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Doomsdays review (LOCO London Comedy Film Festival)

by MaryAnn Johanson

Doomsdays yellow light Justin Rice Leo Fitzpatrick

I see the harbingers of doom in this “pre-apocalyptic comedy,” but there’s nothing actually funny about it.
I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The world, Dirty Fred (Justin Rice: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick: Cold Comes the Night) agree, is doomed. So as a blow to the consumerism that is killing the planet and humanity, they have given up on civilization. They don’t work, and they don’t own stuff. They still need food and shelter, of course, but that’s a problem easily solved: they break into people’s vacation homes in New York’s rural Catskill Mountains and hang out there, eating and drinking until they get bored or get caught. They enjoy urinating in people’s beds for fun, and Bruho has a special hobby of destroying automobiles, because peak oil. I appreciate how first-time writer-director Eddie Mullins found a new kind of story to tell on a superlow indie budget — the film looks fantastic, from the grunge-slick cinematography to the sullen, bratty performances — but I don’t actually care about any of it. Fred and Bruho are unlikable, which is fine, but it’s pretty unforgivable that they’re simply not very interesting. And when their tight little duo is invaded by bored teen Jaidon (Brian Charles Johnson) and bored adult Reyna (Laura Campbell), the challenge this presents to their friendship affects me not at all. Perhaps if there were some satire to be found in the misadventures of two adult men who find random vandalism “liberating,” or a hint of irony… I suspect, however, that Mullins thinks merely presenting such pointless antisocial behavior is somehow a statement in itself. I see the harbingers of doom in this “pre-apocalyptic comedy,” but there’s nothing actually funny about it.


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Doomsdays (2015)
US/Canada release date: Jun 05 2015 (VOD same day)

MPAA: not rated

viewed in 2D
viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

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  • RogerBW

    So they do random stuff. So what? That isn’t enough to carry a film.

  • Doug Denslowe

    Good review but hard to read on a mobile device.I hate sites where it’s not possible to make the text larger,well it’s not on Apple iPads.

  • I’m sorry about that. I’ll try to figure out what the problem is.

  • Doug Denslowe

    Thanks,Mary.You must have a friend who has an iPad.The “pinch” method of expanding the text doesn’t seem to work on this site.Sometimes, I assume,it’s to make sure you don’t ignore the ads on the right side.Thanks again for replying,I’d like to follow your writing but if I have trouble reading it,I’ll probably end up going elsewhere until I get a magnifying glass.

  • Some quick Googling tells me that this is not an issue I’m going to able to solve quickly or easily (I am not a programmer or Web designer). In the meantime, are you using Reader Mode? Activate it in Safari on the iPad (or iPhone) by clicking on the icon indicated in the image below. You will be able to use the pinch zoom in Reader Mode.

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