A team of Space Marines are sent to Mars to investigate a
research facility and find themselves fighting vicious monsters.
Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak
Written by Dave Callaham and Wesley Strick
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike,
Richard Brake, Deobia Oparei, Al Weaver, Razaaq Adoti,
Dexter Fletcher, Ben Daniels, Brian Steele, Doug Jones
Based on the videogame by ID Software
Doom was a cool take on the old school PC favorite that I used to play. The Rock is a cool ubiquitous bad guy and the whole "first person shooter" thing they do near the end is super cool. That being said, the film pretty much sucks in the department of story and character development.
It's films like Doom that diminish any hope for a good, well-adapted videogame movie. With every stupid one-liner spouted out by The Rock, we lose a little bit of that potential future. Still, if you're looking for a mindless action flick with a silly undertone, I guess this is your film.
Doom was a fun, cheesy movie that features a very unique take on the original video game it's based on. The film features a decent amount of items from the game like the demons the Space Marines fight, the "first person shooter" segment near the end, and the BFG. Besides that, there's not a whole bunch that carried over. Mainly, the whole portal to Hell being opened up. Instead, the film goes with a genetic experiment gone wrong concept. Not as original, or exciting.
The acting in this film is across the board. Karl Urban does his best with what he is given. Same goes for Rosamund Pike. The Rock, on the other hand, does his best, but spends most of the film spitting out one liners and intense staring. The rest of the cast is largely forgettable.
While this isn't the greatest film ever made, I will say that I actually enjoy it a little. The film does at least move at a brisk pace and features some fun, mindless action along the way. For a movie as cheesy as this is, it's still a decent amount of fun.