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A futuristic action thriller where a team of people work to prevent a disaster threatening the future of the human race.

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A lethal virus spreads throughout Scotland, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands. To contain the threat, acting authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The quarantine is successful. Three decades later, the Reaper virus violently resurfaces in London. An elite group of specialists, including Eden Sinclair, is urgently dispatched into Scotland to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare. Written by Nicolettea

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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£311,383 (UK) (9 May 2008)

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£944,521 (UK) (23 May 2008)
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Since some of the filming took place in South Africa, the registration numbers on the helicopters read "ZS-...". While the helicopter used to pick Eden at the end of the movie wears this registration visibly on its tail, the helicopter on which Eden flies from London to the quarantine zone discretely wears it on its belly while showing a fictive number on its sides. See more »

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During the PM's brief, during which the contingency plan to isolate "All of London north of the river" is outlined, a map of London and the flood barrier is shown. Judging by the scale (approximately determinable by the readily recognizable kink in the Thames), the barrier only goes as far north as Hackney, and thus is isolating maybe 20-30 square miles out of the 600 or so square miles of London. See more »

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Kane: Like so many epidemics before, the loss of so many lives began with a single microscopic organism. It's human nature to seek even the smallest comfort in reason, or logic for events as catastrophic as these. But a virus doesn't choose a time or place. It doesn't hate or even care. It just happens.
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Dog Eat Dog
Written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni
Performed by Adam and the Ants
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Bloody Terrible
25 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Doomsday - A deadly viral epidemic breaks out in present day Scotland, killing a lot of people in the process. 30 years later, it happens in Britain, because viruses are like that. The powers that be decide the antidote is in the now-quarantined Scotland and send in Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) and a bunch of red-shirts to recover it.

The acting is mostly crap all around. Bob Hoskins must need money very badly. Rhona Mitra is too bland for words. She's just inhumanly cocky and wooden. There should be laws against this level of inability to act. I just plain didn't care about any of what happens. Nothing in the movie gave me a reason to care, plain and simple.

There is so much wrong with this movie I could write a paper on it. It rips off Mad Max, Aliens, 28 Days Later, Braveheart, Underworld, Resident Evil, Spartacus, The Warriors.... If there is a movie on earth that you cherish, this movie has eaten it and digested it and flushed it down the toilet. It could be brushed off as an homage, but homages are usually not supposed to be the meat of a film. There is literally not an original thought in Doomsday's head, except the heroine has a removable eye, which is gross, and pulls it in and out again as a mini camera, which is improbable. Also it's probably the only time you'll ever see gladiator combat, cannibalism, horseback riding and motor racing in the same movie unless someone does "Genghis Khan takes on NASCAR". The aforementioned combination, however awesome it may seem on paper, is g.d. retarded in execution.

Next, this movie is violent. It's very violent. I love action films, zombie films, horror films and this was too much. There's no style to it, just unending brutality. For god's sake, at least leave the bunnies and cows alone! It's fitting, if depressing, that Malcolm McDowell should appear in this because I was reminded painfully of the part in A Clockwork Orange where his character Alex is forced to watch unceasing images of appalling violent quality. It's how I felt. I felt occasionally sick. Doomsday is senselessly disgustingly and unceasingly violent. I'm dismayed that director Neil Marshall (of The Descent, which I loved) could have put his name on this with no shame. I'm giving Doomsday an F. Ugh.


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