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 clone 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.
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.
There isn't much behind this 105 minute story. The back-story and character buildup is in limited quantities and there is a stretch in the early going that is tedious; however, the film manages to entertain.
The dark atmosphere, while providing an appropriate setting for its creature fest, is lacking in its scare tactics. The CG is a plus and the nicely crafted first-person sequence is absolutely note-worthy.
The Rock's performance is lacking, although it does improve by its finale. Karl Urban and Rosamund Pike are acceptable casting choices. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast is forgettable.
Doom is in no ways a perfect production, yet it comes together as a successful game to film adaptation. Three letters, BFG.
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.
Not as bad as what I have been told, But a pretty poor adaption to another video game movie that is untrue to the game. If I remember right I played Doom 3 once and it scared the shit out of me with those monster like creatures, I nearly killed my brother, but the movie is pretty bad when it comes to the story being very untrue to any fans out there.
If you're not familiar with the video games, they were the first ever (FPS) with 3D graphics and moving ability. Then it was followed by House of the Dead, The light Gun video game and the worst adaption of all time.
In the year 2046 Mankind has successfully colonized mars but Something has gone wrong in the UAC research facility, and the staff are becoming something unimaginable. All research has ceased and the facility has been placed in quarantine. Dr. Samantha Grimm have called in an elite squad of soldiers led by Sarge and includes Samantha's twin brother, John Grimm. No one is safe inside. As the team advance through the facility, and as they are picked off one-by-one, Dr. Grimm has one question: What exactly has caused this?
Best part about the entire film that is worth watching and kept people watching is the "FIRST PERSON SHOOTER SCENE" with Karl Urban shooting all the monsters. If I can remember they were otherworldly creatures from the games....This movie kind of follows Resident Evil a bit.
40% for Story: Yeah very Untrue to the games by Far, Some entertaining action scenes but that's truly just about it. It mostly follows what Resident Evil did but with more Hard-Core mutants.
60% for Acting: Karl Urban was okay, but the others I was mixed on with their dull performances and overacting abilities. I don't know the rest were okay that's why it gets a 60%.
60% for Characters: Well there likeable that's it really, There nothing special besides are funny ones...
80% for Special Effects: They look really good and the monsters are untrue but they still look cool. I can't argue this is the best part about the movie and they are realistic and extremely believable.
60% for everything else: Creepy dark corridors I guess, Rooms, Places, Music is bad, Nice scenery to mars but that's it really.
If you're a fan of Horror or the games I think it's just a miss. I am in luck I gave it a 60%.
Keiko's score 60-100
Starring: Karl Urban, The Rock, Rosamund Pike, Ben Daniels, Razaaq Adoti.
I am a very big Doom fan, I don't play the games as much anymore, but I will always stay a fan, I followed this film nearly everyday during pre-production, through every up and down and yet I still stayed excited enough no matter what....I even left the theater the first time happy with what I saw for some very strange reason, I guess because it was something I wanted to see and I was happy no matter what....now I am here to properly review it from the Unrated Directors Cut.
Video-game adaptions are extremely difficult to adapt, there storyline usually isn't something that can be transferred to cinema, there has only ever been one true adaption made only for the fans (Silent Hill) and this film completely fails, although its heart was in the right place. The main problem was the screenwriter. Newbie David Callaham thought it would be best to completely change the storyline of the game for the big screen, to appeal more to a wider audience.....yet the last time I checked, elements of hell in films was very popular among many. The new plot is completely retarded, obviously he never took logic or science into mind when writing the script, he introduces that a 24th chromesome in a human makes them super strong and super fast......did he forget down syndrome? He also made the mistake of trying to please the fans as best he could by adding scenes that would remind people of the game, making everything an incoherent mess, not to mention every cardboard character added. The acting is also extremely below-par, with The Rock giving a completely one-note performance, trying to show the so-called 'range' of his characters by stretching my mouth muscles and being wide eyed throughout the entire film trying to act tough, he should have never stepped foot on a film set, Karl Urban has the potential to be a leading man and I think he would do great in a Doom 2 if made correctly, but here he has only moments and its mainly due to the atrocious dialogue and average direction.
But away from that, the movie does have its highpoints, the set design is amazing and authentic to Doom 3, the cinematography is dark, gloomy and respectable to the game, the director, although not exactly the best, tries his best to capture the essence of the game, failing miserably a majority of the time, but succeeding once or twice in some memorable scenes. The creature design is great, although of course I miss the monsters from the game and the score certainly put a smile on my face, reminding me of the many hours I played Doom with that music up loud.
If I had the chance to make Doom 2, I would keep in mind that the fans don't necessarily want a copy and paste of the game, but they do want the essence and the elements of the game, something this film lacked badly. A disappointment.