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A frantic call for help from a remote research station on Mars sends a team of mercenary Marines into action. Led by The Rock and Karl Urban, they descend into the Olduvai Research Station, where they find a legion of nightmarish creatures, lurking in the darkness, killing at will. Once there, the Marinesmust use an arsenal of firepower to carry out their mission: nothing gets out alive. Based on the hugely popular video game, "Doom" is an explosive action-packed thrill ride!
Grab your BFG and get ready to kick some Martian-demon butt in Doom, another entry in the increasingly crowded videogame-to-movie genre. The Rock plays Sarge, the commander of a squad of Marines sent to investigate a disturbance at a scientific research facility on Mars. Among the squad is John Grimm (Karl Urban, who played Eomer in The Lord of the Rings), who turns out to have had a previous relationship with Samantha (Rosamund Pike, Die Another Day), the scientist who's accompanying the Marines in order to retrieve some vital data from the facility. Based on id Software's legendary first-person shooter, Doom tries its best to look like a game, with dark, angled corridors, ferocious creatures appearing out of nowhere, and a variety of lethal weapons that will, like the aforementioned BFG, warm the cockles of a gamer's heart. There's also one memorable sequence that actually turns the movie into a first-person shooter; the good news is that in the context of the whole film, it's not quite as goofy as it might have been. And that's not a bad frame of reference for the film in general. Considering the game-to-movie field includes such duds as Wing Commander, if you go into Doom with low expectations, you'll probably find it a surprisingly respectable horror/sci-fi thriller in the Resident Evil vein (including its somewhat obligatory subplot of corporate wrongdoing). Also in its favor is that it's unabashedly R-rated, for the extreme gore that is a trademark of the game. After all, the purpose of the movie is to pack scares and thrills into a setting that gamers will quickly recognize. In that sense, it qualifies as a success. --David Horiuchi
- We're Gonna Need Something with a Little Bit More Kick
For most males of my generation, much of the mid nineties were devoted to sitting in front of the computer playing the granddaddy of all shooters, Doom. Before the game, most video games were family friendly plat formers like Mario Brothers and even games that involved killing things like The Legend of Zelda, the killing was very cartoonish. But with Doom, you took a first person account of blasting hell spawn and zombies complete with blood spatter. There was even a time that there more computers that had some form of Doom on it than Windows. The game eventually gave way to the gorier Quake that featured multiplayer through the internet so you could now spend day on end killing your dorm mates.
Then over ten years after its original release and a year after a third installment in the series hit computer screens a movie tie-in made it to theaters despite ever other movie that was based on a videogame has sucked massively. Well of course the one exception being Super Mario Bros. with Bob Hopkins playing the red overall wearing plumber. Okay, enough sarcasm. Transferring Doom into a movie is an odd choice due to the video game being a first person shooter with evil doers being the only other characters in the game. So some changes had to be made for the transition to the big screen. First instead of one space marine shipped off to Mars, we get eight. The biggest change though is that the evil doers don't come out of portal from hell. Where the actually come from in the movie is bit of a spoiler and I won't tell you where or how not because I don't want to spoil you, instead because it's extremely complicated.
There in lies one of the big problems with the movie, its way too complicated for a film based on a game where all you had to know was kill anything that moves. When the marines hit Mars, they run into a bunch of scientists that bog down the dialog with way too many big words that you needed to take upper level biology and archeology courses in college to understand. The other big problem is you can't see anything, ever. The lighting in the movie is so dark, even when the evil doers come on screen it's hard to be scared because you have no clue what you are looking at. The only part of the film that old school gamers can appreciate is they discover of the BFG (my censors won't let me tell you what it completely stands for but "B" is big and "G" is gun) and the segment where film takes on a first person view. But even those inclusions would make it worth sitting through the rest of the film....more info
- It sucks, badly
Really, the whole movie sucks. Let's start from the top, the plot. Now, as you probably know, the plot has nothing to do with the game, at all. In fact, the only thing remotely close they have is the name, and the BFG. The plot is genetic monsters take over some research facility and marines go in to save the day, you know the drill. Nothing horribly bad, except for it doesn't follow the game at all.
