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CARRY ON CANNIBALS; DOOMSDAY *** 18 dvd reviews.

Byline: by rick fulton

IT bombed at the box-office but this is perfect over-the-top weekend DVD material ...if you like tacky sci-fi horror movies.

On April 3, 2008, the deadly reaper virus explodes on the streets of Glasgow, forcing the UK government to quarantine Scotland (this must be Maggie Thatcher's favourite movie).

Twenty-seven years later, the virus resurfaces in London and Prime Minister John Hatcher (Alexander Siddig) and aide Michael Canaris (David O'Hara) demand a cure to prevent another outbreak.

They entrust security chief Bill Nelson (Bob Hoskins) with assembling a crack team to infiltrate the deserted Scottish laboratory of scientist Dr Kane (Malcolm McDowell).

Major Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) leads the covert mission, with doctors Talbot (Sean Pertwee - when he's in a movie, you know it's going to be dodgy) and Stirling (Darren Morfitt).

They quickly discover the virus-ravaged locals are anything but friendly. Doomsday is a postapocalyptic action romp with echoes of 28 Days Later, its sequel and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Neil Marshall's film begins promisingly but skitters into the ridiculous once Eden and her team encounter the cannibal survivors led by Sol (Craig Conway).

Mitra's ballsy heroine, who lost an eye in childhood and uses her hi-tech falsie to peer around corners, is emotionally untouched by her journey into the dead zone, and so are we.

McDowell's raspy voice-over gives rise to unintentional hilarity. "They've begun to feed off each other. It's medieval out there," he booms.

Writer-director Marshall sates his appetite for carnage with dismemberment and decapitation, including one character being flambeed alive then eaten. Cheery.

DVD Extras: Featurette. DVD pounds 19.99/Blu-ray pounds 24.99.


TACKY: Malcolm McDowell and, right, Rhona Mitra
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 5, 2008
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