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Doom (2005)

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19

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 105

Sure to please fans of the video game, but lacking in plot and originality to please other moviegoers.

18

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 23

Sure to please fans of the video game, but lacking in plot and originality to please other moviegoers.

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 332,574

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One of the most popular and influential video games ever makes its way to the big screen in this sci-fi thriller. A coalition of Earth's scientific and military interests have established a research colony called Olduvai on the planet Mars, but one day all communication from the outpost stops and no one can tell what has happened -- though the final messages suggest it's not good. Believing foul play may have overtaken Olduvai's crew, the Rapid Response Tactical Squad, a team of specially

Feb 7, 2006

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All Critics (133) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (105) | DVD (35)

If gaming is about playing, why would a gamer want to watch movies like this?

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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[A] dark, violent, nerve-wracking, trigger-giddy waste of time.

December 6, 2005 | Comment (1)
Philadelphia Inquirer
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... shows less human dimension than the new Wallace and Gromit movie.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Doom plays like a third-generation knock-off.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Yes, Doom is a bad movie but you already knew that.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The performances are awful, the action sequences are impossible to follow, the violence is gratuitous, the lighting is bad and I have my doubts that catering truck was even up to snuff on this project.

October 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Just feels like The Rock marking time and paying more dues until the more interesting and challenging offers come his way.

July 25, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The long, long in development film adaptation of the classic video game shooter, Doom is a decent enough action film as long as you don't expect too much out of it.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Just your basic Aliens rip-off with the name of a formerly popular video game franchise tacked on it.

June 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Comments (2)
Three Movie Buffs

A bland lifeless piece of science fiction fodder that really doesn't pay homage to the game.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Roger Ebert put it best, "Doom is like some kid came over and is using your computer and won't let you play."

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A nifty piece of low-ambition entertainment that knows exactly what it is, and delivers fairly well on its promises.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

for a movie based on a video game, it brings what it promises

July 5, 2008 | Comment (1)

There's no rule that videogame movies have to be idiotic. And there's no rule that action-horror flicks need be dumb.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Who knew that a life-and-death struggle in the dark with psychotic hybrids could end up being so bland?

July 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The filmmakers produced a mindless action movie that isn't mindless enough.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Doom is irritating enough to make you blow off some steam by spending a couple hours gunning down demons.

October 11, 2006 | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

This actually isn't as bad as it could have been. That's not high praise.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

What might have made for exciting action scenes tend to become mechanical exercises in first-person-shooter monster-blasting.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

the final act is worth the price of admission for fans of the game. All things considered, though, I'd much rather just be playing the game.

March 27, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

I kept expecting the "Game Over" message to flash up, but it never did.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

This is fun, but not as much fun as just playing Doom.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Charmless and brainless.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Will never be any better than average, but we were always promised unapologetic, violent, action-oriented fun and so if you go in with that in mind you'd have to have a stone-cold heart not to have a blast.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

... a guilty pleasure.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com
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Audience Reviews for Doom

An entire film designed around getting to the climax, the POV action shots in the final minutes of the film ... replicating the video game that inspired this Aliens clone. Considering the source then, and the desired audience, well, it doesn't come off so badly.
September 21, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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We all know the game and how iconic it is, this film adaptation is less than iconic. Not that its a bad film though, surprisingly it keeps to the original source material and is actually made for adults only, one of its better qualities.

The plot flies close to the actual game story within the manual with certain aspects like the Mars location, teleportation experiments and the 'UAC' corporation. From there on the film goes off on its own tangent which encompasses all manner of regular sci-fi cliches. Alien remains found on Mars with extra chromosomes allow humans to become immune to disease and heal faster, experimentation's on subjects cause them to mutate into monsters which of course break free and kill everyone.

The really silly part is the fact that once inside a human host these alien chromosomes somehow are able to choose whether or not to turn the host into a monster or superhuman. It does this by determining how evil the host is or if the host has the capacity to be evil, indeed.

