Doomsday – Not Just a Clever Title

The movie Doomsday is about a virus that wipes out all of Scotland.  I’m not really inspired to write much about it because I didn’t like the movie.  I can’t even think of anyone I know who would.  I wasn’t bored at the theater, but you couldn’t pay me to watch this movie again.  First of all, it wasn’t my type of movie.  It was sci-fi and took place in the future, which is already 2 strikes against it as far as I’m concerned.  And then there was the violence.  The never-ending, non-stop, constantly gruesome and always bloody violence.  People died in any and every way you can imagine and some hopefully you can’t.  I lost count after 5 decapitations, all very graphic, and there were also scenes of people getting squished, burned alive, smashed by cars…  like I said, you name a method of torture, it was in this movie.  I was not expecting this.  I thought the movie was going be more like Outbreak, where people try to combat the virus together – I would classify that as more of a drama from what I can remember.  After seeing Doomsday, I even had a dream involving severed limbs last night…  thank goodness it wasn’t nearly as graphic or bloody as the movie…  I wouldn’t even classify it as a nightmare.  And don’t go thinking I’m some kind of weirdo – if you were exposed to almost 2 hrs. of that kind of violence, you would understand why it came across in my sleep!  But anyway, Doomsday definitely goes on my Worst Movies I’ve Seen list.  So far the list consists of:

1.  The Night Listener

2.  The Producers (2005)

3.  Doomsday

4.  The Devil’s Rejects

5.  Meet the Spartans – I’m actually going to remove this one – it doesn’t really qualify as a movie, plus I didn’t see the whole thing.  I KNEW it was going to be horrible, but my husband wanted to try it for some reason…  we lasted for about 10 mins, if that.

This list is in no particular order.  It’s really difficult to do that because they were all horrible in their own unique ways.  I liked the original Producers (1968), but I never even saw the whole remake with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick because I couldn’t get past the first scene, which is rare for me, usually I will stick it out.  The Night Listener was horrible because it was predictable and dumb, but I would much rather sit thru that movie again than be subjected to Doomsday and all the violence again…  But when I saw each of them for the first time, I was more entertained by Doomsday than by The Night Listener…  so it just depends on the movie and what you mean by worst.  But they are all worthy of being classified as the worst movies I’ve ever seen, for one reason or another, some more than others.

I was totally surprised that Doomsday ended up being so bad after seeing that movies.com gave it an “A” as a rating!  I used to have this theory that I would go opposite whatever the critics said about a movie, and I think I will have to continue that trend.  If I remember correctly, Ebert and Roeper gave Devil’s Rejects “2 Thumbs Up”.  As I said, movies.com liked Doomsday, but I think the following excerpt of their critic’s review just about says it all – I say, see this movie at your own risk, on a dare, or if for some reason you are getting paid.  Otherwise, don’t bother with it, don’t know why we did!

From movies.com:

 “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.”

NOTE FROM ME – Best movie of 2008?  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we’re only in the 3rd month!

6 thoughts on “Doomsday – Not Just a Clever Title”

  1. Meet the Spartans = this year’s Epic Movie and coming soon… Superhero Movie. We are going spoof happy in Hollywood.

  2. HOO was AWAKE during DOOMSDAY. You should get some help in choosing your movies… 😉

    That Borat blog thing seems to review movies, maybe you could check with him?? I’m not so sure I’d trust his movies either.

    I can help on Action/Adventure movies, Movies based on comic book characters, comedies, and animated. Just ask, maybe I can suggest something you haven’t seen.

  3. Needless to say, I will be staying far, far away from this one… Sounds like Resident Evil Extreme if you ask me, and I don’t even bother with the ordinary Resident Evil games/movies.

  4. That reminds me, are the Who’s from Horton the same as the Who’s from the Grinch?
    In my defense, I saw Horton in the afternoon, which is when I get sleepy, saw Doomsday at night, after the 2nd wind kicked in – besides, there was too much noise to sleep… Like I said, I don’t mind seeing bad movies, didn’t feel like I wasted my time or anything… I see lots of movies so I’m bound to get a bad one in there somewhere… did see a preview for the new Hulk movie though. What’s that about? Related to the other one – competing or sequel? The comp animation looked terrible. Hopefully they just rushed it for the preview.
    And DEREK:
    Do stay FAR away from this one – thanks for reminding me though – this movie REEKED of video game! It reminded me of Lara Croft, not that I’ve played it, but the main character looked like her, and it just totally seemed like a violent adventure / action game.

  5. Well, I don’t know and can’t find anywhere that Dr. Seuss said that the Whos were the same. In the Grinch Movie, and in the musical “Seussical” the conection is made. Both towns were named Whoville, so I guess it is up to you to decide.

  6. Excuse please Jeoberg, you a not sure if you a trust Morat’s movies? Once a Who always a Who… even Cindy Lou Who who was no more than two. And every who in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.

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