Neil Marshall is one of the few interesting horror directors today, after his claustrophobic cave thriller The Descent and a crafty werewolf flick, Dog Soldiers.
Count on him to attempt something unexpected with the familiar trappings of Doomsday (R), though I can't imagine what. Preview trailers suggest this will be 28 Years Later without zombies, Mad Max without Mel Gibson and Escape from Someplace That Isn't New York or L.A.
Rhona Mitra (Shooter, Skinwalkers) plays Maj. Eden Sinclair, who is sent inside a city that has been quarantined for three decades since a virulent plague. The virus has escaped to London, but because there are survivors inside the walled hell, there must be a cure. Maj. Sinclair will find it or die.
But those survivors have a bone to pick (or break) with anyone who had anything to do with their exile. Imagine that. They've taken to dressing up like Lord Humungus in Mad Max 2, driving equally souped-up cars in death-defying fashion. Hey, forget the plague cure; where do they get all that gas?
Doomsday wasn't previewed by a St. Petersburg Times critic, but any flick with Malcolm McDowell playing a bad guy is worth checking out.
Steve Persall, Times film critic