Run-of-the-mill adaptation of the legendary computer game; "Doom" features the usual bunch of gung-ho, tough-as-nails, sub-Cameron space marines, sent out to eliminate a ravenous horde of mutants (surprisingly weak CGI and puppet work) who"re running amok on at an outpost in Mars. 'WWE' wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, turns in another competent performance (putting the unmitigated disaster that was "Walking Tall" behind him) in an otherwise rather dull and uninspiring movie. Former Bond girl Rosamund Pike also crops up in a spirited attempt to halt the customary post-Bond freefall into obscurity. For some reason the people behind this film decided to abandon some of the more intriguing aspects of the game; with little to no mention of Hell, "Doom" looses its supernatural angle, and becomes little more than a poor-man"s "Aliens" or an amateurish rehash of John Carpenter"s unjustly maligned "Ghosts Of Mars". Now I liked Dwayne Johnson in both "The Scorpion King" and "The Rundown": he"s not a bad actor, but "Doom" is about as much fun as watching someone else playing a computer game, though by the time its your turn; the credits have already begun to roll. Doomed.
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In the not-so-distant future a portal has been discovered leading from Earth to Mars where the government operates a research base to examine the ruins of a lost civilisation; scientists are studying it conducting experiments they perhaps shouldn&39;t be and trying find out what happened Answer nothing good That&39;s what Sarge (The Rock) and his unit of high-tech Marines find out the hard way when they&39;re sent to investigate a disturbance on the base which turns out to be nothing less than an infestation of terrifying evil flesh-eating monsters DOOM based on one of the most popular video games of all time knows exactly what it wants to do and wastes no time in doing it Andrzej Bartkowiak the director of lean effective action flicks like ROMEO MUST DIE and EXIT WOUNDS gets right to the meat of the movie marines versus monsters in dark dank corridors The Rock brings just the right balance of bad-ass attitude and deadpan humour to the role of Sarge while the cast&39;s other standout is Reaper (LORD OF THE RINGS&39; Karl Urban) who tries to repair his strained relationship with his sister Samantha (Rosamund Pike) one of the base&39;s scientists They&39;re joined by a motley crew including the twisted Portman intensely religious Goat affable Duke and newbie The Kid While the plot differs from that of the game in a few key ways it remains true to the spirit of the original a no-frills fest of shooting explosions gore and vicious zombies The game was of course a first-person shooter and in an inspired moment the movie turns itself into one for a stretch It&39;s exhilarating as are several surprising twists that separate this fun streamlined action extravaganza from lesser video game adaptations
All-action sci-fi adaptation of the popular first-person shooter computer game, starring The Rock and Karl Urban. On the planet Mars, a team of scientists have set up an experimental research facility that suddenly ceases communication with no warning. A Rapid Response Tactical Squad, led by Sarge (The Rock) and Grimm (Urban), are dispatched to investigate, and make the shocking discovery that the scientists have opened a dimensional gateway to Hell itself. Against all the odds, the squad have to fight their way through the base to shut off the portal, and then kill every horrific escaped demon creature before the hordes of Hell can reach Earth.