On Mars in the year 2046, in the Union Aerospace Corporation’s Olduvai Research Facility, scientists are attacked by an unseen monster. Dr. Todd Carmack transmits a warning to quarantine the facility.On Earth, a team of eight marines receive orders from squad leader Gunnery Sergeant Asher “Sarge” Mahonin (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to investigate the Olduvai situation. As the men suit up, Sarge pulls aside Staff Sergeant John “Reaper” Grimm (Karl Urban) and asks him not to go because Olduvai is where Reaper’s parents died and his sister is still on the station. Reaper suits up anyway, and the team is deployed via a teleportation device called the Ark. The team meets two UAC personnel, Marcus “Pinky” Pinzerowski, who is in a wheelchair due to an Ark accident, and Dr. Samantha Grimm (Rosamund Pike), Reaper’s sister. She informs the marines that Dr. Carmack’s division of the facility focused on genetic research has been quarantined, with Carmack and five other scientists sealed inside. Sarge orders his team to eliminate the threat, secure the facility and escort Dr. Grimm while she recovers Carmack’s research. Reaper learns from his sister that they discovered humanoid remains, which they called Imps, on Mars that have an extra chromosome pair, granting them superhuman abilities. The team locates Carmack, who has become infected, and they take him to the infirmary. The Marines encounter two of the five remaining scientists transformed into zombielike creatures. After pursuing a large creature through the facility, the team discovers the bloodied lab coat of a Dr. Steve Willits. Whilst the team is split up, an Imp ambushes Corporal Eric “Goat” Fantom (Ben Daniels) and wounds him. The Imp is killed by Reaper and brought to Dr. Grimm with Goat, who dies in the lab. Sarge orders the 85 workers in the facility to evacuate back to Earth with the exceptions of Dr. Grimm and Pinky, the latter left to guard the Ark. “Sarge” and his men needs to neutralise the enemy and try to get out alive…

“Doom” is loosely based on the video game series of the same name created by id Software. The film was announced in 1999 and that Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast in the lead role of Doomguy, the protagonist of the video game. But, a real life incident involving two teenagers, who played the video game, playing about with a chainsaw, resulting in a tragic accident. As one of Doomguy’s weapons in the video game is a chainsaw and the film with Schwarzenegger in the lead role was dropped. But the film was finally brought to the big screen in 2005. “Doom” received mostly negative reviews by critics. Roger Ebert says, “Doom is like some kid came over and is using your computer and won’t let you play.” Richard Roeper has also stated, “The performances are awful, the action sequences are impossible to follow, the violence is gratuitous, the lighting is bad and I have my doubts that the catering truck was even up to snuff on this project.” One apparently good review came from Richard James Havis from The Hollywood Reporter, stating, “There’s so little to go wrong that those who like their entertainment mindless and violent will find little fault.” In 2009, Time listed the film on their list of top ten worst video games movies. The response from fans of the video game was mixed. Many expressed disappointment because the film did not follow the plot of the game, as the games dealt with an invasion from hell instead of a virus, and over the movie’s failure to reproduce the game’s most essential quality: the killing of large numbers of enemies. I remember playing the game when it was popular, but I never became hooked on it I reckon, and to be honest I have always had a bit of a problem with FPS games due to motion sickness. Nevertheless, due to the poor reviews I haven´t seen the movie until now, and I must say I was positively surprised. It´s a mix of “Aliens” and “Predator”, but still has the “Doom” feeling over it despite the fact that it has changes in the storyline compared to the game. Yes, “The Rock” is what he is, but he manages to be ok as “Sarge”. It´s gory and violent (not as crazy as the game) and there´s an ok horror vibe over it. I loved the first person shooter (FPS) sequence in the end, which took about 14 days to shoot. A great homage to the original game. “Doom” is not that bad as the reviews claims, it´s an ok action/horror movie with a classic computer game as the foundation. (3 out of 5)

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