Something has gone wrong at a remote scientific research station on Mars. All research has ceased. Communication has failed. And the messages that do get through are less than comforting. It's a level 5 quarantine and the only souls allowed in or out are the Rapid Response Tactical Squad - hardened Marines armed to the teeth with enough firepower to neutralize the enemy...or so they think.Written by
The film's setting is an archaeological dig at "Olduvai" on Mars. Earth's Olduvai Gorge contains some of the earliest human and hominid (pre-human) remains and artifacts. This was the setting for the opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). See more »
When The Kid asks Portman for the "Game Face" Pills: when Portman drops the pills into Kid's hand, all but the 2 that drop out are glued securely inside the bottle. See more »
In the year 2026 archaeologists working in the Nevada desert discovered a portal to an ancient city on Mars. They call this portal the Ark. Twenty years later, we're still struggling to understand why it was built and what happened to the civilization that built it.
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SPOILER: When the end credits for the actors are shown, the survivors' names exit through doors. All other names (those who die) are blown up by the shooter in the FPS perspective. See more »
The unrated version of Doom contains scenes not in the original film, including:
Portland and The Kid finding Dr. Tallman in a locker room
Sarge briefing the team on the helicopter
Kid shooting steaming pipes
What happens to Pinky's legs
An extended version of the first-person shooter scene
Sam and Duke in the Med Lab
Portland reloading his gun in the restroom In addition, the unrated version also contains two extra bonus features:
a look at how the first-person shooter scene was created and the scene itself
some hints and tips for beginners on the Doom 3 game.
Doom is not a masterpiece. However for what it is, a video game to movie franchise, it does a decent job. I was watching this film when suddenly my parents came in. They immediately sat down and watched the last 50 minutes with me. Surely that's an indication that the film itself wasn't too bad. My favourite part of the movie was the FPS scene. It showed a level of originality which has been absent in other Video game movies, such as the Resident Evil franchise. Another Pro was the casting of the Rock as Sarge and Karl Urban as Reaper. Both made decent performances in the movie.
The level of action was decent and I was happy that the film branched out a bit further than the 90 minute restriction. Furthermore I particularly enjoyed the fact that the makers decided to use models and suits, similar to Alien rather than rely on CGI. It again shows a level of originality that implies the makers wanted the film to stand out and was not there just to make money.
The cons were that overall the acting was not great. The other marines for example, other than The Rock and Urban, did not put in great performances and Rosamund Pike, I think was particularly bad. They seemed an ordinary group of guys thrust into battle. They just didn't seem to act like a group of elite, disciplined soldiers. It just didn't feel realistic.
Another con is that the film was not particularly scary. The actual game is deemed to be one of the scariest games out there to play. So it feels an opportunity missed that the film was not a terrifying roller-coaster ride filled with suspense and was more like a variety of action sequences containing grim monsters.
All in all Doom is a movie which is by no means perfect, is a decent film for what it is. A video game.
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