However, this sad bunch of marines are the stupidest people on Earth, and now Mars. Really. First, we have the Kid, who is horrible at everything, he talks while he's supposed to be stealthy, he gets high on mission, etc. Yes, it's his mission, but I thought this was an elite military team, not some club that just anybody off the street can join without having any military training. And Portman, not only is a moron, but has a stupid grin on his face no matter what he's saying.
Now, as for genres. For a horror movie, it's not scary at all, not even a little suspense (though I kinda wanted the characters to die, so I guess that lost the suspense to me). For an action movie, well, simply put, there's little to know action, until the very end. And yes, there's a first person shooter sequence towards the end, but don;t be fooled, that is a gimmick and nothing more.
Without spoiling anything,I'm just gonna say that the ending is incredibly generic.
All in all, this movie is a waste of time and money. ...more info
- it doomed alright
During my teenage years I was a fan of WWF wrestling and specifically, the Rock. He was a tremendous wrestler who the fans admired right away because of his talent to be extremely funny on the microphone and cut some of the funniest, most disgusting lines ever mentioned on WWF TV. His talent in the ring was spot-on, and the Rock would always give the people everything he had when it came time to step in the ring and compete. He rarely made a mistake in the ring... but he made a HUGE mistake stepping away from wrestling and walking down the path to Hollywood.
It's not that Doom is really a bad movie. Sure, it was a movie considered a disappointment right from the get go because no one wanted to watch it at the movie theaters. It's just a normal, monster-shooting film that delivers a tiny amount of suspense, and that's it. I'm sure the movie would've been big had it been released 10 years ago. Todays generation is probably sick of go-nowhere do-nothing action films such as Doom. Okay, so it DOES go somewhere, but the film isn't really designed to build to an awe-inspiring creative story.
Doom is the kind of movie you don't really want to seek out- you just happen to come across it at the video store and decide you need a quick 90-minute action fix, so you rent the movie, watch it, and then forget about it the next morning. Of course, I'm sure you don't forget to rewind the tape because that's impolite.
The Rock never should have left wrestling. It was a bad career move and the millions of wrestling fans (and the Rock means MILLIONS) really miss him. Come back home, Rock. Please....more info
- For Lovers of Video Games
DOOM, believe it or not, is based on a video game! With all the literature of the world, all the fine screenplays that are stacked on the shelves, all the creative stories that languish in the 'not for profit probably' bins, it seems a raw commentary on today's movie audiences to spend millions of dollars on a game everyone who cares already knows. But, movies are business and box office demands take precedence.
As the narrator of the film states, 'In the year 2026 archaeologists working in the Nevada desert discovered a portal to an ancient city on Mars. They call this portal the Ark. Twenty years later, we're still struggling to understand why it was built and what happened to the civilization that built it' is the apparent 'story'. What follows is a series of conflicts between killers transforming into beasts right out of Hieronymous Bosch and Francis Bacon only to bloody up the claustrophobic computer generated interiors with occasional transmogrifications into mercurial clouds only to reappear. Much slaughter, much eye dazzling color manipulation, and ever so little story line fill the screen. The participants in this real time game are The Rock (he needs a role that uses his talent), hunky Karl Urban, Dexter Fletcher, Rosamond Pike, and Richard Brake - all squashed around the set by director and head gladiator Andrej Bartkowiak.
Though not meant to be, this film can actually be fun to watch as a hilarious parody of scientific world events. Visually and content-wise it wears thin after about a half hour. Grady Harp, November 06
- Fun, entertaining, surprisingly well done.
Okay so it's not Shakespeare and die-hard DOOM freaks might be a little disappointed...however if you want to watch a very entertaining, surprisingly decently acted action movie DOOM will NOT disappoint. I never cared to watch this picture when it was in the theater and even soon after it came out on DVD but after catching the end of it on T.V. I had to purchase the dvd and it is really a good time. Give it a shot....more info
- OK, let's split up, and keep the lights off so we can't see...
"But Sarge, shouldn't we stick together? And turn the lights on so we can see them before they kill us?"
"No, kid, that's just what they expect us to do. Besides, see the run time? There's still more than an hour to go in this flick. If we win quickly and easily, like we would if you had your way, this movie would only be 20 minutes long. How's the studio supposed to sell that?"
"But Sarge, even though it's dark down here for some reason, you turned the lights on back in that room. The lights obviously work. Won't the audience notice that discrepancy?"
