I love movies. I love video games. Why is it that when the two come together it results in pure evil?
Doom is the latest casualty in the game to film transition. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Karl “Eomer of Rohan” Urban as Marines
sent to a research center on Mars. And as it says in the advertising: “Hell Breaks Loose”… in more ways than one.
I won’t bore you with the plot (that’s what the movie is for). Doom is nothing more than a cookie cutter monster thriller with your standard
furious action sequences and endless boo-scares.
What makes Doom slightly better than Alone in the Dark or Resident Evil is that it provides some nostalgia and does a decent job of
recreating the game. The production design and over-the-top metal score are accurate, but don’t help the movie in its own sense.
There is also a lengthy first person sequence toward the end of the film that is kind of fun in a cheesy way and I almost wish more of the film
had this wacky tone.
If you aren’t a gamer, however, I can’t imagine that this film is even bearable. Not that it’s worth seeing if you’ve played the game, don’t get
Far too much of the film is spent creeping through repetitive sets while nothing at all happens. When the action does kick in, it is
impossible to follow due to the incomprehensibly dark photography.
It’s kind of sad that the best shot in the movie is that the Earth in the Universal logo has been replaced with Mars.
The talented cast is reduced to clichéd one-liners and mind dulling exposition. They seem about half interested in the movie.
This movie was doomed (sorry, couldn’t resist) from the beginning. The very concept of the story here is so average and typical that it’s
clear that the film wasn’t made to be good, but to just be made.
I eagerly wait for the day when a video game film gets a decent treatment. I’m getting really sick of critics using the: “game over” quote as
(out of four)
Directed by: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Written by: Dave Callaham and Wesley Strick
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike,
Ben Daniels, Razaaq Adoti, Richard Brake
Cinematography by: Tony Pierce-Roberts
Music by: Clint Mansell
Released: October 21, 2005; 100 Minutes