Finally a video game movie done right, well at least done to a point where it be better than the rest of them, a very close second would be Mortal Kombat. Ignore what the critics way, who really don’t know what they’re talking about as they are complaining about things that this movie was never met to bring to the table. Lets face it anyone who has ever played the video game for more than 20 plus hours will know that this is nothing more than just shoot, shoot and shoot some more. The problem is many critics expect top-notch acting from a video game adaptation, character development from people who are just going to die if not immediately and a plot that is well, unique.
There has been some really bad attempts at making video game to movie adaptations. Doom doesn’t this the best by being origin to the game. The game makers, iD software was involved into the movie on many levels. I really think the director, Andrzej Bartkowiak did the best he could with the movie. As we come down to character development its much more of here they are now lets move on. Their leader is Sarge (The Rock), and their members include Reaper (Karl Urban), Destroyer (Deobia Oparei), Mac (Yao Chin), Goat (Ben Daniels), Duke (Razaaq Adoti), Portman (Richard Brake) and The Kid (Al Weaver). Basically that is all we get out them, as threw out the movie we get to know more about them.
Clearly this is not going to be a movie of the year or maybe not even win anything. However for those of you who love the game will love this movie and will have a good time with it. On Mars, we see terrified humans running from an unseen threat. Dr. Carmack (Robert Russell) closes an automatic steel door on a young woman whose arm is well relocated from her body. Later he spends a lot of time huddled in the corner vibrating and whimpering. We meet Samantha Grimm (Rosamund Pike), sister of Reaper (aka John Grimm). She is an anthropologist at the station, and has reconstructed a complete skeleton of a humanoid Martian woman huddled protectively over her child. The most story we get from this is a little history but still we are really left in the dark about it.
The original Martians were not merely humanoid, Dr. Grimm speculates, but super-human: They bio-engineered a 24th chromosome. We as humans only have 23 chromosomes. The extra chromosome made them super smart, super strong, super fast, and super quick to heal. But it turned some of them into monsters, which is presumably why the others built the portal to earth. They never say it, but if your smart they basically say they are us, however I can see why they left the 24th chromosome behind.
Other then all the chromosome stuff, Dr. Grimm says at another point, “Ten percent of the human genome has not yet been mapped. Some say it’s the soul.” Now I’m no scientist, but after doing some research online about it I found out that The Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, well I know this is a movie and all but being that this movie takes place in the future of our time, don’t you think it would have been finished by then? I mean something you would think a scientist like Dr. Grimm should know.
One of the things that really bug me was the fact where on mars now and well we never get to see mars other than the start of the film and the rest are well just some shots of the Research Station. You would think a movie like this would be loaded with CGI effects however it’s not. In fact out of all the creatures in the movie only one was CGI, I’ll let you guess to which one. The rests are some very good creature costumes.
Now let’s get to the back bone of the film, the first person shooter scenes. This one element really pulled me into the movie and really one of the reasons I went to see this film. Many times in the film we run into time where we would think they switch to a FPS scene. However they save it for the last 20 minutes of the film which really took a 360 turn from the rest of the film. Not to give away the ending of the film (if you call it an ending) but our main guy goes into FPS mode and really even know we only get about 5 to 6 minutes of it, it was well worth the wait.
Overall Doom is one of action, there isn’t much story or character related stuff to the film, it gets away with this will some good humor, great action, big cool guns and a great first person shooter scene. The Rock really has move up in this roles and does a great job with role as Sarge. Even if you’re not a fan of the game, I think you will have fun watching this film. A good hour and half movie of action and well more action shooting monsters with big overpowered weapons and some cool monsters. I recommend that you head out to the theaters and see Doom at least once on the big screen.