HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Morfalous, Les
Dreambuilders
Everything Went Fine
Lux AEterna
Rum Runners
Fairy and the Devil, The
Mad God
Outside the Law
I Remember Mama
Superman Unbound
Lawrence of Belgravia
House Across the Lake, The
Wonder Park
Hornsby e Rodriguez
Operation Mincemeat
5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes
Scoob!
Earwig
Offseason
Peau Douce, La
Double Indemnity
Na Cha and the Seven Devils
Deep Murder
Superman vs. the Elite
Adam Project, The
Osamu Tezuka's Last Mystery of the 20th Century
Horse, La
Buffaloed
Train Robbers, The
Let Sleeping Cops Lie
Abominable
Funeral, The
Burning Sea, The
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Doom Bloody Foolish Guff
Year: 2005
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Stars: Karl Urban, Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Deobia Oparei, Ben Daniels, Razaq Adoti, Richard Brake, Al Weaver, Dexter Fletcher, Brian Steele, Yao Chin, Robert Russell, Daniel York, Ian Hughes, Sara Houghton, Blanka Jarosova, Doug Jones
Genre: Horror, Action, Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: The year is 2046, and it is twenty years since the discovery of a portal in the Nevada Desert which, if entered, propelled you to a lost city on Mars - and would take you back as well, if that was your wish. But just as scientists endeavour to make sense of this new location, actually a very old one as far as they can work out, the near-hundred strong team are struck with a panic as something seems to be attacking their numbers, and back on Earth decisions must be made to help, and fast. To that end, a troop of Marines about to go on leave are abruptly reassigned to Mars, and their impressive arsenal pressed into service against a menace that may be alien - or from closer to home.

Computer game movies, that always goes well, doesn't it? Well, no, it's more accurate to observe it hardly ever goes well, and indeed frequently goes very stupid, but this is down to gaming and movie watching being very different beasts, no matter how alike the studios who collaborate to create the hybrids of the two would like you to believe. It was not so important how as they evolved, the narrative became key in gaming, since in film you were having a passive experience, and in games you were an active participant. Therefore yet again, the adaptation of the popular nineteen-nineties shoot-'em-up Doom proved to appeal to hardly anyone at the box office, and flopped as a result.

The trouble with that was thanks to certain aspects such as the plot in the game being elementary, merely an excuse to gain ever-increasing amounts of weaponry and slaughter ever-growing numbers of monsters with it, whereas for the film they had to make up some desperately basic rubbish about Mars and genetic experimentation for the basis of their narrative. Fair enough, this would have been about as simple as necessary for a version of Doom on the P.C., but as a film it was deadening in its lack of imagination, and when it tried to be clever, which thankfully was not too often, it came across as stupider, not smarter, and besides, there was one key aspect of the gameplay missing.

If you played Doom, the most striking element, one which was something of a pioneer in its way, was that first-person perspective, so you would see through the hero's eyes and point whatever weapon you had to hand in the appropriate direction. Now, a whole movie like that would have been something to witness, and justify the existence of this thing, as seen a few years later in the sounds-daft-but-is-actually-bright Hardcore Henry. Alas, cinematographer turned director Andrzej Bartkowiak was not allowed, or was reluctant, to make the entire project in that fashion, so what you got was a meagre five-minute interval near the end where our protagonist John Grimm (Karl Urban) finally got up to what you really wanted to see in a Doom movie, and it was by far the best bit of the film.

But set that aside, and it was a long wait till that part, and you had a very ordinary rip-off of James Cameron's Aliens with some very samey visuals gracing a barely there storyline. The cast had points of interest, for instance Dwayne Johnson when he was still billed as The Rock was the leader of the marines, and the role turned out to be well within his range as he hardly had to act at all. Rosamund Pike, then in the early stages of her screen career after honing her skills in the theatre, was merely called upon to explain the jargon and scream, as the scientist sister of Grimm, oh, and be subjected to some sexual harassment too (a spot of banter, supposedly). Richard Brake had something approaching a personality, but it was a putrid one he was asked to portray, so he was blatantly not long for the world once the soldiers jaunted to The Red Planet, and everyone else was anonymous aside from Dexter Fletcher in a "how is he still alive?" wheelchair. Yet another Mars movie that failed, before The Martian happened along. Music by Clint Mansell.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2387 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: