Dave White
Doomsday Review

Dave's Rating:


Does it suck? Sorta. Is that awesome? Absolutely.

Who's In It: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, David O'Hara, Adrian Lester, Malcolm McDowell

The Basics: A virus takes over Scotland, and British authorities simply quarantine the country, leaving the population to die. Except they don't all die. The survivors simply revert back to 1985 ideas of what a postapocalyptic world would be like, which is a pretty stylish move on their part, you have to admit. They all get purple mohawks and elaborate face paint and begin attacking each other with clubs and maces. When outsiders come back into the isolated zone in order to steal a survivor and find a cure for the virus, everything goes nuts.

What's the Deal: Name something you want in an ultraviolent action thriller and this movie delivers it. Impalement, decapitation, decapitated heads being affixed back onto bodies only to then take arrows through the skull and fall off again, motorcycles decorated with human skeletons, cannibalism, exploding bunnies, insane car chases, wacky costumes, incomprehensible editing, an indestructible a hot chick heroine (Rhona Mitra, who looks like what would happen if Kate Beckinsale and Victoria Beckham had a baby that was the Terminator) whose hotness grows in tandem with the number of people she mows down in the name of truth. Does it suck? Sorta. Is that awesome? Absolutely. In terms of sheer excitement, it's the best movie of 2008.

What Movies It Shamelessly Rips Off: Mad Max, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, In the Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Children of Men, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Escape From New York, Death Proof and Spice World.

Where It Comes From: Neil Marshall, writer-director of The Descent, a critically acclaimed horror film that was such a big hit that he was then allowed, it seems, to do anything he wanted for his next film. And THIS IS IT! YOW!

Product Placement Dollars Well-Spent: Bentley gets a lot of bang for their buck in this movie as the main heroine lady drives it all over the bad people and through exploding buses and stuff — even backwards — in scenes that look like they were shot to mimic every luxury car commercial ever made.


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