Doom (2005)

A research facility on Mars is over ran by something that isn’t human. It’s up to a group of Marines led by The Sarge (The Rock) to make sure nothing gets out of Mars alive.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Cast: The Rock, Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Richard Brake, Razaaq Adoti, Al Weaver

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence/gore and language

Fun Fact: The Rock was offered Karl Urban’s role at first but, decided on the Sarge role because he thought it was more interesting.

Doom is a 2005 film based on the popular video game series that came out in the 90’s. The interesting thing about this one is that it’s obvious why it was made. Most choices in video game adaptations are because the material chosen are easy to make. It’s a simple first-person shooter game so you can make anything out of it.

The problem with Doom is that it’s a technical disaster. I’m being completely honest that you are better off turning off all your lights and staring at your wall. You won’t be able to see much going on because it’s too dark. The filmmakers did use mostly practical effects and it would’ve been great to see them but, instead we can’t really see what’s going on because it’s too dark. A thing that makes the game what it was is the first-person aspect of it. The film does a long first-person scene that comes off bad. It’s badly shot and some of the deaths to the monsters are laughable. A bold attempt for a tribute that didn’t work out.

Every film needs characters that you can get behind and want to root for. Well Doom suffers from the Alien franchise character syndrome. You throw in a bunch of characters that really don’t matter because you know most of them will be killed off. Karl Urban just felt like he was there and not much else. I like Karl Urban but, this just felt like he wasn’t really that into it so to speak. With The Rock in it you could tell this was a film that was to launch more of his movie career. The only character I really remembered was Richard Brake’s. He got quite a bit of screen time and had a lot of lines.

Overall Doom is a poorly made attempt at a video game adaptation. It’s a technical disaster, has poor characters, and only exists because it was easy to make.

Verdict: Miss

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