This basically gives the excuse for lots of undead like space zombies which I hated. So so so unoriginal and completely cliched sci-fi/horror, humans becoming the walking dead *yawn!*. The videogame is mainly about demons and monsters coming through a portal from hell I think, end of the day its more about monsters than undead humans. The disappointing aspect of the film for me was the fact that all the creatures seemed to be merely mutated humans and not real monsters from another world or dimension.

The disappointing plot changes aside the film isn't too bad really. Of course it plays exactly like 'Aliens' from the point of the marines (what sci-fi film with soldiers doesn't) and offers the usual over the top macho nonsense you might expect. The character names are all quite amusing and again totally cliched, but admittedly its based on a videogame so I guess they adhere to that well...'Reaper' 'Destroyer' 'Duke' 'The Kid' etc...
It always amuses me how these type of films include a 'Hudson' character, its like common practice now to do this. The character of 'Portman' is easily the 'Hudson' copy here, more of a perverted creepy womaniser this time but he still has that rebellious loose cannon characteristic which makes him the best guy to watch. Richard Brake portrays 'Portman' and am I the only one thinking he could make a brilliant 'Joker' the way he looks in this film?.

Rest of the cast are all your regular types with nothing much to hold your attention. Dwayne Johnson as the 'Sarge' is reasonable but not quite the face you need for this really, the guy is too nice. Early role for Urban here and he looks a bit chubby to me hehe.

Core of the film is effects and horror and whether it could pull it off. In my opinion it does pull it off just about and offers a decent slice of sci-fi action and gore. The film isn't top heavy with blood but it does get going from the midway point with some nice monster designs, slow increase of profanity and of course the classic 'FPS' sequence towards the end which is very nicely done and dare I say quite cool.

Not the overblown CGI fest you might have expected! yes I'm amazed too. Most of the creatures are men in rubber suits and detailed mockups which do look pretty good courtesy of Stan Winston's creature shop. Clearly effort was made to go down the 'Alien' route rather than the current trend and I applaud that.
Its a run of the mill standard gun totting action flick grounded within the common sci-fi setting of steel corridors and medi labs. It has its moments and is certainly not as bad as you might have expected, it beats 'Resident Evil' easily.
July 16, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

No one gets out alive.

Not so good! The video game let's just say it's far better than this cheap imitation of a movie. The acting was horrendous and the plot was just dumb and weak, there were no key points in this movie that made you even change emotion. Watch at own risk.

Based on the popular video game. In the not too distant future, humans have successfully colonized the planet Mars. Here scientists were experimenting on naturally occurring substances and using the colonizing humans as guinea pigs. The experiment went horribly wrong. Now, a group of marines and a scientist named Samantha Grimm are going to find out what happened. They teleport to Mars via a system known as the "Arch". What they find are gruesome monsters hell bent on death and destruction. Samantha's brother John is also one of the marines sent to Mars to help.
April 11, 2012
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Manu Gino

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Wow, it smells like cheese.
September 30, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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    1. Samantha Grimm: You could have spent your life looking down a microscope instead of a sniperscope.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. John Grimm: You better watch you mouth, you flippy flappy piece of boom boom. I've known you since you were born and you were a snake baby back then. Snake babies can't drink mad dog 20 20. Nuh uh, sure can't ya fiddle stick munching thumb sitter.
    – Submitted by Aaron S (18 months ago)
    1. John Grimm: It was his first mission!
    2. Sarge: And it is not going to be my last. I need soldiers. I don't need anybody else but soldiers.
    – Submitted by Wesley W (24 months ago)
    1. Goat: Touch it!
    – Submitted by Scott M (2 years ago)
    1. Sarge: It's Olduvai...
    – Submitted by Si B (2 years ago)
    1. Sarge: Kill em all, let god sort them out.
    – Submitted by Alex D (2 years ago)
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