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Doom (2005)

Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.

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Andrzej Bartkowiak

Writers:

Dave Callaham (screenplay) (as David Callaham), Wesley Strick (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Urban ... John Grimm
Rosamund Pike ... Samantha Grimm
Deobia Oparei ... Destroyer (as DeObia Oparei)
Ben Daniels ... Goat
Razaaq Adoti ... Duke (as Raz Adoti)
Richard Brake ... Portman
Al Weaver ... The Kid
Dexter Fletcher ... Pinky
Brian Steele ... Hell Knight
Dwayne Johnson ... Sarge (as The Rock)
Yao Chin Yao Chin ... Mac
Robert Russell Robert Russell ... Dr. Carmack
Daniel York ... Lt. Huengs
Ian Hughes Ian Hughes ... Sanford Crosby
Sara Houghton Sara Houghton ... Dr. Jenna Willits
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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 El_Ucca@hotmail.com

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Rated R for strong violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Creature performer Brian Steele (aka CreatureBoy) shouldered the Baron outfit. SWS crew wanted to keep the whole Baron suit very mobile with strong and organic movement. Although there were lots of muscles on the suit, it was lightweight so that when he moved, there was articulation, it didn't just move like a big, thick foam jacket. The structure underneath responded to Brian's movements and gave him the freedom and mobility necessary to express the character through choreography and performance. Different heads were made for the character and each head served a different purpose. One head was treated and prepared so it could be lit on fire; another head was sculpted with an after-burned look complete with burnt and peeling skin. One of the heads had a jaw-and-lip mechanism on it allowing for closeups of the mandible. A last "hero" head that had a little bit of everything, including servo-controlled mechanisms, eyebrows that could be very expressive and a squinting motion around the eyes. Even the lips peeled back providing a chilling smile. Though there were plans in place to augment the head with a CGI version in post, the animatronic head ended up working so well that no digital replacement was necessary. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
Samantha Grimm: [narrating] 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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In the opening Universal logo, the Earth is replaced with the planet Mars. See more »

Alternate Versions

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.
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Soundtracks

Struggle
Written by Scott Thomas
Performed by Ringside
Courtesy of Flawless/Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Part DOOM, part something else
4 February 2006 | by JemyMSee all my reviews

*Warning* This review contains mild spoilers to the GAME, but not the movie.

A dig in the nevada desert have found a portal to an ancient city on mars. Since then, scientists have struggled 20 years to find out more about the civilization that built the city and why they disappeared.

Apparently they found something. In an emergency transmission sent from the science facility on mars a head scientist explains that there is a "level 5 breach" and quarantine procedures must be implemented immediately. A squad of elite soldiers are sent to the science facility on Mars to protect and retrieve property and make sure quarantine is kept. What they find is naturally more than they are trained and equipped for.

This is another game that made it into the silver screen, and the DOOM franchise isn't exactly known for it's multi-depth story lines. This made me seek out and watch this movie with plenty of ice in my stomach, ready to forgive the producers for mistakes they made.

And mistakes were made. The greatest one was of course to change the entire plot. As a gamer who put more value in story than the action, I would personally say that the DOOM3 storyline was better than the movies (completely changed) storyline. In the game the city plays a central role. In the movie you never leave the work areas, you never get to see the old ruins. The city isn't even mentioned beyond the intro. Beyond 2 <10 second scenes, you do not see the Mars exterior. You barely register that these events take place on Mars, not on earth. The artifacts that played a central role in the game is not mentioned or present in the movie. The entire "Hell is loose" plot was completely cut away, the events of the movie blamed onto something *COMPLETELY* different. The theme "one man against hell" became "a few men and their issues". The ghost of the little girl (one of the games scarier parts) did not make it to the move.

DOOM3 was also a horror experience playing both on achluophobia (fear of darkness) and Monophobia (fear of being alone), this was an aspect missing in the movie where areas was lit and the characters was always going at least two and two. I almost think the movie could have been better if they hired less actors and put more money on storywriters.

Another aspect completely gone is the ambient red tone of being on mars, something that could have added a more artistic flavor to the movie. Except for very short moments in the beginning of the movie you never see that these events in fact take place on mars.

I was not happy to see the storyline almost completely changed and the horror downscaled to almost not scary at all with nothing better added to it. There are no deep questions asked here, no philosophical submessage to the audience to go home thinking about. This is a lighthearted actionmovie and that's it.

The most faithful part (to the game) is the labs and the monsters. he developers who made the game gave the areas/monsters/weapons an unique design that wouldn't have been right to move away from. If you care zero about the plot, then yes this is DOOM.

There's also the first person sequence in which we get to follow a series of events through the eyes of a soldier when he runs around and shoot monsters in corridors. It was fun, although I would say that it failed to capture me. I was mostly annoyed with the choice of music and it could have been more scary.

I see some ways this movie could have been made better with the material it's based on, but I did not expect it. At least the action is well done. If you want 2 hours of entertainment that wont change your world, DOOM offers just that. If you do not watch many movies and want some extra quality when spending time on one, you can jump this one.

Game-movies so far are between "awful" and "ok". This one was "ok".


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Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,488,870, 23 October 2005

Gross USA:

$28,212,337

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,072,119
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