Premiering today in Denmark is Danny’s doomsday, a family horror film about climate change, invasions and relations.
Aimed at families and young teenagers, and premiering today in theatres all over Denmark, Danny’s doomsday is a big budget (in Danish terms) movie set in the horror or horror-fantasy thriller genre. Produced by Miso Film and directed by Martin Barnewitz (known for Room 205 and Messengers 2), the film presuppose global climate change in which a new race of flesh eating predators arise, monsters that invade and eat everything living on earth. In a residential neighbourhood in a Danish suburb, nightmare like scenes are being experienced first hand through the eyes of two teenage brothers, who can’t stand each other, but are now suddenly forced to barricade themselves in the basement together to avoid getting eaten. From one day to another, without parents and without electricity, food, water and contact with other people, the brothers have to learn to live together in their protection bunker, while monsters move past the basement windows and heavy, sharp claws can be heard moving around upstairs on the wooden floors… The film stars William Jøhnk Nielsen, Peter Gantzler, Camilla Bendix, Allan Hyde, Lars Mikkelsen.
Extracts of random Danish reviews of the movie:
Kasper Løvborg / Soundvenue.com / Rated 2 of 6
The tribute to Hollywood’s genre films is not without a clue, but because the premise is well thought through, it’s extra annoying that Søren Grinderslev Hansen’s script is so formulaic and transparent […] What ultimately ruins Danny’s doomsday is the rigid acting […] The director’s sense of suspense and the excellent concept does not have a chance against the appalling direction of actors and the schematic script.
Johnny Vinther Jensen / filmz.dk / Rated 3 of 6
There is no particular problem with the way [the conventions of the genre] are executed, but I can’t help being tired of the lack of genre innovation. It lacks the national character that made a film like Troll Hunter so interesting […] The plot moves ahead with military precision. You can set your clock to the stages of the script – unanswered attraction to the prettiest girl in the class, check. The macho boy who turns out to be a coward, check […] It’s evident that the film is made by people who love the genre, but this movie lacks soul, even if it has lots of heart.
Nadia Parbo / cinemazone.dk / Rated 5 of 6
Danny’s doomsday is an extremely successfull movie, which controls its genre and its tools. The film is carried by a dazzling script which gives us classic set-ups and pay-offs and a main character with an inner and outer conflict […] Here’s a movie that knows what it wants and does it without too much monkey business. Not a perfect film, but it gives great hope to the Danish film scene.
Other media, such as ExtraBladet and EkkoFilm.dk also rated the movie 3 of 6, while JyllandsPosten rated it 2 of 6 with the comment; “Almost nothing works in this Danish attempt at an apocalyptic monster movie”. Nosferadio rated the film 4 of 6 with the comment “in spite of its shortcomings, it’s an interesting and different Danish experience, which will be well received by its young audience.”