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Doom (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
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It's pretty easy to make the case that DOOM the movie is a terrible translation of DOOM the video game. The core of the "plot" from the game is entirely changed. In the game, irresponsible experiments with matter teleportation in a base on Mars opens a rift between our world, and Hell itself. Hell comes spilling through into our reality, and it's up to the player as a lone gun-wielding protagonist to mow his way through thousands of zombie humans and hell-spawned demons till he defeats the very forces of Hell. Nothing of that made it into the movie. The similarities are: It takes place on Mars, and there are guns. There is even a teleporter in the plot but it's simply there as a device to keep the action going quickly between the Mars installation and the final showdown in the bowels of the UAC facility on Earth. No Hell, no demons. This is all replaced by genetic experimentation aimed at creating a "super human" - something the ancient Martians failed at, with similar results.
This fundamental change to the plot of the story was a disappointment, but you know what? Everything else works. The sets look similar to the "feel" of the locations in Doom 3, the genetically altered humans look like a few of the monsters from Doom 3, and there is a hilariously great "first person shooter" sequence that had me smiling like a silly kid.Read more ›
Are you going to find deep philosophical meaning in it? Only if you're drunk. Can you sit back and let go for a couple of hours? Definitely. Bottom line is if you're a fan of action movies, add this movie to the roster.
It took fourteen years, but one of the finest videogames of all time finally made it to the big screen. And there are some of us who've been waiting the whole time. And we get a movie starring The Rock?
The big surprise is, it's not all that bad.
Sure, it's possible to nitpick. What's a Doom movie without revenants, lost souls, archviles, rocket launchers, and for the love of all that's holy the cyberdemon?But when it comes right down to it, why not The Rock in a movie about a bunch of Marines fighting creatures from the depths of Hell? At least they didn't cast Steven Seagal. And when you've only got a little over an hour and a half, you have to cut a few things. At least we got the BFG. (And I wish the BFG's effect in the game was half as cool as its effect in the movie.)
The plot, what little there is (and pay attention, because it's different than the game, in one major aspect): A colony on Mars, originally started to support an archaeological dig, shut it down after weird, mysterious things began happening. Without anyone knowing, the head of the genetics lab, Dr. Carmack (Robert Russell, of the recent Dune TV miniseries), has reopened the archaeological dig, putting everyone in the colony in grave danger. They don't know that, of course, until it's far too late. They discover remains who have some pretty odd characteristics, which intrigue Carmack. He does some experiments that go, shall we say, awry. Marines, headed up by Sarge (The Rock), head to Mars in order to find out what's going on. Things blow up.
Doom the movie, like Doom the game, is a turn your brain off and watch things getting killed experience. If you were expecting high art, were you playing the same game the rest of us were?Read more ›
So long as you watch this movie without expecting anything but a action flick worth laughing at, then you will enjoy this movie. Not too mention the over the top First Person shooter bit at the end of the film. The movie at times gets a bit silly. But that's where its charm comes in. This is a top dollar B movie.
You will either love it or hate it, but as long as you don't watch it expecting demons from Hell popping up, you should be fine to give it a chance. I found the scenes with the Rock to be fun and entertaining. While Keith Urban truly gave me a reason to watch his other films after seeing this. There are some excellent one-liners in the movie, some which will haunt me for the rest of my life... But I am glad I saw this movie and am happy to own it on Blu-Ray.
Speaking of Blu-Ray, the transfer is quite good. A definite step up from the DVD, the action doesn't cause the frame rate to diminish in quality. The sound is as good to be expected in a horror film. All in all, a solid title for what it is. I give it 4 out of 5 stars based on the quality of the film itself rather than the quality of the Blu-Ray.
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Love al the actors/actress in the movie. Love the references to the originators of DOOM the game in the there. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Frank N S.
Excellent story. Very entertaining. The Rock is great in this film.Published 1 month ago by Movie Dude
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