Xavierpop Does @TADFilmFest – Next Up, Louis Gets Down With The Impressive ‘Doomsday Book’
Doomsday Book is a three chapter anthology of stories by co-writers and directors Jee-woon Kim and Pil-Sung Yim. An interesting take on several ideas and concepts, the overall effect of the film is quite impressive. While each segment is well done, though not really containing enough as shot for a full length feature, their proximity and differences don’t seemingly flow from one story to the next as it may initially appear. They do in fact, each contain at their heart tales about human existence. Each is excellently done and offers something unique with their particular vision.
The first segment is ‘A Brave New World‘. One bad apple spoils the bunch, or in this case, turns everyone into zombies. Carefully constructed tale of a guy left at home to clean while the rest of the family goes on vacation, an apple tossed out in the process mutates and enters the food chain. It returns to humans via the cow that consumed the apple, but now with the distinction of mutating its human hosts. Humans become zombie like creatures and the world begins to crumble. Taking a look at mans attempt to control his environment, and how that can turn against him, there is also an interesting love story running through the middle of this segment. Funny and poignant, this segment sets the tone for the rest of the film.
The second segment is ‘The Heavenly Creature’. Far more serious in tone and content, it tells the story of a worker robot in a Buddhist temple that achieves enlightenment. The corporation that manufactured it is sent in to determine if it is malfunctioning. What happens next is a dialogue that can best be described as an examination of faith, perception and humanities reliance on technology. These questions are discussed at length, and in the end, one may learn something about man’s willingness to allow his perception to create an illusion that covers a painful truth. The most interesting of the segments, it is also the one that begs for a longer version. Beautifully shot and scored, it is also the only part by Kim Ji-Woon.
The final segment is the whimsical ‘Happy Birthday’. The most original story of the three, it deals with a girl who tries to replace her father’s 8-ball before he can notice it’s broken. Fear of being caught has her toss it out the window, where it gets mixed up with a wormhole and aliens. To say more would be to ruin the fun. Never taking itself, the characters or the predicament the world finds itself in overly seriously way allows the peculiar nature of this story to unfold quite well. It’s quirky and eccentric nature blend themselves quite well between the story and the characters.
Overall this is a fantastic film that is quite entertaining. Fans of the genres contained should enjoy it, as well as those who enjoy anthology films.