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Doom (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2005)

A movie directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak

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  • Nov 22, 2006
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DOOM, believe it or not, is based on a video game! With all the literature of the world, all the fine screenplays that are stacked on the shelves, all the creative stories that languish in the 'not for profit probably' bins, it seems a raw commentary on today's movie audiences to spend millions of dollars on a game everyone who cares already knows. But, movies are business and box office demands take precedence.

As the narrator of the film states, 'In the year 2026 archaeologists working in the Nevada desert discovered a portal to an ancient city on Mars. They call this portal the Ark. Twenty years later, we're still struggling to understand why it was built and what happened to the civilization that built it' is the apparent 'story'. What follows is a series of conflicts between killers transforming into beasts right out of Hieronymous Bosch and Francis Bacon only to bloody up the claustrophobic computer generated interiors with occasional transmogrifications into mercurial clouds only to reappear. Much slaughter, much eye dazzling color manipulation, and ever so little story line fill the screen. The participants in this real time game are The Rock (he needs a role that uses his talent), hunky Karl Urban, Dexter Fletcher, Rosamond Pike, and Richard Brake - all squashed around the set by director and head gladiator Andrej Bartkowiak.

Though not meant to be, this film can actually be fun to watch as a hilarious parody of scientific world events. Visually and content-wise it wears thin after about a half hour. Grady Harp, November 06

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review by . September 19, 2010
When one contemplates watching a movie like DOOM, surely ones expectations are always pretty low. Lots of gory sci-fi action is probably all one can hope for. DOOM provides a fair dose of that...but it also provides other, less welcome aspects...mostly involving guys with big guns walking around dark, steel corridors doing nothing but looking anxious and sweating.      I understand that action scenes and such are pretty expensive to make, particularly when they call for convincing …
review by . April 17, 2006
I, unlike other people, did not find this movie to be a disappointment. I never got to see this movie in the theater and recently got a chance to see the uncut edition. Honestly my very first impression of the movie was "this is cool". Honestly if this movie would have been called "UAC Marines", "Viral Apocalypse" or something else random, this movie would have done A LOT better. It was actually really good for a sci-fi movie. Much in the vein of Resident Evil meets Mission to Mars. The thing that …
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Grab your BFG and get ready to kick some Martian-demon butt inDoom, another entry in the increasingly crowded videogame-to-movie genre. The Rock plays Sarge, the commander of a squad of Marines sent to investigate a disturbance at a scientific research facility on Mars. Among the squad is John Grimm (Karl Urban, who played Eomer inThe Lord of the Rings), who turns out to have had a previous relationship with Samantha (Rosamund Pike,Die Another Day), the scientist who's accompanying the Marines in order to retrieve some vital data from the facility. Based on id Software's legendary first-person shooter,Doomtries its best to look like a game, with dark, angled corridors, ferocious creatures appearing out of nowhere, and a variety of lethal weapons that will, like the aforementioned BFG, warm the cockles of a gamer's heart. There's also one memorable sequence that actually turns the movie into a first-person shooter; the good news is that in the context of the whole film, it's not quite as goofy as it might have been. And that's not a bad frame of reference for the film in general. Considering the game-to-movie field includes such duds asWing Commander, if you go intoDoomwith low expectations, you'll probably find it a surprisingly respectable horror/sci-fi thriller in theResident Evilvein (including its somewhat obligatory subplot of corporate wrongdoing). Also in its favor is that it's unabashedly R-rated, for the extreme gore that is a ...
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Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Screen Writer: Wesley Strick, Dave Callaham
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
Runtime: 113 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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