"Kid, the producers and dirctor missed it during editing. The audience will too. You think the audience is smarter than the producer and director?"
"I dunno, Sarge, I got a bad feeling about this movie. I mean, here it is 40 minutes in, and the only thing w've done is shoot the people we were sent in to save, and been scared witless by a dog, a mouse and a monkey. Well, if the dramatic music hadn't blared each of those times, we wouldn't have been scared, come to think of it. Is there ever going to be some point to all this?"
"Yeah. Money. Money is the point of all this, kid."
"Sarge! This is Johnny! Are you there?"
"Yeah, I'm here, Johnny. Where are you?"
"Sarge, I'm in the tunnel. Something was creeping up on me, and my flashlight went out right then! Can I turn the lights on? The switch is right here. Then I can see and not get killed! How bout it, Sarge?"
"No way, Johnny. If we turn the lights on, we can see them and we can shoot them. Game over, movie over. Capiche, Johnny? Johnny? Oh well, looks like the reviewer is giving up anyway. We, that's 50 minutes of his life he won't ever get back. Better not give us 1 star."
- My first review was too harsh (2.5 stars)
When I first wrote a review for this movie I will confess that I was angry that it did not have any demons or evil monsters from hell, but upon further review I must take back my previous opinion, and say that though Doom the movie does not carry the spirit of doom into it it is still a pretty good movie. I believe that if the movie had been more original then I would have liked it (except for the first person part of the movie wich is why the rating is not higher aside from not being original). Overall as much as I hate to admit it this is a pretty good movie and worth watching (yes this is leaving a bad taste in my mouth) so go ahead and watch it it is by no standard the best video game based movie ever but decent overall.
SORRY ABOUT MY FIRST REVIEW....more info
- Don't shoot the screen, it's a movie!
Well, this game... I mean, this movie is about... there are a group of... sorry. Don't waste your time. Nothing to see. Even my boy, after seen the movie, decided to put the game on the shelf, without finishing it!...more info
- Illogical and Uneventful!
Like most adaptations of comic books and video games, Doom has some great ideas but has no idea what to do with them, so it inevitably does nothing whatsoever. This is a movie that has no aspirations whatsoever. In most cases, at least a film of this nature will try to full the audience into appreciating it by incorporating cheesy special effects. Doom doesn't even go that far; I think we've reached a point in Western Civilization where if you know the audience isn't coming to see unique characters, social commentary, or intriguing plot, you should at least satisfy them with something more than men in a rubber suit. No, they give us a single interesting CGI creature and then have a desultory, one-on-one showdown between two humans. This kind of climax is more appropriate, more befitting, and certainly more entertaining when it happens among the tumbleweeds of Main Street in a Western.
Logically, little makes sense. Why are there ultra-modernized hallways interspersed with lugubrious, outdated hallways? Why do the monsters only seem interested in spending time in the spooky hallways? After seeing the carnage of one BFG blast, why would anyone think about firing it a second time when he is in an artificial environment on a planet with a poisonous atmosphere? Doesn't an extra chromosome cause Down Syndrome? But I guess all of this isn't very important, since the plot is fairly irrelevant anyway. The characters are stock. And they certainly don't behave with anything resembling practical psychology. Simply put: I don't believe in them. Would Samantha really be so open-minded about Duke's repulsive come-ons? Would the Sarge, who was so considerate as to request Grimm to remain on Earth, really have the change of character that the film depicts? I don't see the connection. Perhaps you can explain it to me.
Ultimately, I knew I was in for disappointment when the characters were already maneuvering through dark hallways, chased by elusive shadows, and firing at nonexistent enemies while the movie was only twenty minutes old. I quickly realized that the plot couldn't go in too many new directions if this was already happening. But then, like most video games, that's all the matters. The first person experience is interesting, but it is only a gimmick. And the whole mutation, evolution, monsterization plotline has been done before in countless zombie movies and video game movies; two months from now, I won't be able to separate the plots of Doom and Resident Evil in my mind. This is, simply put, a film that follows all the stereotypes of an existent genre, without producing anything better than or even on par with its predecessors.
