"Doom"

Karl Urban
The Rock
Rosamund Pike
Dexter Fletcher
Ben Dainels
Al Weaver

Unrated           113min           2005

“Doom” is a first-person shooter video game of the same name. An elite Marines special op team is sent to a scientific research sent on Mars to find out what went wrong on the planet.

I watched the Unrated and Extended version of the film. It’s a mind numbing video game adaptation done for the MTV post Matrix demographic. It lacked definition. Marketed as a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson film he got outshine by Karl Urban, previously found in “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Chronicles of Riddick”. It had some cool and gimmicky special effects.

Doom was done because it could be made not that it should have been made. Step-into this film and leave your brain at the door. The video game was a slaughter fest and this no exception. The characters were not flushed out. You were given this group of bad-ass Marine, “the best at there job” and that was it. They started dying and you could care less. You couldn’t wait for the final showdown to come.

“The Rock” may have been running the show but it was Karl Urban’s film. Marketing had “The Rock” plaster everywhere. It was Karl Urban portray of Ben Grimm gave this movie any kind of emotion or drive. Urban’s Grimm is the only character you care about whether by design or accident; he deserves a sequel.

The special effects in this film are top notch. Nothing revolutionary but its gives you some whoa moments. Near the end it goes into ”Doom” Mode in which the entire segment of the film is done from a first person perspective just a the video game. Put in there entirely for the “Doom” fans it’s cute but a little distracting.

Doom is your typical special effects Sci-Fi action-adventure. A film marketed as The Rock’s film when actually it was Karl Urban’s. It was flat shoot-em with cool action sequences.

I give it 2/5 Gs

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