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Doom (2005)
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Review Date: October 21, 2005
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Writer: David Callaham, Wesley Strick
Producers: John Wells
Actors:
The Rock as Sarge
Karl Urban as John Grimm
Rosamund Pike as Samantha
Plot:
A troupe of heavy-duty Marines are sent to Mars to check on some of the disturbances that have been resonating from its human colony station. Once there, the group come to realize that demon-monsters are alive and well in their midst, so they pull out their big guns and shoot as much as they can. They kill some of the monsters and some of the monsters kill them. Lots of shooting and killing and blood ensues.
Critique:
I’ve always had a “thing” for The Rock. I think he’s a unique individual with tons of charisma, talent, good looks and ass-kickeroonies packed under his monster build. I’ve managed to enjoy most of the films that he’s been in so far – if only because of his presence in them – but am still waiting for him to make that great ol’ rock ‘n roll action extravaganza that will utilize all of his skills to their utmost, alongside a cool-ass story, superb action and all-around entertainment. Unfortunately, DOOM is not that movie. That said, its final half hour kicks arse like not many action flicks have kicked arse this year, including some nifty twists in the “story”, lots of cool kills and blood, a fun mano-a-mano fistfight and a very cool “first person” POV (point-of-view) sequence that really managed to bring the claustrophobic and thrilling aspects of the game onto the big screen, and that in itself…is a great accomplishment! Particularly when you consider that the game on which the film is based doesn’t really have too much “story” going for it in the first place. Unfortunately, this film’s first hour is also much of that, with little exposition, lots of dudes dressed in black gear walking around dark hallways and dank sewers, with little shoot ‘em ups or fisticuffs taking place. Thankfully, the film’s visuals work like in the videogame, with lots of “atmosphere” providing us with a decent sense of the unknown, along with grungy musical tunes (yeah, heavy metal was the way to go…thank God they didn’t include any hip-hop shit), a handful of one-liners, the Rock’s charming charms and “serious looks” (and actual character development?!?), as well as a surprising amount of profanity, blood and icky guts, lifting the film a notch above its peer action-monster-kill movies.

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.
(c) 2016 Berge Garabedian
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4:24PM on 12/15/2005
The movie was absolutely awful! I don't know how anyone could've enjoyed it. Watching the trailers I assumed it could be a bit like the first Resident Evil movie (which I loved) but it was just pathetic.
The Rock is a hopeless actor and it doesn't help to have a poor screenplay that allows The Rock's macho character to deliver lines in the cheesiest way possible.
The characteristation is almost non existent, theres one scene where our lead Karl Urban is looking out onto Mars reminisicing of a
The movie was absolutely awful! I don't know how anyone could've enjoyed it. Watching the trailers I assumed it could be a bit like the first Resident Evil movie (which I loved) but it was just pathetic.
The Rock is a hopeless actor and it doesn't help to have a poor screenplay that allows The Rock's macho character to deliver lines in the cheesiest way possible.
The characteristation is almost non existent, theres one scene where our lead Karl Urban is looking out onto Mars reminisicing of a childhood experience, a good opportunity that ends up having no significant purpose, doesn't explain itself, hey, it doesn't develop...
The action scenes are poor, they're just the run-of-the-mill chase after the monster and never catch up to it FOR AN HOUR.
By halfway through the movie I was praying for the first person shooter sequence that would save me from the complete unoriginality that had bored me for the entire film.
The FPS sequence is the best part of the movie, but is obviously edited and not one entire shot, and ends up the camera ends up too shaky for its own good.
Doom is a deeply flawed, very average, boring and bad attempt at a popular video game which had the potential to be good.
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5:21PM on 11/17/2005

Not so gloom DOOM

I am not going to let you know the premise of the movie. If you need to know this, find it elsewhere, or read the previous guy's comments. I believe the movie was well acted, the Rock (in a horrifyingly delicious role)and Karl Urban (Eomer from the lord of the rings). Other little-known actors suffice as monster food. The movie could've received a higher rating if it had been shot in a more Aliens-style way. DOOM is as good as the first resident evil movie. Even if you're not a fan of the
I am not going to let you know the premise of the movie. If you need to know this, find it elsewhere, or read the previous guy's comments. I believe the movie was well acted, the Rock (in a horrifyingly delicious role)and Karl Urban (Eomer from the lord of the rings). Other little-known actors suffice as monster food. The movie could've received a higher rating if it had been shot in a more Aliens-style way. DOOM is as good as the first resident evil movie. Even if you're not a fan of the game you will still have a hell of a ride watching this movie.
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10:09PM on 10/21/2005
Many moons ago, I played a first person shooter called Doom. It scared the living shit out of me, with its basic graphics, cheesy music and sound, it managed to do something that frightened me beyond reason. I would play for hours, and then take off the T shirt that was now drenched in sweat. I would play in the dark, because obviously, playing in the dark makes it more scary. I had the Army of Darkness mod, me and my boomstick would blow up floating heads like there was no tomorrow. I had the
Many moons ago, I played a first person shooter called Doom. It scared the living shit out of me, with its basic graphics, cheesy music and sound, it managed to do something that frightened me beyond reason. I would play for hours, and then take off the T shirt that was now drenched in sweat. I would play in the dark, because obviously, playing in the dark makes it more scary. I had the Army of Darkness mod, me and my boomstick would blow up floating heads like there was no tomorrow. I had the Alien's mod that scared me more than anything else I can recall. Those little spider like creatures running towards me.............. ARGH!!!!!!!! Oh, those were the days my friend, those were the days.

Fast forward (like in the movies) to today. Doom the movie has finally been released, after many years of speculation about who might star in it (Stallone, Ahrnold) and starring is, The Rock........ who wasn't even heard of back then.... how times change! The story is based on the recent Doom³. The 'plot', as is features a breakout of something or someone at a research base on mars. What enfolds is a pretty basic monster hunt type of a movie, think Aliens with game tie in's. As a movie, it was at best average, with a plot that didn't really make sense moving the action along quickly enough that you didn't have to actually think too much to understand it. A team of marines sent in to save the staff obviously gets beaten up, the staff they were sent to rescue die and then come back to life, and lots of groovy monsters hide in the shadows and kill people.

The Rock plays the man in charge of the marine team, with Karl Urban as the focus of the team and Rosmary (it looks cold on mars) Pike playing a scientist and his sister.

While the movie itself is beyond rescue, two or three points made the movie rock, simply from a Doom geek point of view. Firstly, the BFG, or a Big Firing Gun as the 'technical term' was.... or as the Rock put it, Big Fucking Gun. The BFG is a firm favourite from Doom the game, saving your life when the odds seem stacked against you. The BFG is your friend, the BFG is good!!

The second point was the first person shooter portion of the movie, where rather than seeing the actor, you, the audience are holding the gun, running around corners and firing at anything that moves! A very cute way to pay tribute to the first person shooter genre and Doom itself.

Finally, and perhaps the best part of the movie, the chainsaw. The fight takes place during the first person portion and involves a monster that is half in a motorized wheel chair contraption. The chainsaw is the most basic weapon from Doom, used when you have run out of bullets, and used your last grenade. Just to hear the chainsaw revving up and being used to attack this mutant creature warmed the cockles of my heart. Made me smile and forget how poor the movie was.

A movie I had to see but just wish it had been better!
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