- Well, I enjoyed it. =)
I was sceptic as most before seeing this movie. Personally, I would have rather watched a funny flick. But once I saw the first monster it started rocking my socks. The plot line does stray away but yet not too far from the original computer game. I would say that this movie is "based" on the game doom but is not a reenactment. Most people are probably expecting the movie to rekindle old memories of the computer game. One part of the movie makes you think of the actually game. But overall as a heads up, you will be disappointed. As for me I loved this movie just because of the action and the fight scenes. It really thrilled me. If you really don't care to see a game based movie at least watch this one for it's sheer action. Also, it makes you kind of think...would you turn into a monster if you were in the movie? Would you kill innocent people that had been infected even if they could be saved? HAHAHA The movie makes you think about that and it's cool in that aspect! =P The extras on the DVD aren't half bad either if you get the two disc edition. ...more info
- Worst video game movie
We rented this movie, knowing it wouldn't be an Oscar winner or anything. I've seen some bad movies based on video games and comic books, but this took the cake. It was so lame! We thought it would at least be entertaining...no luck there. The best part about it was when it ended. What a relief! ...more info
- A Fun and Action packed thrill ride to Mars and back!
Dwayne Johnson(The Rock) and Karl Urban star in a movie adaption of the ultra popular video game of the same name;and surprisingly it works very well.
The Rock,known only here as The Sarge,is one hard nosed,by the book soldier.It seems there is a level 5 security breech at Olduvai Research Station situated on the planet Mars.It's supposed to be an archeological- only dig but a very selective virus has managed to infect several members of the site team.It's up to the Sarge,his right hand man John(Urban) and the rest of the military team to go to Mars and shut down and contain the breech.To get there all must travel through the "ark".This is,for lack of a better description,like a watery ball that comes up out of the middle of the floor and when one stands close enough,one gets sucked into and transported directly to the Mars site.
Once the entire team arrives the adrenaline starts pumping for them and for us.They make their way methodically through the site labs,meeting up with scientist(and Urbans' sister) Samantha(Rosamund Pike).They go room by room and area by area until they start making contact with the "breech".As they "eliminate" one breech another eventually appears.It seems the lead scientists they are seeking are the ones responsible for much of the trouble and are infecting each other,but before they can fully comprehend this they are up to their elbows in trouble.
The Sarge,unbeknownst to the others and even himself,gets infected early on by coming in contact with comtaminated blood.As things progress his behaviour becomes more and more agressive and erratic until he orders the murder of innocent and uninfected scientists and their families and even shoots one of his own rookie soldiers.During one of the last attacks on the surviving group Urban is injured and the Sarge is taken away.In order to save her brother Samantha injects him with C-24,which is a serum derived from the ancient indigenous population of Mars who have 24 chromosomes.This has the effect of not only saving his life but heightening and enhancing his physical and mental abilities to an unheard of degree.By this time The Sarge returns pretty much converted into one of the monsters they originally came to hunt down.A battle royale ensues which ends up back on Earth,but fortunately for the moment is still contained below ground.It is a back and forth fight for life, but the Sarge is sent back to Mars with a live grenade in hot pursuit,which destroys him.
The movie does a good job of keeping the atmosphere dark and gloomy throughout its' 113 minutes and once the group lands on Mars the paranoic level remains high.It is so good in fact that it helps gloss over the weak spots that appear along the way,dialogue or plot related.
One nice spot comes at approximately the 90 minute mark where for about five minutes the movie reverts to its' gamer roots and turns into a FPS(first person shooter) demo.We become Urban,whose rifle in the foreground snakes through the corridors and around corners shooting and killing each and every creature it comes into contact with.You almost wish you had a controller in your hand to take control of the action on the screen!
This unrated and extended edition DVD includes several mini docs on the making of the movie,an extended FPS secquence,tips for playing the real game and if you have an X-Box you can play the Doom 3 demo right from this disc!
Presented in a clear and clean anamorphic 2:35:1 ratio,this movie is a heart thumping,testosterone filled 113 minute thrill ride that is bound to please.There are no moral imperatives here or lessons to be learned or multi plot twists to unravel.You just sit back and let the movie wash over you and let it do what it was intended to do.
Don't think.....just watch! ...more info
- OK... but then again
For all Doom afectionados, this movie is NOT what you'd expect.
If you were expecting the Hell version of Doom, forget it. I was quite disappointed in the logic behind not using the game theme. Medical experimentation gone awry has been done so many times, some quite well such as Resident Evil, and some not.
