Doom is a 2005 American science fiction action horror film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and written by David Callaham and Wesley Strick, loosely based on the plot of awesomegames:Doom 3 with Dwayne Johnson's "Sarge" character based on Master Sergeant Thomas Kelly from that game. The film was panned by critics, audiences, and fans of the games.
In the year 2046, a heavily populated research facility on Mars is suddenly attacked by an unknown assailant. Following a distress call sent by Dr. Todd Carmack, a group of marines, led by Asher "Sarge" Mahonin, is sent on a search-and-rescue mission. One of the marines, John "Reaper" Grimm, accompanies his sister, Dr. Samantha Grimm, to one of the labs within the devastated sector to retrieve data; here he learns that the dig site, where their parents were accidentally killed, was reopened and ancient skeletons of a genetically enhanced race were discovered.
While searching for survivors in the facility, the marines find Dr. Carmack, who is taken to a medical room for examination, but later disappears. The Marines find a creature that leads them down to the facility's sewer. Marine Eric "Goat" Fantom is killed during their pursuit, along with the creature. The corpses of Goat and the creature are taken to the medical room. Marine Gregory "Duke" Schofield stays with Sam as she starts an autopsy when they are attacked by a second creature. After trapping it, Sam continues the autopsy on the first creature, finding that its organs are human. Goat suddenly revives and then kills himself by slamming his head against a glass window.
The squad tracks the third creature down into the dig site, where it kills three more marines. Sam and Reaper try to convince Sarge that the creatures are humans from the facility, mutated by the addition of a Martian chromosome (called C24) they found and synthesized from the bones discovered, and that not all of those infected will fully transform into creatures. Some of those infected develop superhuman abilities. Regardless, Sarge orders his team to sanitize the entire facility. Sarge kills the creature in the medical lab (revealed to be a mutated Dr. Carmack) and executes one of his Marines for defying his commands. Sam and the surviving marines are then flanked by the infected, partly mutated, humans. Only Sam and a wounded Reaper escape. Sam injects Reaper with the C24 serum, enhancing his abilities so he is able to kill the infected humans and fully mutated creatures. Reaper then battles an infected Sarge and kills him. Having survived, Sam and Reaper enter the elevator to leave the facility.
Why It Sucks
- Where's Doomguy?! (Apparently, he's supposed to be John Grimm, the film's protagonist.)
- Poor grasp of the source material, much like some video game movies.
- Oddly, the movie switches the series' traditional theme of fighting an invasion of demons from Hell with a sci-fi plot about people mutating after exposure to Martian DNA. This makes the movie look like a generic zombie movie a la Resident Evil, rather than a DOOM MOVIE.
- Only a few of the game's monsters actually make it into the movie, mostly low-level ones. Yes, many iconic monsters like the Mancubus, Baron of Hell, Reverant, and even the Cyberdemon and Spider Mastermind are absent in the film.
- In an early draft, the Cacodemon and the Arch-vile were going to appear, but they were removed.
- Uninspired plot that is basically a rehash of the plot from Doom 3.
- Forgettable one-note characters, such as Sam, Reaper, and John himself.
- Terrible visual effects, including the zombies themselves. In fact, the lighting is even worse, as it is too dark.
- Poor acting, such as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Sarge.
- Lame action sequences that end awfully early. In fact most of the characters except John fail to get hits on the zombies.
- It claims "BFG" stands for "Bio Force Gun" when we all know what it stands for.
- The BFG also does not function the way it does in the games, basically just firing a big globule of glowing acid. In fact, any BFG in the Doom or Quake series would have killed Sarge if he used it the way he does in the film.
- Great soundtrack composed by Clint Manswell, especially a remix of "You Know What You Are?" by Nine Inch Nails played in the credits.
- The first-person scene is pretty awesome.
- The BFG prop is pretty cool, even if it doesn't work the way it's supposed to.
- There are some cute little nods to the series, such as the presence of a "Doctor Carmack" named after Id Software veteran John Carmack.
- Karl Urban as John "Reaper" Grimm is one of the few highlights of the movie.
- Andrzej Bartkowiak would later go on to direct Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, another awful movie based off of a popular videogame franchise.