Reviewed by: Bob Rossiter
Science Fiction, Action, Horror
1 hr. 40 min.
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“Hell breaks loose”
When a gory, violent video game is transformed into a movie that has the tagline, “H*** breaks loose,” and the producer repeats the phrase in his synopsis, what do you expect to see at the theatre? I expect a movie like “Doom”—gory, violent, foul language-filled screen time with no real plot, and stereo-typed characters with little or no acting ability required. I will try to be as discreet as possible, but due to the nature of the film, some content of this review may not bode well with the squeamish or those who are younger (or young at heart).
The movie starts with scientists running for their lives from an unseen evil at the Olduvai Research Station on Mars. They are able to establish a level five quarantine, but now an elite team of Marines known as the Rapid Response Tactical Squad must enter the station to retrieve important scientific data. They must also kill with “extreme prejudice” to make sure this enemy doesn’t make it to Earth. The problem also has something to do with an extra pair of chromosomes found in the remains of some humanoid creatures at an archeological dig on Mars. This basically sums up what plot there is.
*SPOILER WARNING* We find toward the end of the movie that not everyone reacts the same when infected (or injected) by the extra chromosomes. What makes the difference is whether you are a good person or an evil one. Good people get superhuman powers, but wicked people turn into monsters who kill every other living person or animal. Sarge (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) gets infected, and it soon becomes obvious that he is evil. Reaper (Karl Urban) has the opposite reaction, however, when his sister, Samantha (Rosamund Pike), injects him with the chromosome syrup telling him she knows him, and that he is a good person. This leads us to the final showdown between good and evil. What the moviemakers missed is that the Bible says we are all evil. If there was a way to put this kind of gene into us, we would all turn into horrible monsters. “There is none who does good, no, not one” Romans 3:12 (NKJV). Fortunately though, we all have opportunity to choose God’s gift (Romans 6:23).
There is no way to describe all the gore found in “Doom”, and I wouldn’t want to. For those who need it, however, I’ll give a couple illustrations. One of the most minor is when we watch a woman’s arm cut off by an elevator door and it falls to the floor. One character or another is then seen carrying this appendage throughout the movie. In another scene a monster is shown swinging a soldier by his heals, hitting the soldiers head and upper body against pipes, walls and anything else solid—with bloody and gory results.
Foul language was used more than 100 times. S*** was used about 40 times, and the f* word came in a close second. God’s name was also misused about 20 times with milder obscenities making up the rest of the list.
Near the beginning, a cardboard cutout of a nude woman is seen in the background at the barracks, and a short time later Portman (Richard Brake) is telling good looking women he needs to strip search them. Nothing happens at this point, however. Later, there is a quick scan of a pile of dead bodies. One of these appears to be a woman with a fully uncovered breast.
The only positive element in “Doom” is the concern John and Samantha have for each other and the growth in their brother/sister relationship.
The writing, originality and overall movie-making quality are all poor. The influence of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Vertical Limit” and other movies is unmistakable. Most of the backgrounds were also unclear due to the darkness while filming. Character development was non-existent. This made it difficult to feel sorry that good soldiers were dying or have a triumphant feeling when the enemy was defeated. Another poorly filmed set of scenes were done in “video game mode.” All you could see was the weapon and the people or creatures being shot at, just like you were playing the game. That was a very boring 5-10 minutes.
I recommend you either save your money this weekend, or watch something else that has more of a plot and better quality. I doubt that “Doom” is a good watch for anyone.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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