel). ...


Production began in February 2007 in South Africa,[14] where the majority of filming took place.[1] South Africa was chosen as a primary filming location for economic reasons, costing a third of estimated production in the United Kingdom.[15] Secondary filming also took place in Scotland in the city of Glasgow and at Blackness Castle.[16] The shoot, involving thousands of extras, included a series of complex fight scenes and pyrotechnical displays.[12] The director sought to minimise the use of computer-generated elements in Doomsday, preferring to subscribe to "old-school filmmaking".[7] In the course of production, several sequences were dropped due to budgetary concerns, including a scene in which helicopter gunships attacked a medieval castle.[17] For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... Blackness Castle was a minor garrison on the Firth of Forth, but John Selzer considered it important enough to add the massive spur protecting the gate and shortened the Stern tower as a base for 3 heavy guns. ...


A massive car chase scene was filmed for Doomsday, described by Marshall to be one part Mad Max, one part Bullitt (1968), and one part "something else entirely different".[18] Marshall had seen the Aston Martin DBS V12 used in the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006) and sought to implement a similarly "sexy" car. The filmmakers purchased three new Bentleys for US$150,000 each since the car company did not do product placement.[12] The film also contains the director's trademark gore and violence from previous films, including a scene where a character is cooked alive and eaten.[9] Paul Hyett, the prosthetic make-up designer who worked on The Descent, contributed to the production, researching diseases including sexually transmitted diseases to design the make-up for victims of the Reaper virus.[19] Bullitt is a 1968 action crime mystery thriller film starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset, with Don Gordon, Robert Duvall, Carl Reindel, Felice Orlandi, Vic Tayback, Pat Renella, Paul Genge, Bill Hickman, Norman Fell and Brandy Carroll. ... This article is about the new Aston Martin DBS V12, for the classic, 1967 to 1972 GT car, see Aston Martin DBS. The Aston Martin DBS is the latest supercar to be announced by the Aston Martin and featured prominently in the James Bond film Casino Royale. ... Casino Royale (2006) is the twenty-first film in the James Bond series and the first to star Daniel Craig as MI6 agent James Bond. ... Bentleys winged B badge and hood ornament 1929 Blower Bentley from the Ralph Lauren collection. ... Wikibooks [[wikibooks:|]] has more about this subject: Marketing Product placement advertisements are promotional ads placed by marketers using real commercial products and services in media, where the presence of a particular brand is the result of an economic exchange. ... A sexually transmitted disease (STD), a. ...

Visual effects

The visual effects for Doomsday stemmed from the '80s stunt-based films, involving approximately 275 visual effects shots. While filmmakers did not seek innovative visual effects, they had to work with budget restrictions in creating set extensions. With most shots taking place in daylight, the extensions involved matte paint and 2D and 3D solutions. The visual effects crew visited Scotland to take reference photos so scenes that were filmed in Cape Town, Africa could instead have Scottish backgrounds. Several challenges for the visual effects crew involved the illustration of cow overpopulation in line with a decimated human population and the convincing creation of the rebuilt Hadrian Wall in different lights and from different distances. The most challenging visual effects shot in Doomsday was the close-up in which a main character is burned alive. The shot required multiple enhancements and implementations of burning wardrobe, burning pigskin, and smoke and fire elements to look right.[20]


Neil Marshall's car chase sequence also involved the use of visual effects. A scene in which the Bentley crashes through a bus was intended to implement pyrotechnics, but fire marshals in the South African nature reserve forbade their use due to dry conditions. A miniature mock-up was created and visual effects were applied so the filming of the mock-up would overlay the filming of the actual scene without pyrotechnics. Other visual effects that were created were the Thames flood plain and a remote Scottish castle. A popular effect with the visual effects crew was the "rabbit explosion" scene, depicting a rabbit being shot by guns on automatic sensors. The crew sought to expand the singular shot, but Neil Marshall sought to focus on one shot to emphasize its comic nature and avoid drawing unnecessary sympathy from audiences.[20]


