Gruesome Apocalyptic Violence
Release Date: March 14, 2008
Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins,
Malcolm McDowell, Adrian
Lester, David O’Hara, Craig
Conway, and Alexander Siddig,
Genre: Science Fiction
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Rogue Pictures/Focus Features
Director: Neil Marshall
Executive Producer: Peter McAleese, Trevor Macy,
Marc D. Evans, Jeff Abberly,
and Julia Blackman
Producer: Steven Paul and Benedict
Writer: Neil Marshall
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Focus Features/Rogue Pictures
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A deadly virus breaks out in Glasgow, Scotland, so the British government quarantines the whole country, building a wall around it. In the chaos, a woman gets her young daughter, whose eye has been shot out, into England.
About 20 years later, the little girl is now Major Eden Stirling, a secret service agent with many talents. A frightened world has abandoned Great Britain, where poverty and crime is barely under control in the cities. When another outbreak of the deadly virus is found in London, the Prime Minister and his primary associate, a devious businessman named Canaris, show Agent Stirling and her boss that there are people in Glasgow who apparently have survived the virus. They order her to take a military team into the city to find out if a leading scientist, Marcus Kane, has discovered a cure.
In the city, the team runs into a raving band of cannibals looking like they came out of the movie ROAD WARRIOR in an obvious homage to that movie. After killing all but four members of the team, they capture Stirling and one of her men. Stirling discovers that the leader is actually the son of Dr. Kane and has imprisoned his sister. She escapes, and the sister and her other brother lead Stirling and two other members of her team to Dr. Kane, who has establish a brutal feudal kingdom in rural Scotland. There, they will learn the secret of how these people survived, but they are caught in the war between Kane and his mad cannibal son.
The story of DOOMSDAY sounds rather stupid, but the filmmakers take the material seriously, which is the key to making silly apocalyptic stories like this one work. There is lots of exciting heroic action, but the action is accompanied by extremely graphic violence, including cannibalism and gruesome decapitations. The movie also contains abundant uses of the “f” word. The worldview is basically pagan, with some humanist elements. God and religion are simply left out of the picture.
This shows the degree to which Christianity has been forcibly removed from British culture. Many filmmakers there apparently don’t even assume that, when modern civilization breaks down, there will still be a remnant of God-fearing people who will want to rebuild it. Of course, now that an increasing Muslim population in Britain is giving a bad name to organized religion, Christianity and the Bible suffer some of the blowback. On the other hand, Christianity is the only thing capable of truly stopping the violent Muslim jihad and other goofy ideologies and heresies.
This story sounds stupid, but the filmmakers take the material seriously, which is the key to making silly apocalyptic stories work. There is lots of exciting heroic action, but the action is accompanied by extremely graphic violence, including cannibalism and gruesome decapitations. The movie also contains abundant uses of the “f” word. The worldview is basically pagan, with some humanist elements. God is simply left out of the picture.