Friday, March 28, 2008
The key to enjoying Doomsday is to understand that it’s a mash-up. There’s some Michael Bay in there, some Fast and the Furious, even some Lord of the Rings. (Really.) But the influence that animates all these component parts is a deep and abiding homage to John Carpenter’s Escape from New York. It’s most noticeable, not in the plot itself (Carpenterian though it is), but in its execution. The plotting is pure freewheeling punk rock, the kind of thing you see from Carpenter when he trusts his vision to make The Crazy work. That’s Doomsday: A hilarious, brutal, crazy movie. It’s brilliantly stupid, or maybe stupidly brilliant. It’s Grindhouse without all the winking and nudging. It’s also a blast, and touches on a certain kind of greatness.