Toronto After Dark Review: Doomsday Book

A repairman sent to a Buddhist temple must decide if a robot is malfunctioning or has reached enlightenment in "Doomsday Book"

Directed by Jee-woon Kim  and  Pil-Sung Yim,   Doomsday Book is an anthology of three short stories screening at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The first is Brave New World , about a young man left at home by his family while they go on vacation. Through a series of events beginning with an apple, the man is infected with a virus that he inadvertently gives to his date, turning them into zombies and starting an epidemic. The second short is Heavenly Creature , about a robot living in a Buddhist temple who has reached enlightenment. A repairman is sent to decide if the robot is malfunctioning, or if its become something more. The final story is Happy Birthday . After wrecking her billiards obsessed father’s 8-ball, a young girl orders a new one from the internet. 2 years later, a huge meteor hurtles towards Earth, and it looks just like the giant 8 ball the girl ordered.

Doomsday Book seems like a typical offering from the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Look below the surface of zombies, robots, and giant meteors and you’ll find a very intelligent sci-fi anthology. There’s a lot of spiritual connections that can be made, and the entire film seems set up to follow a kind of life cycle. The first short brings new life to the planet, the second shows a being growing and learning, while the final short brings about the end of life and a rebirth. This one is going to have the crowds discussing the deeper meanings.

Don’t let that worry you though, the film is still plenty of fun. The humour is packed in, mainly with the third short, and the visuals are stunning. There’s also the bloody fun of zombies in the first short. Anybody looking for a film that will entertain as well as provoke discussion, look no further.

Is Doomsday Book Essential TADFF Viewing?

Absolutely. An anthology film is the best theatre experience because there’s always something to satisfy every fan. While some anthologies will have some weaker parts, Doomsday Book delivers three solid stories. It may not be exactly what you’ve come to expect from Toronto After Dark, but that’s the best reason to go, because it is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Doomsday Book Screening Times

  • Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

More About This Movie

Doomsday Book Trailer

Doomsday Book Production Gallery


Raised on a healthy diet of Star Wars and every horror film on a video store shelf, Will has been watching movies since before he was able to talk. Inspired by an ever growing passion for film, and the occasional mind control experiment, Will began writing film review on his personal blog, The Film Reel. When the mind control experiments actually worked, he was able to secure a position with Toronto Film Scene. He now waits patiently in the TFS basement for October to come every year, when his love for horror films finally pays off.

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