|Formats:||15 DVD, 18 Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Dwayne Johnson, Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Ben Daniels, Dhobi Oparei|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Apr 2006|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Not What It Could've beenBy katanaman from Cheshire , 09 Apr 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]This film could've worked so much better if they'd stuck to the idea of the games.
A typical thing to say as a fan of the games, I know.
The film starts quite well, with quite a good cast really, and with a few subtle references to the games eg, the coloured doors. However, when the film is half way through, and the plot has been explained. That's when it goes downhill. As it turns out, all the monsters are actually mutations due to a bad reaction to a genetic experiment.
Sound like Resident Evil at all?
The monsters resemble those of Doom 3 in looks only, they can't throw any fireballs though. I would have thought they film makers would have stuck to the idea that they were an invasion force from Hell, which would have been better. The part where all types of chaos breaks out only happens in the form of a first person (complete with the hovering gun from the games) for about 15 mins.
I my mind, that doesn't seem to do the Doom name justice.
If you're curious, and after a film where you can pretty much take your brain out and put it on one side for an hour and a half, then this is it. That's only my oppinion though, and so I leave you to decide on it.
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Silly funBy TechnoHippy (108 reviews) , 04 Aug 2013I know I'm not supposed to like this film, but I do. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. Sure it's a poor adaptation of the game, it's quite reminiscent of Doom 3, which isn't great as that was the worst of the games. The biggest problem is that it lost the core point of the game. Still as a film it's a fun watch. Yes it's very silly, but reasonably entertaining as an action sci-fi horror. The team of marines are suitably butch, it's fast paced and has some good set pieces. Don't get me wrong, this is far from a great film, but it's entertaining enough.
Cookie Cutter movie with extra slimeBy Silkvelvet (21 reviews) , 10 Feb 2013Boring boring boring. I managed to get through 40 minutes of this movie before I started fast-forwarding, it took me 10 to get through to the end. It was so by the numbers, from the dialogue to the timing and even set placement. REminds me of the A-Team tv series funnily enough.
I hope the makers of this movie are suitably ashamed, it's drivel like this that give the sci-fi genre a really bad name.
Interesting film-making at the end, but too predictable (in every aspect) to likeBy a customer , 25 Aug 2012Better acting than I expected, and I was pleased that the soldiers actually act like soldiers (i. e. they follow orders).
The action sequence towards the end did something very novel in terms of film making (but since it's the only bit of the film I really enjoyed, I won't spoil it here). If they'd shot the whole film in that way I'd have been much happier.
What let the film down was the really predictable premise and 'plot' progression. You know what's coming 20-30min before they show it, and apart from 10min at the end of the film the way they show it was not interesting either.
In every other respect I was pleasantly surprised - acting was much better than I would expect for a B movie, characters were a lot less pronounced (and thus irritating) than I've come to expect from spectacle films, and they way they interacted with each other was believable (given the premise..).
could've been betterBy a customer , 21 May 2012it was okay film to me could've been better. probs recommend it to my cousin who is gamer. he would understand more than me
Good, if shallow, fun.By Sharlock (13 reviews) , 28 Apr 2012I'm not a computer gamer, so I don't know how close this comes as representative of Doom, the game. Every single one of the strike force sent to Mars to investigate the problem is a cliche, but I imagine the characterisation in the actual game is somewhat minimal, too.
Having said that, the film was ok, nothing to make you think too hard, just a sub-Resident Evil monster hunt. It passed an hour and a half in a mindless, entertaining way.
On the down side, the normally-irresistable Rosamund Pike fails to convince with her American accent, but is otherwise ok.
The highlight, as I imagine it would have to be, is a sequence evoking the actual game, which at least made me smile.
Basically, this is a fairly average bug hunt scenario, set in the near future (2046, according to the intro), with cardboard cutout characters that are probably played deliberately straight to ensure the film stays true to the game.
Good fun, if you're not into thinking too deeply about what you're watching.