Doomsday (2008)

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Neil Marshall directs Rhona Mitra, Craig Conway and Bob Hoskins in this futuristic sci-fi actioner about an anti-hero cop who has to mission into quarantined Scotland to deal with cannibal and cult tribes who have been abandoned there for decades.

Escape From New York to Aliens to Excalibur to Road Warrior. So blatantly unoriginal that it transcends its actually thievery. For viewers of the right vintage this is akin to  passing in and out of a series of cult 80s VHS classics; watching the best bits, then blacking out while someone else changes the tape and lines up the next movie’s iconic set piece. It is not perfect, some of the imagery is flat and the combat sequences are way too overedited, but it hits the sweet spot more often than not. A manic villian turn by Craig Conway helps. For energy, gore and punch this matches the 30 year old favourites it jukeboxes through gleefully.

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My Top 10 Post Apocalyptic Movies

1. Mad Max 2 : Road Warrior (1981)
2. Children of Men (2006)

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3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
4. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
5. Planet of the Apes (1968)
6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
7. Return to Oz (1985)
8. Snowpiercer (2012)

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9. Wall-E (2008)
10. Logan’s Run (1976)

 

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