Doomsday is a 2008 British science fiction film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that has been mostly wiped out by a lethal virus. Rhona Mitra stars as the heroine who leads a team to seek a cure in inhospitable territory when the virus begins to belatedly emerge in their preserved homeland. Marshall cited Doomsday as an homage to numerous films from his childhood, including Mad Max and Escape from New York. Filming took place in Scotland and South Africa in the course of 2007. Doomsday was released on March 14, 2008 in the United States and Canada.