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Doomsday

Cert: 18
Contains strong violence and horror
Runtime: 1 hour 49 mins


From writer/director NEIL MARSHALL — whose first two features (The Descent and Dog Soldiers) prompted Variety to laud him as “One of Ten Directors to Watch” — comes an action-packed new thriller set in a near future where the unthinkable has become reality: DOOMSDAY.

Mankind now has an expiration date. The year is 2008, but that number matters little, as a pandemic threatens to wipe out the whole of the human race. For many in the United Kingdom — the epicenter of the outbreak — the end is nigh, so why bother to keep count?

Within days of detection of the Reaper virus—replete with open skin sores, uncontrollable bleeding and, ultimately, fatal liquefaction of internal organs—millions are infected in Scotland, the killer disease’s home turf. Government has no choice but to declare the country a “hot zone” and quarantine the populace in hopes of containing the Reaper’s spread. With military blockades on every highway, bridge and railway, all traffic in or out is halted, and a 21st-century version of Hadrian’s Wall — with reinforced, steel ramparts and remote sentry guns — is erected around Scotland’s border. Sealed off from the rest of the world, what was once Scotland is now a forgotten No Man’s Land, with the Reaper given free reign to annihilate the population sealed inside.

A quarter of a century later, with a new outbreak of the Reaper resurfacing in an overcrowded London, it becomes apparent that the government’s best laid plans have gone completely, bloody awry. Department of Domestic Security (DDS) Chief Bill Nelson (BOB HOSKINS, Hollywoodland) is summoned to meet with the prime minister (ALEXANDER SIDDIG of television’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 24) and the true power behind his office, Michael Canaris (DAVID O’HARA, The Departed), who reveal satellite photos of Reaper survivors in the hot zone.

And survivors must mean there’s a cure…

Nelson quickly assembles a crack team of specialists to venture into the forsaken land and retrieve the counteragent to the virus, once the pet project of the now presumably dead Dr. Kane (MALCOLM MCDOWELL, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, HBO’s Entourage). For the tough and efficient commanding officer, Major Eden Sinclair (RHONA MITRA, Shooter, Skinwalkers), the assignment represents a disquieting homecoming. Twenty-five years earlier, in the final moments of containment, she had been shoved into one of the last evacuating military choppers and flown to safety…forced to leave her mother behind.

Once on the other side of the immediately resecured border, the squadron—which also includes Sergeant Norton (ADRIAN LESTER, the upcoming Case 39)—is on its own, venturing into a ghoulish terrain of corpse-strewn, forlorn cities. All too soon, however, the crew meets up with a pack of feral survivors, and finds itself unwittingly standing in for the callous government that turned its back years before. Caught between two bloodthirsty factions of the Reaper’s legacy, Sinclair and her decimated squad fight to remain alive while racing to retrieve the cure…before the reborn virus ushers in the dawning of a new dark age.

Genre: Sci-Fi
UK release date: 09/05/2008
Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Alexander Siddig
Directed by: Neil Marshall
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