Doomsday (2008)

Doomsday (2008) — This is a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid movie… and I fucking dig the hell out of it.  Neil Marshall, director of the very good The Descent, basically opted to take Mad Max, 28 Days Later, Escape From New York, Excalibur, The Omega Man, The Warriors, Gladiator, and a bunch of 80s sci fi action movies and throw them all in a blender and just throw the results onto a movie screen. The result makes 300 look like a David Mamet play, but I love it. This is the type of movie where a roving band of cannibals wear Mohawks and mascara in a post-apocalyptic wasteland while a few miles down the road Malcom McDowell has holed up in one of Scotland’s many castles to recreate medieval life. This is the type of movie where the Prime Minister (Alexander Siddig) is a weak puppet of a ruthless schemer (David O’Hara) who figures it’s better to let half the U.K. die of plague because…. well I’m not sure why but he seems to somehow think it will be politically advantageous. Our action hero is nice-looking Brit chick Rhona Mitra (who you might remember as the woman raped by an invisible Kevin Bacon in Hollow Man) who has a weird but cool bionic eye that she can take out and record shit with and… did I mention nothing in this movie makes any kind of sense?  That’s really most of what’s awesome about it.  It’s the type of movie where a sports car that’s been in storage for over two decades runs like a dream for the climactic chase scene (which features the song “Two Tribes” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood!) and has apparently been gassed up this whole time. It’s the type of movie where people with pick-axes and swords stand a chance against dudes with machine guns. It’s the type of movie that lowers your IQ but entertains the hell out of you doing it.

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