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Doomsday [2008] [R] - 6.9.9



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A military agent (Rhona Mitra) with nothing to lose is sent into Glasgow years after an epidemic was thought to have wiped out the population. However, human activity has been detected and a search for a cure for the virus is underway. Also with Bob Hoskins, Alexander Siddig, Adrian Lester, Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Emma Cleasby, Leanne Liebenberg, Nora-Jane Noone, Leslie Simpson, Craig Conway, David O'Hara, Rick Warden, Martin Compston, Cal Macaninch, Langley Kirkwood and Malcolm McDowell. Directed by Neil Marshall. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A nude woman sits in a bathtub (her bare breasts are clearly visible).
 Women wearing skimpy outfits (bikini-type with thongs that reveal bare buttocks and fishnet stockings) dance on a stage, spin on poles and move suggestively around a man, and he smacks them both on the buttocks. A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a tight-fitting black tank top and pants that accentuate her figure. Men are bare-chested in many scenes.
 A man and a woman kiss.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A man with a bloody face, apparently from a beating, is strapped to a metal frame and wheeled into an arena where he is lowered over a pit, which is lit and he burns (his face becomes charred and blistered, he screams, and then goes quiet); people that are standing around watching begin cutting pieces off his body and eating them (one starts by cutting off his head and we see red tissue at the neck).
 A woman walks into an arena, spectators cheer, a man wearing armor and carrying a spear enters, and they fight: he lunges toward her with the spear (he misses), she kicks him and he falls, she tries to strike him with a rock, he swings a ball on a chain, she dodges it, he then strikes her in the face, she stumbles and falls, then climbs a wall, grabs another man and pulls him over; eventually the woman strikes the first man in the head several times with an ax (blood seeps out of his mask) and he lies dead on the ground.
 A woman with knives charges toward another woman and they fight: one is struck in the face and kneed several times, one is thrown against a door, and one woman's hand is lopped off (we see it separate and bleed), she is held by another woman and then is beheaded (we hear a crunch, the eyes continue to blink and we hear a thud when the head is dropped and see the body crumpled on the floor while a lot of blood sprays).
 An infected woman slits the throat of a soldier who's driving an armored vehicle (blood spurts and sprays and he gurgles); the vehicle swerves out of control and crashes, and he drops a live grenade that explodes inside the vehicle.
 A man holds a shotgun to the head of another man, a woman holds a gun on the gunman, and the gunman's gun discharges, shooting off the side of the man's head (we see half of his head missing, with blood and matter on the other half and on the wall and floor); the woman then shoots the gunman repeatedly and he falls to the floor with bloody bullet holes in his chest.
 A man strikes another man in the head with an ax; he then cuts off the dead man's hand and then his head, which he rolls down a flight of stairs (we see blood splatter and we see blood and tissue on the severed head).
 A man strikes another man in the head with a pick ax (we see blood on his helmet) and he falls to the floor dead; others who are with him are attacked by other people with clubs and axes, they fight, and several of the attackers are shot and killed (it's dark so not much blood is shown).
 Three people in a car fight with a man who climbs in the window: one person is knocked unconscious, two people are slammed into the dashboard (we see bloody noses), one is gouged in the eye, and one man ends up on the roof of the car; a bus cuts across the road in front of them and blades are propelled toward them, the car crashes through the bus, and the man on the roof is shown in pieces (we see his head sailing through the air, still screaming).
 A man shoots himself in the head, after putting a gun in his mouth, we hear the shot and see blood and matter spray on the wall behind him.
 An armored vehicle driver is shot in the throat with an arrow (we see blood at the entry site), she loses control of the vehicle and it tips over; the other occupants get out and shoot at people who are chasing them (one man has a bloody wound on his leg).
 People rush toward a large wall with a gate as it is closing and a man's hand is caught in it (we see the fingers separate and blood spurts as he screams in pain).
 A person is singled out in a crowd, he is shot, (blood splatters), several people around him are also shot, blood sprays and other people are splattered with blood. A man is shot in the leg with an arrow, then in the back and again in the back (he falls to the ground dead). A man is shot in the back and blood splatters on the face of another man. People breaking through a fence are shot and many are struck (blood splatters), and one young girl is struck in the eye (we see blood on her eye). A soldier shoots a couple of infected people as they approach a wall (blood spurts). A nude woman sitting in a bathtub shoots at a man, and she is then shot and bloody water pours out of the tub. Three men are shot (blood spurts and we hear the thud of the bullet).
 People are crushed against a fence while trying to get out, and they are shot at by the military on the other side.
 Many people with swords and clubs fight: many are slashed, a woman strikes a man with an ax, explosions throw rubble through the air, some people hide in a tunnel and others try to get in.
