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Three decades after a major country is quarantined in hopes of containing a lethal and highly contagious virus nicknamed "Reaper," signs that the super-bug has resurfaced in a major city prompt desperate specialists to race back into the infected zone to find a cure in director Neil Marshall's (The Descent) miasmic speculative sci-fi thriller. Few could have foreseen the terror that the microorganism known as "Reaper" would unleash upon the unsuspecting population, and when terrified authorities quarantined the entire country in hopes of saving the human race, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Marshall's adrenalin-fuelled skill and enthusiasm propel the action forward with reckless abandon."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"I still believe with all my heart that no movie with real car stunts, a tough-chick hero, and a severed head that thunks directly into the camera can be all bad. But this is pushing it."
‑ Jim Ridley, Village Voice
"...a Whitman's sampler of bizarre story ideas and visual gimmicks, congealing around a premise that is so straightforward that it affords them no groundwork for stability or realization."
‑ David Keyes,
"As it slogs through one hectic yet mundane set pieces after another, the film slowly drowns in its own pool of clichés."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"A bit like a medley of greatest hits performed by a hot, young talent who brings a new vocal inflection to the tired, old standards."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Marshall's mash note to '80s postapocalyptic action-adventures re-creates the era's trashy pleasures with such scrupulous fidelity -- and distinct lack of irony -- that you'd swear the movie was unearthed from the ruins of a Times Square grind house."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Most fantasy-action films blow their budgets in the first half-hour, and limp home with their makeup smeared. Doomsday is unusually patient, smartly saving most of its fireworks for the later innings."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"I somehow ended up admiring "Doomsday" for being the most unapologetically ridiculously, preposterous action movie I've ever seen."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"One's enjoyment of Doomsday might stem from how much one admires a blatant homage to the 1980s."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Doomsday possède définitivement toutes les caractéristiques d'un film culte en devenir, même si celles-ci nous laissent toujours en tête une curieuse impression de déjà vu."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"[Director] Marshall cribs whole sections from other movies (Aliens and The Road Warrior, most blatantly) so baldly that you have to wonder how he'd like it if someone ripped off The Descent this egregiously."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"If you can accept this farrago of nonsense, and enjoy simulated beheadings and lopped-off hands and massive spurts and splashes of blood, this may be the movie for you."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"In terms of sheer excitement, it's the best movie of 2008."
‑ Dave White,
"Doomsday might seem novel - if you've never seen "The Road Warrior," "Aliens," "Escape from New York" or any other post-apocalyptic flick before."
‑ Christian Toto, Washington Times
"A tribute to the early 1980s anarchy actioners The Road Warrior and Escape From New York, Neil Marshall's Doomsday also blends elements from 28 Days Later for a fun and ultra-violent action-sci-fi-kinda-horror film."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
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