Dirty Fred and Bruho have decided to live their lives as squatters as they know that the world will eventually go to hell anyway. They go from vacation home to vacation home and break into them to find everything they need: food, supplies, bathroom, alcohol and random cool stuff. If they can find a place to stay at - great! If not, then they are soon on foot onto the next place.
Mixing the '90s slacker comedies with straight-faced post-apocalyptic dramas, "Doomsdays" brings the pre-apocalypse onto our screens. Slacker movies need one of two things: great actors with good chemistry - or very relatable scripts. "Clerks" has its flaws, but you can relate to the culture. We are now in a world where post-apocalypsm doesn't seem out of the question. I mean, I won't experience it, but the world is getting slightly shittier by the day - and media wants to shove it down our throats. "Doomsdays" puts two slackers into the mindset that they need to start living the lifestyle that will be needed once the apocalypse is here (when we run out of oil) if they want to survive when it finally gets here. Dirty Fred and Bruho perfects the lifestyle by breaking into every vacation home they can come find, never having to use money or automobiles.
There is a slight issue of nothing much happening in the movie, but when you have gone into it expecting "Slacker" meets your typical "everyman-for-himself" post-apocalyptic movie, then you won't be bothered by what is essentially a repetitive plot. It does help a lot once new characters are introduced, of course, but as a whole the plot is about two squatters, just breaking into houses. But its with the chemistry between the characters (and actors) where "Doomsdays" becomes a highly enjoyable movie.
The characters are not just well-acted, but I also applaud the writing for giving them defects that at one point makes them likable, but at other points makes them annoying. They are the protagonists, but Dirty Fred and Bruho both have their moments of being assholes. This makes them entertaining to follow. The addition of the Brian Charles Johnson as Jaidon and Laura Campbell as Reyna give us a perfect perspective to see what the characters are really about, when love, responsibility over someone and having to fit in with others is added to the mix.
Though "Doomsdays" is bit long for its relatively bare plot, I was never bored with the movie. It was naturally portrayed and it mixed the drama and comedy well, keeping us entertained while we still cared about their somewhat meaningless mission of being squatters. It felt nice following these characters and it makes for a perfect Sunday morning viewing - when you are too tired to watch something too involving, and you sort of want to hang out with someone (but not really). "Doomsdays" is that friend who you can watch, laugh at and enjoy, but not actually have to give your full focus. Don't let that sound like a negative because there are moments when those are the perfect movies. Movies like that can become cult classics if they just get the chance to be seen.
"Doomsdays" does exactly what it set out to do. It's a slacker movie that feels fresh by introducing the idea of a pre-apocalypse, without actually ever going into sci-fi territory. If you go into the movie with the right mindset they you will be very entertained. If you expect something that this movie hasn't said it will be, then you might be bored. Personally this was a nice and calm movie that I watched at just the right time. It's quirky and silly, but has a lot of heart and doesn't shy away from drama. You might have seen movies somewhat like it before, but that doesn't mean you can't fit another slacker movie into your life! Check it out on VOD on June 5th.