There are quite a few things wrong with this movie, but I still enjoyed it. The "unstoppable virus" premise I quite enjoy, as there are so many ways you can use it to show the deconstruction of society and how people react in a panic. However, it's clear that the movie-makers, like anyone else, wanted to push a multicultural spin.
The film begins with Malcolm McDowell saying that the loss of so many lives can be achieved easily with microscopic organisms. One of my favourite lines in this movie is this: "A virus doesn't pick a time or a place. It doesn't hate. It doesn't care. It just happens." The beginning had a great hook and I enjoyed how the British military took action in walling off Scotland (where the disease called the Reaper virus started) and how after Britain turned its back on Scotland, the world turned its back on Britain. I think the beginning really ground in the motion that when it comes to politics and viruses, the two go together like cats and dogs.
From there, they do a follow of 35 years later, in 2040 or something. The virus began in 2008, the year the film was made. Rhona Mitra plays Eden Sinclair, a mercenary that does jobs for the British government. Bob Hoskins and David O'Mara appear and are quite good in their roles. The acting isn't too bad and they did choose some good actors.
Sinclair is asked by Canaris (O'Hara) to get behind the wall into Scotland to find McDowell, who was the head doctor. The Reaper virus reappeared in England and now there's pressure to stop it. Sinclair gets a small military convoy and goes behind the wall. Mishaps ensure and they meet a colony of survivors that have turned cannibalistic. Sinclair gets captured and later escapes with a Scottish girl. They escape out in the country and meet McDowell, who's holed himself up in a castle.
Here's where the downfall begins. Not only does the Medieval thing not work, Sinclair also has a nigger with her. He wears an earring and everything and is the token magic nigger. There's no worries, though; he is the only one and gets made good in an act of "heroism". He's pretty useless and get usurped by the medical student who is white.
There's no coalburning and Sinclair pretty much puts the nigger in its place. Other than that, there really aren't many niggershines.
Aside from the we'll-just-go-everywhere-without-logic trope in the movie, it is quite enjoyable. While they should've made the virus play a bigger role, there's not much complaining aside from this. It may be a cheap movie with a simple plot, but it's not bad enough for me to write a huge post on it tearing it to pieces.
Other than the plot holes and neglect of the main antagonist - the virus - if you toss aside your critic part and just sit back, the movie's worth your time. Rhona Mitra I find quite pretty and I adored her in Underworld as Sonia. So, I recommend you watch this movie. I don't give many spoilers unless the movie is so bad that I force people not to watch it.