Neil Marshall is one of the most peculiar and distinctive proper names of the modern fantastic. From his revelation in the brutal ‘The descent’ to the recently released and highly popular ‘La guarida’, going through that wonder that was the uncut version of ‘Hellboy’ from 2019. This ‘doomsday‘ tried to be a leap, after his first films, to higher and more ambitious budgets in 2008. The result you can check it in the newcomer to our panorama of SkyShowtime platforms.
On this occasion, Marshall set aside action movies with horror elements to launch into a future with apocalyptic overtones. At the turn of the century, a pandemic has wiped out hundreds of thousands of people. The British government evacuates the survivors and surrounds the affected area with a wall to prevent the escape of the infected. Thirty years later the virus reappears and the government sends a team of specialists to the area to obtain a vaccine.
What they find is a feral and savage society that is surviving under the law of the fittest, through tribalism and punk vehicles à la Mad Max. A frenzy of fighting and chasing to save humanity from a deadly plague led by an excellent Rhona Mitra as her action hero. The cast is completed by two icons of British cinema such as Malcolm McDowell and Bob Hoskins.
‘Doomsday’ was to be the start of a trilogy of post-apocalyptic movies, but it didn’t do well at the box office. Marshall remained undaunted and has given us piece after piece of scoundrel and extreme fantasy cinema where, as in this ‘Doomsday’, the one-piece characters, cutting dialogues and blisteringly paced action sequences shine.