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Doom (2005)



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

Movie Info

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 trained military personnel, are deployed to investigate the situation and, if necessary, eliminate the invaders. But Sarge (Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock) and Reaper (Karl Urban), leaders of the RRTS team, soon discover the situation is far more grim than they could have imagined. An experiment on Olduvai has very literally opened a portal to Hades, and a variety of savage and demonic creatures have overtaken the colony. Now the RRTS must seal off Olduvai, close off any access to Earth, and exterminate the satanic beasts before they can kill again. Doom also stars Rosamund Pike (as Dr. Grimm), Dexter Fletcher, Ben Daniels, and Deobia Oparei. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong violence/gore and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Dave Callaham, Wesley Strick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 7, 2006
Box Office: $28.0M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Karl Urban
as John Grimm
Rosamund Pike
as Samantha Grimm
Deobia Oparei
as Destroyer
Al Weaver
as The Kid
Brian Steele
as Hell Knight
Robert Russell
as Dr. Carmack
Daniel York
as Lt. Huengs
Ian Hughes
as Sandford Crosby
Sara Houghton
as Dr. Jenna Willits
Blanka Jarosova
as Dr. Hillary Tallman
Vladislav Dyntera
as Dr. Steve Willits
Petr Hnetkovsky
as Dr. Olsen
Jaroslav Psenicka
as Dr. Thurman
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Critic Reviews for Doom

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (28)

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

[A] dark, violent, nerve-wracking, trigger-giddy waste of time.

December 6, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Just feels like The Rock marking time and paying more dues until the more interesting and challenging offers come his way.

Full Review… | July 25, 2012

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.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

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

Full Review… | June 14, 2010
Three Movie Buffs

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Doom


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 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.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Based off the video game with the same name, Andrzej Bartkowiak's Doom is adapted simply and nicely.

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.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Doom Quotes

Samantha Grimm: You could have spent your life looking down a microscope instead of a sniperscope.
– Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
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 (3 years ago)
John Grimm: It was his first mission!
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 (3 years ago)
Goat: Touch it!
– Submitted by Scott M (3 years ago)

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