Review Date: October 21, 2005
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Writer: David Callaham, Wesley Strick
Producers: John Wells
The Rock as Sarge
Karl Urban as John Grimm
Rosamund Pike as Samantha
And oh yeah…no PG-13 here! We get plenty of bloody kills with decapitations, slimy walking creatures and corpses and tons of “yucks” and “fucks” all around. Sure, it’s a movie based on Marines killing demons from hell, but the studio could easily have pussied out, but they didn’t, so kudos to them. That said, I likely would have recommended this film only slightly (or maybe even just as a “cheapie night” rental) until its final half hour kicked in and, lo-and-behold, it actually managed to surprise me with its storyline twist, impress me with its extensive and invigorating POV “kill sequence” (anyone who has spent more than a few hours playing DOOM in the dark by themselves will totally relate to this scene) and surprise me once again by upgrading the film’s basic entry into the “videogame turned into a movie” genre by including a sequence questioning a soldier’s morality during a time of war (do you follow your orders or listen to your heart?). The film’s awesome end credit sequence should also be noted, along with a solid performance by Karl Urban, who managed to give the film a character with whom we can sympathize. I just realized that I used the word “surprise” quite a bit in this review, and I think that’s what this film ultimately did to me: it surprised me by actually being a lot better than it deserved to be. I only wish its first hour had taken some lessons from its final act; giving us more action, monsters, kills and creativity!
All that said, if you’re not looking for a “search and destroy” type of movie in which a bunch of characters with heavy artillery march around a bunch of corridors and shoot up some creepy alien types, you shouldn’t even be reading this review or contemplating a visit to the theaters for this one. If, on the other hand, you dig DOOM, the game, you like Rock, the man, and you enjoy your blood, guts, violence, monsters and big f*ckin’ guns…sign yourself up on the dotted line and then go home and play the game until you meld yourself out of your own life and into the phony baloney world of the depths of hell. Then again, that’s pretty much my own life…day-to-day. Hahahaha, I keed, I keed.