Music

Marshall originally intended to include 1980s synth music in his film, but he found it difficult to combine the music with the intense action. Instead, composer Tyler Bates composed a score using heavy orchestra music, a change which the director applauded as "diverse and interesting".[17] The film also included songs from the bands Adam Ant, Fine Young Cannibals, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Kasabian.[21] The song "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was the only song to remain in the film from the first draft of the screenplay. "Spellbound" by Siouxsie & the Banshees was a favorite song by the director, who sought to include it. Marshall also hoped to include the song "Into The Light" by the Banshees, but it was left out due to the producer disliking it and the cost being too high to license it.[22] Synth redirects here. ... Tyler Bates is a music producer for films. ... For similar terms like Adam Adamant, Atom Ant, adamant, adamantium, etc, see Adamant (disambiguation). ... The Raw and the Cooked (1989) Fine Young Cannibals were an English band best known for its 1989 hits She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing. Formed in Birmingham, England, by vocalist Roland Gift and former The Beat members David Steele and Andy Cox. ... Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British rock band that formed in 1976. ... Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) was a UK dance-pop band that was extremely popular in the mid 1980s. ... For other uses, see Kasabian (disambiguation). ... Two Tribes is the title track of the second single by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, released in the UK by ZTT Records in May 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Spellbound is a song recorded by English rock band Siouxsie & the Banshees in 1981. ...


Release

Theatrical run

Prior to its release, Doomsday was presented at Comic-Con in July 2007 with a teaser trailer, additional footage, and teaser posters.[18] For its theatrical run, the film was originally intended to be distributed by Focus Features under Rogue Pictures, but the company transferred Doomsday among other films to Universal Studios for larger-scale distribution and marketing beginning in 2008.[23] Doomsday was commercially released on 14 March 2008 in the United States and Canada in 1,936 theatres, grossing US$4,926,565 in its opening weekend and ranking seventh in the box office. Its theatrical run in the United States and Canada lasted 28 days, ending on 10 April 2008, and having grossed US$11,008,770. Doomsday has been released in other territories, grossing US$7,059,144 to date for a worldwide total of US$18,067,914.[24] The film was released in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2008.[25] Comic-Con International is an annual comic book convention held in San Diego, California. ... Focus Features (formerly USA Films) is the art house films division of NBC Universals Universal Studios, and acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and a distributor for foreign films. ... Rogue Pictures is a division of Focus Features, the specialty film division of Universal Studios, which is a division of NBC Universal. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Critical reaction

Doomsday was not screened for critics in advance of its initial theatrical opening in the United States and Canada.[26] The film received generally negative to mixed reviews from critics. As of 14 April 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 41% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 54 reviews.[27] On Metacritic, the film rated a score of 51 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, considered "mixed or average reviews".[28] Alison Rowat of The Herald perceived Doomsday as "decidedly everyday" for a thriller, with Marshall's script having too many unanswered questions and characters not fully developed despite a decent cast. Rowat said, "In his previous films, Marshall made something out of nothing. Here he does the opposite." The critic acknowledged the attempted homages and the B-movie approach but thought that "there has to be something more".[29] Steve Pratt of The Northern Echo weighed in, "As a writer, Marshall leaves gaping holes in the plot while as a director he knows how to extract maximum punch from car chases, beatings and fights without stinting on the gore as body parts are lopped off with alarming frequency and bodies squashed to a bloody pulp."[30] Philip Key of the Liverpool Daily Post described the film, "Doomsday is a badly thought-out science fiction saga which leaves more questions than answers."[31] is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... Charles Mackintoshs Glasgow Herald building, now The Lighthouse The Herald is a national broadsheet newspaper published Monday to Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland, with an audited circulation of 71,000, making it the best-selling national Scottish broadsheet newspaper. ... The Northern Echo is a regional newspaper serving the north-east of England. ... The Liverpool Echo and Liverpool Daily Post are two newspapers published by Trinity Mirror on Merseyside in the United Kingdom. ...


