Doomsdays (tbc)

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Review byKatherine McLaughlin4/10/2013

Five out of Five stars
Running time: 91 mins

A uniquely peculiar and hilarious piece of indie cinema, that plays like an American Withnail and I, with added central characters.

What’s it all about?
Bruho and Dirty Fred have opted out of society and instead wander the Catskill mountains living in the unoccupied houses of the rich until they return. Their routine is interrupted by a couple of newcomers: Jordain, a teenager who is bullied by his peers, and Reyna, whom they meet at a house party and appears to be as aimless as all of them.

The Good
Eddie Mullins’ debut feature film comes as an absolute surprise; its wry humour and characters are a melange of oddity that feels entirely original as part of the American indie film genre. Bruho (Mullins) is a frustrated man preoccupied with M. King Hubbert’s peak oil theory, so he walks everywhere he can and refuses to get in a car, not wanting to increase his carbon footprint. Whereas Fred (Rice) is a whisky swilling, apathetic drop-out, simply sick of other people. Mullins has paired apathy and anger together in his two characters, the slacker and the protestor who both make their individual stands against society. It’s through these characters that Mullins voices the fret and ennui of a generation stranded in a messy economy on a dying planet. The real trick that he achieves is the grace and humour through which he creates these memorable characters.

The Great
Leo Fitzpatrick (whom you may remember from the breakthrough role in Larry Clark’s Kids) and a fully bearded Justin Rice are a phenomenal pairing who have both been quietly perfecting their profession in indie films and TV for years, and they are sure to charm you with their idiosyncratic ways in Doomsdays as the two leads. At times they are similar to an American Withnail and I, screaming at one another in their grandiose surroundings, but Mullins adds another level with the addition of a couple of outsider characters to complement their outrageous behaviour.

Reyna is thankfully a well-written female role in the terrain of the all-male world she inhabits and Laura Campbell gives the character some spirited verve. She is given as many flaws, quirks and smarts as the boys, which makes for refreshing viewing.

Worth seeing?
Doomsdays is one of a kind making it a must see for fans of American Indie cinema thanks to its funny script and first-rate performances. It’s a film to get excited about and marks Eddie Mullins as a shining new talent.

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