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Doom (Unrated)
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02.14.2006 By: Quigles
Doom (Unrated) order
Director:
Andrzej Bartkowiak

Actors:
Karl Urban
The Rock
Rosamund Pike

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of gruff, one-dimensional Marines try to kick some serious demon ass. Note the "try", because honestly, these goons get their asses handed to them.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Lets go down the checklist, shall we?

Big guns? Check.
Lots o' gore? Check.
Monstrous creatures? Check.
Gratuitous nude scene? Check (thanks to the "Unrated" edition for that one!).
Helluva lot of fun? CHECK!

DOOM may not be the greatest video-game-to-screen adaptation (that award goes to the kickass RESIDENT EVIL), but it comes pretty damn close. Then again, with movies like SUPER MARIO BROS., DOUBLE DRAGON, and HOUSE OF THE DEAD, finding good competition would seem to be an even harder task to accomplish. So yes, while it's true that we have yet to see a completely awesome adaptation of a video game, we can at least pass the time with movies like DOOM. I for one am happy to do just that.

All of the necessary elements needed to make a fun sci-fi action/horror flick are here, so that side of the table is taken care of. However, there's still a lot of stuff missing that could propel the movie past just being a "fun ol' time". Lets go over the "new" checklist, shall we?

Appealing characters? Nope.
Intelligent dialogue? Missing.
Strong acting? Nowhere to be found.
Clever storyline? AWOL.

So basically, if you're looking for more than a movie about a bunch of people unloading bullets into monstrous demons, then you should really look elsewhere. But c'mon! Who the hell sits down to watch a movie like DOOM actually expecting stuff like that? I know I sure don't... still, there are a few things that could've been refined to really make the movie a full-on ass kicking good time. Most notably, the horror build-up was lacking any sort of suspense, and went on for way too long. Despite what Peter Jackson and other filmmakers may think, editing can and does in fact help make movies better. Another bummer involved The Rock, surprisingly. He just didn't pack the same punch that he has in past performances (but that really has more to do with his lame character). Those issues aside, DOOM's pros even out pretty well against the cons. And thanks to the gnarly first-person shooter scene near the end, the movie earns itself a hearty rental recommendation. Semper fi, motherf**ker!
THE EXTRAS
The special features here are pretty standard, but that's to be expected, seeing as how the movie hasn't even earned back its budget yet (it scored 54 million worldwide, with a budget of 60 million).

The "Unrated" labeling actually means something this time, with 6 new and extended scenes being added back in (most of them are short though). None of the scenes are really necessary for the movie, but a few of them are cool to have (like the extended bits in the FPS scene - very cool).

Basic Training (10:33): This featurette lets us watch how a military advisor (Tom McAdams) trained the cast how to use their weapons, as well as different military tactics. Worth watching.

Rock Formation (5:38): (NOTE: Skip past this extra's description to avoid spoiler) This extra gives us an inside look at The Rock's make-up job, showing him going through different monster stages. Pretty cool, if that sort of thing interests you.

Master Monster Makers (10:54): This features explores the various monster creations for the movie, allowing us to see how both live-action and CGI was combined to create the final look of the ugly brutes. A decent watch.

First Person Shooter Sequence (5:57): A behind-the-scenes look at DOOM's most prominent scene. Some of the more interesting points involve some of the problems the crew had to overcome while shooting it. Interesting stuff. Also, if you wish, you can watch the final version of the scene when the featurette finishes.

DOOM Nation (14:40): A mini-documentary exploring the history of the game, people's opinions of it, and more. If you're a fan of the game, this should make for one of the more interesting extras on the DVD.

Game On! (6:46): This extra is pretty much an advertisement to the game Doom 3, just done in a very clever fashion. It basically involves footage of the game with audio of a guy giving pointers for beginning players.

There's also a Doom 3 XBOX Demo for all those gamers who own an XBOX console out there.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you ignore the cornball dialogue, painfully stupid plot, and nonexistent character development, then you might be one of the few people who can appreciate DOOM for what it is rather than what it isn't. And by that, I mean itís perfect leave-your-brain-at-the-door fare, filled with plenty of ass-kickery and R-rated gory goodness. Plus, if you pick up the "Unrated" version, you can also get yourself a brief nude scene... you know, just to make sure all the bases are covered.
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