So why not just say that in the excavation of the moon, a portal was opened allowing alien demons to come forth? Sounds too simple to me and yet it was not done that way.
So much for the Doom story.
As for the movie? It was actually enjoyable. If you know nothing of Doom, this movie actually works. The special effects were quite good.
The acting was half way decent. The Rock did a good job, as did Karl Urban. So if you are looking for a thrilling sci-fi gore fest, this may please you and the story line does work, but not for the Doomsters out there.
- ...its ok
This movie would probably be pretty awesome if you had no idea what the game Doom was about or have never played it. Overall its not a bad movie. Its just a failed attempt to create a movie from a video game story. In the game, researchers are doing experiments dealing with the planet Mars and they manage to open a portal to hell. Thats an absolutly terrifying story that would make for a great movie. But no. They had to go and change it to some sort of experiments that had nothing to do with hell. I just think it would have been much better is they would have left it alone. The cast isn't bad. The Rock I think did very well in it. The first person scene was pretty cool as well. Overall good movie. Just a bad transition from a video game to the big screen. I mean it could have been worse. Uwe Boll could have made it......more info
- Three stars for the movie, one star for the body
First off, beginning with the Rock sitting at a desk shirtless is a darn fine piece of cinema. Then again, anything that involves the Rock and a naked portion of his anatomy is a fine piece...of cinema.
And a movie too! Not a great movie, mind you, but still...those muscles, those beautiful white teeth, tho...oh, you wanted a review ON THE MOVIE. Well, jeez, why didn't you say so.
Let's see: Genetic Mutation. Words that are music to my ears. Of course, put genetic mutation and an incredible body in the same film and I'm certainly gonna be there. Honestly, this movie isn't as bad as it could be. The acting is pretty good, the special effects are passable, the story line is resonable, the Rock looks good. Really, really good.
I liked the method of travel to Mars. I loved the nano door to the lab. Don't think I've ever see anything like it so between the 'ark' and the door, give 'em a few points for originality. Of course, you knew something was gonna get stuck in it before it was over. I liked a couple of the soldiers and was sorry when they got killed. We all cracked up when we realized one of the monsters was the guy in the wheelchair, not to sound heartless.
This isn't an over the top, great work. It only gets the four stars cuz Dwayne looks so darn good in it. I'd have done the same for Diesel. Normally, I'd say let the kiddies have it but they really went overboard on the language. I mean, would it have hurt the film to eliminate the word "f**k"? Truly the word was vastly overworked here and parents are gonna start cringing before it's over if they're watching it with their children.
Aside from that, it's a fun place to be for a brief time. Rent or buy, no difference, especially if you get a good deal. ...more info
- Where's the Light Switch?
With the $70-million that was spent on the 2005 video-game-inspired film "Doom", you'd think that director Andrzej Bartkowiak would have used better lighting so that the audience could actually see what was going on more clearly. On second thought, given that this predictable film was little more than 100 minutes of "shoot the mutants", it's pretty clear that Mr. Bartkowiak may have kept the lights dim in a dismal attempt to avoid personal embarrassment. As to the film's plot, it can be summarized in a single sentence: a group of ¨¹ber-soldiers lead by their "Sarge" (played by The Rock) travel to Mars to stop a bunch of scientists that have inadvertently transformed themselves into flesh-eating mutants after injecting a criminal with DNA recovered from ancient humanoid fossils found in a Martian archaeological dig. So, there's tons of shooting, a lot of screams, gallons of fake blood & guts being tossed about, a Martian sewer and a teleportation device that looks like a small-scale version of "The Sphere". Others who starred in this forgettable rubbish include Karl Urban (¨¹ber-soldier John Grimm) and Rosamund Pike (as John Grimm's sister named Sam). Why these two actors would stoop so low as to participate in "Doom" defies logic.
To anyone who actually paid good money to watch this 1-star film in a theater, you have my deepest sympathy. To anyone thinking of purchasing a copy of "Doom" on DVD, please notice that there are a ton of used copies available for very a cheap price. That alone should tell you how "good" this film is....more info
- Here's the proper credit for Doom
Pathetic. Almost as bad as Bloodrayne. It would seem Andrzej Bartkowiak knew nothing of the game. Altough I did not go into this expecting it to be "spot on" with the story-line of the game, they could have at least tried to make the attempt. The creators of Doom the game deserved better than this movie....more info