Alonso Duralde of MSNBC described Doomsday: "It's ridiculous, derivative, confusingly edited and laden with gore, but it's the kind of over-the-top grindhouse epic that wears down your defenses and eventually makes you just go with it." Duralde believed that Mitra's character would have qualified as a "memorable fierce chick" if the film was not so silly.[32] David Hiltbrand of The Philadelphia Inquirer rated Doomsday at 2.5 out of 4 stars and thought that the film was better paced than most fantasy-action films, patiently building up its action scenes to the major "fireworks" where other films would normally be exhausted early on.[33] For the news website, see msnbc. ... The Philadelphia Inquirer is one of a two Knight Ridder newspaper duopoly daily for the Philadelphia area. ...


Reviewer James Berardinelli found the production of Doomsday to be a mess, complaining, "The action sequences might be more tense if they weren't obfuscated by rapid-fire editing, and the backstory is muddled and not all that interesting." Berardinelli also believed the attempted development of parallel storylines to be too much for the film, weakening the eventual payoff.[34] Dennis Harvey of Variety said Neil Marshall's "flair for visceral action" made up for Doomsday's lack of originality and that the film didn't lack a dull moment. He added, "There's no question that Doomsday does what it does with vigor, high technical prowess and just enough humor to avoid turning ridiculous." Harvey considered the conclusion relatively weak, and found the quality of the acting satisfactory for the genre, while reserving praise for the "stellar" work of the stunt personnel.[35] James Berardinelli (born September 1967, New Brunswick, New Jersey) is an online film critic. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ...


Matt Zoller Seitz of The New York Times saw Rhona Mitra's character as a mere impersonation of Snake Plissken and considered the film's major supporting characters to be "lifeless". Seitz described his discontent over the lack of innovation in the director's attempted homages of older films: "Doomsday is frenetic, loud, wildly imprecise and so derivative that it doesn’t so much seem to reference its antecedents as try on their famous images like a child playing dress-up."[36] The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... S.D. Robert (Bob) Snake Plissken is a fictional character in John Carpenters films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A., played by Kurt Russell. ...


Scottish reception

Scotland's tourism agency VisitScotland welcomed Doomsday, hoping that the film would attract tourism by marketing Scotland to the rest of the world. The country's national body for film and television, Scottish Screen, had contributed £300,000 to the production of Doomsday, which provided economic benefits for the cast and crew that dwelled in Scotland. A spokesperson from Scottish Screen anticipated, "It's likely to also attract a big audience who will see the extent to which Scotland can provide a flexible and diverse backdrop to all genres of film."[37] VisitScotland is Scotlands national tourism agency. ... Scottish Screen is the national body for film and television in Scotland, established in April 1997. ...


In contrast, several parties have expressed concern that Doomsday presents negativity in England's latent view of Scotland based on their history. Angus MacNeil, member of the Scottish National Party, said of the film's impact: "The complimentary part is that people are thinking about Scotland as we are moving more and more towards independence. But the film depicts a country that is still the plaything of London. It is decisions made in London that has led to it becoming a quarantine zone."[37] Angus Brendan MacNeil (born July 21, 1970) is the Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Na h-Eileanan an Iar. ... The Scottish National Party (SNP) (Scottish Gaelic: is a centre-left, Social democratic political party which campaigns for Scottish independence. ...


Home media

Doomsday will be the first Blu-ray title released by Universal Studios after the studio's initial support of the now-folded HD DVD format.[38] The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in the United States on July 29, 2008.[39] Blu-ray Disc (also known as Blu-ray or BD) is an optical disc storage media format. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... HD-DVD disc HD DVD (for High Density Digital Versatile Disc) is a digital optical media format which is being developed as one standard for high-definition DVD. HD DVD is similar to the competing Blu-ray Disc, which also uses the same CD sized (120 mm diameter) optical data...


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