 A woman strikes a man on a motorcycle in the head with a club. A man fights several people who beat him with clubs, sticks and kicks. A soldier is attacked and beaten by a large crowd of people (we hear the thuds of many punches and kicks).
 A woman is tied by the hands and burned on the back with a glowing hot poker (we see the flesh burn away and she screams).
 A man is crushed under an armored vehicle (we see his twisted limbs and blood). A man on a motorcycle is shot and falls, a van speeding behind him explodes and flips over, a car with a man strapped to the front speeds into a structure on the side of the road and explodes, and a truck crashes into a wounded man on the road and crushes him (we see blood and spurts of tissue and limbs). Many people chase an armored vehicle, throw firebombs at it and it catches fire.
 Armed soldiers invade a shelter where people are living and discover a room filled with infected people (we see them writhing and gasping with open and oozing boils on their skin). People walk through thick woods, they hear a loud rumble, they see a man on horseback covered with armor, he chases them, one man is shot by an arrow (he falls dead with blood on his chest), and two others are surrounded and marched to a castle.
 A large gun shoots a rabbit and we see it being blown into many pieces, with fur and blood splattering. An armored vehicle runs into a cow, crushing it (we see the squished remains with blood and twisted body parts on the road).
 A woman is tied by the hands and lifted up, a man pours beer over her head and then punches her in the face and stomach a few times (she has a bloody nose), bites her ear, spits something out (we see blood on her earlobe), and kisses her; it then appears as though she bites him (they both have blood on their mouths).
 A woman grabs a man by his ear piercing and pulls, ripping the piercing out (blood spurts); she then punches and kicks the man until he is either dead or unconscious, and she then strikes another man with a club.
 We see a woman pierced by many arrows and left attached to a large target (no blood is visible). A man drives in a car with the dead body of a woman in the passenger seat, and her head is shot with an arrow and falls off when the driver stops abruptly.
 A man on a motorcycle flips over and onto the ground (we see his head bend back and hear a crack).
 During a car chase scene a car rams another car from behind and they swerve around tight curves: someone on a motorcycle comes toward them and strikes the windshield with a club, tires are shot out, and the car careens over a ledge and crashes into water below. A large bus full of people swinging clubs and yelling chase two men, and one falls down and is nearly caught.
 A man points a bow and arrow at a woman, but another man shoots the man.
 A man punches a man in the face. A woman is struck in the back of the leg twice and collapses to the floor. In "Thunderdome" fashion we see many people gathered to watch an event that includes a human sacrifice; we see people dangling from chains and fighting and hear people screaming.
 A man holds a knife to another man's throat and a woman spits in his face. We see a man in several scenes wearing a skin-tight body suit and a collar and being led by another man with a leash (like a dog) and in one scene the collared man is strapped to the front of a car.
 We see many people suffering from a virus that causes large, oozing skin lesions, and we see people bleeding from the eyes and vomiting blood. We see people in a city dying from a virus, and we bloody flesh and boils and people vomiting. We see splatters of blood on plastic sheeting over hospital beds. A woman presses an artificial eye into her eye socket (we hear squishing). A crow is perched on the head of a dead man (we see his blackened skin with large boils). We see decomposing remains of humans in cages and on poles surrounding a path into a castle. We see the skeletal remains of humans in and around a hospital. We see abandoned cars with the skeletal remains of humans inside them. A blood-covered, severed head is thrown on the ground in front of a crowd of people who then cheer. A woman rolls an eyeball onto the floor and uses it to see things that are happening in other rooms.
 A man yells out to a crowd, "We are gonna catch them, cook them and eat them." We hear about people being tortured. We hear about a population losing all sense of morality, becoming animalistic and eventually turning to cannibalism. We hear about an epidemic that infected and wiped out the population of Scotland.
 People panic and try to get out of a city as martial law is declared and a wall with a heavy metal gate is erected. A woman is left behind and cries as her young daughter is taken away on a helicopter.
 We see a large painting of a skeleton on a wall. A woman is heavily tattooed on her face and body.

PROFANITY 9 - 44 F-words (one scene features a large crowd using the F-word and displaying obscene hand gestures), 16 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (savages, idiot), 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman smoke cigarettes in a few scenes. A man smokes a cigarette and a woman takes it from him and continues to smoke it herself.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Epidemics, killer viruses, over-population, breakdown of society, power, corruption, morality, death of loved ones, hope, human sacrifice, unity, sadomasochism, idealism, sacrifice, laws of nature, poverty, unemployment, politics, survival of the fittest.

MESSAGE - There is always hope.

Special Keywords: S6 - V9 - P9 - MPAAR

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