Film Review: Doomsdays
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“How do you find a purpose in a world that’s about to collapse?” is the question asked by Doomsdays, the “contemporary satirical comedy” that is opening this year’s LOCO London Comedy Film Festival. Marking itself as a comment about the pre-apocalyptic state of the world, Doomsdays acts like a countdown to something bigger. Set throughout one March, it follows the daily movements of Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick, Kids, The Wire, My Name is Earl) and Dirty Fred (Justin Rice, Mutual Appreciation, Alexander the Last), a couple of slackers who have dropped out of accepted society and now spend their days breaking into empty holiday homes in New York’s Catskill Mountains and living off whatever it is they find inside. An allegory for the financial crisis, Doomsdays is not a film that feels the need to explain itself in any way. Causing minor of amounts of devastation to the numerous houses that they infiltrate, and not worrying in the least on the occasions when they are caught or almost caught, Bruho and Dirty Fred (and later the lonely teenage boy and directionless young woman who join them) present us with a moral question – are they simply mindless criminals bent on destruction, or is there more going on?
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