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Doom+5 is another HKTV drama that I really enjoyed (amongst several others)…and left me longing for more, although I think the overall set-up is perfect the way it is. This drama is short, with only 5 episodes, each focuses on a different character and how they deal with the knowledge that the world will end in less than 15 hours (although the poster says 14 hours…lol). It’s been a while since I watched this. =____=”
What I like about this series are the risk they took with the cinematography, the almost nonsensical decisions/actions that each of the characters made, and the general fun philosophical aspects.
Anyways, so basically, here’s the premise of the story: the world is supposed to end on January 23rd, 2015 at 11:45pm. Apparently, the HK government knows that and unfortunately, this information got leaked out to a portion of the HK population as well. To prevent these HK citizens from getting the words out and cause chaos for the last hours of mankind, the HK government assesses each of these citizens to see if they are capable of coping with the fact without causing any commotion on a wide scale (aka keep it as a secret until they died). After an intensive assessment stage, some citizens got released to enjoy their last 14 to 15 hours on earth (with intels tracking them in secret just as an extra safety measure). Meanwhile, the rest got held back as they are deemed as a threat to the stability and harmony of society despite that they all just have less than 24 hours to live. This story focuses on 5 random citizens.
1st Story: Commitment
Law Dai-wai is one of the “lucky” ones who got released. He is a movie producer by occupation and frankly, he has never done much things right (not exactly the most ethical guy either). He is especially bad at keeping promises. He looks back at his life and realizes that he has had never made time for those who are supposed to be important in his life (in fact, he has ruined most of their lives). Well, now that he knows the end is almost here, he is slowly finding himself trying play the good guy for once and most importantly, tries his best to fulfill a simple request from his mother: eat together with both of her sons. Unfortunately, the request turns out not so simple after all! His younger brother has gone a protest against the government like a young, hotblooded, rebellious college student that he is (so different from his money-loving self) and now, is sent to jail and won’t be released until the next day. So, he thinks up the most elaborate way to break his brother free from jail and have dinner with his mother….by calling upon his colleagues’ original passion for movie-making and make an incredible action movie.
Out of the 5 stories, I personally think this one has the most humour in it, as well as has the best ending (as best as it could get with the world ending on the horizon).
Anywhoo~ too lazy, so I’ll stop here for today. I’ll be back with the rest of the recaps for the other 4 episodes eventually. =]