Doom (2005) movie review
Doom, starring Dwayne Johnson (uh, that’s “The Rock” to you. – Ryan), Karl Urban, and Rosamund Pike, and based on the video game series of the same name, follows a group of space Marines that are charged with investigating strange happenings at a research facility on Mars, only to find themselves under attack from mysterious, genetically engineered beings. (Let the pew pew begin!)
I don’t want to make this a long review (what, Doom isn’t worth your time? Too good for The Rock!?), so I’m going to start with the few positives. The one infamous (pft, try famous) FPS (First-person shooter) sequence from this movie delivers what a lot of video game movies miss out on, the chance to actually feel like you are watching a video game. However, that is the single noteworthy sequence/aspect of this 100 minute movie. Other than that, the only other positive thing I can talk about is Dwayne Johnson’s performance, which is just so bad it’s good. He plays the hardcore leader/soldier part to the extreme, from the ridiculous way he holds his gun to the over-the-top dialogue he feels the need to shout to his just overall cheesy performance. (Personally, I love how he pauses, turns his head and… Finishes. His. Sentences… Seriously, it’s like Jumanji is making fun of Doom.)
Okay so, negatives. The acting is all-around pretty terrible. Dwayne Johnson is the only standout, and as I mentioned earlier, not in a good way. Karl Urban and Rosamund Pike play, *SPOILER* siblings. Even though they don’t look, talk, or act anything like siblings. (Yeah they have an oddly sensual chemistry at times that the movie just throws on us like we are in PG Game of Thrones! Except Doom is R…) Urban plays opposite Johnson, a slightly more rational soldier who is forced to work together with his estranged sister, a scientist at the base who otherwise just plays the victim in the half put together story. Everyone’s dialogue is over the top and poorly delivered (SEMPER FI MOTHER-) and the story just never flows very well. It is written like they had a brief idea of what they wanted to do with the story and the characters solely from the game, and then no idea where to go with it or how to bring it together for the screen. (Like Angry Birds! Or Super Mario Bros. Or Street Fighter. Or Assassins Creed. Hmmm…)
Nothing else stands out in the movie either. The camera work, effects, editing, and music are all fine, doing the job but not adding anything special or noteworthy to make any other parts of the film stand out. (HAHAHAHA fine if you like intense 2000s zooms and Dutch tilts! And hey, let’s add some Titan A.E. heavy metal to really date the movie!) I know this was really short, but I have nothing else to talk about, and we’ve been trying some shorter reviews anyway! (Plus we are sure to repeat all of this in the sequel which is apparently a thing that JUST happened.) So here’s the gist: if you want an action/sci-fi movie that is semi-enjoyable because it’s so bad it’s good and has one pretty cool sequence, you’ll probably have fun with this one for Dwayne Johnson’s performance alone. (HOLLA) If you’re looking for a decent action/sci-fi movie with a good story and well-written characters, look elsewhere. 2/10.
So, Doom? Have you seen it, or its sequel that just came out? What did you think? Whatever your thoughts, be sure to leave a like and a comment below letting us know!
-review by Rachel Grosselin (and Ryan Prince)