Doom (2005) Movie Review

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Doom (2005)

2005 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
105 minutes / 1h 45min

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Doom Plot Synopsis:

Something has gone wrong at a remote scientific research station on Mars. All research has ceased. Communication has failed. And the messages that do get through are less than comforting. It's a level 5 quarantine and the only souls allowed in or out are the Rapid Response Tactical Squad - hardened Marines armed to the teeth with enough firepower to neutralize the enemy...or so they think.

Doom (2005) Review

Doom (2005) is a 1h 45-min science fiction action-adventure film that was loosely based on the video game series also named Doom. Director Andrzej Bartkowiak did not have much experience as a director upon filming this movie but has tremendous experience as a cinematographer (Speed (1994), The Devil’s Advocate, (1997), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Falling Down (1993)) and did not fail upon executing this film. Doom was an average movie that had lots of cliches but had enough substance to stand out from the rest although it is a film that does not take itself too seriously.

Archeologists discover a teleportation device (The Arc) on Earth in 2026 that can teleport to Mars. We see a scientific military-based research facility on Mars about 20 years later. The base was built so that scientists can investigate why the civilization went extinct and to study the remnants of the civilization which made The Arc. Earth’s headquarter received a distress signal from the scientist on Mars reporting a security breach. The headquarter dispatched a group of Marines who are known as Rapid Response Tactical Squad (RRTS) to Mars to help the scientist.

A female scientist, Dr. Samantha Grim, (Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl (2014), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Jack Reacher (2012), Die Another Day (2002)) accompanies the RRTS because her mission is to retrieve scientific data and research. They discovered that a lot of the scientists are killed and that they are not alone. Some beast-like creatures are present leaving the team in a danger zone. Will they survive their mission?

All of the actors did an excellent job with their roles, especially Dwayne Johnson who played his part convincingly well. There is not much to say about the action scenes except that they were hollow. With all said I gave this film a five because the production value was high and the special FX was amazing along with the gore. The movie contains cliches which hurt the film majorly. Doom has a lot of faults, but it is still better than some video game movie adaptations I have seen.

  • Doom Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.03
  • IMDB: 5.2
  • MetaCritic: 3.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.9

About Doom 2005

Title: Doom
Year: 2005
Runtime: 105 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.01/5 stars from 97,250 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 97,250
MPAA Rating: R
Doom Cast Starring: Doug Jones, Brian Steele, Rana Morrison, Karl Urban, Richard Brake, Deobia Oparei, Tanoai Reed, Barbara Nedeljakova, Rosamund Pike, Robert Russell, Ian Hughes, Sara Houghton, Petr Hnetkovský, Jaroslav Psenicka, Razaaq Adoti, Al Weaver, Dexter Fletcher, Petr Hnetkovský, Dwayne Johnson, Blanka Jarosova, Vladislav Dyntera, Marek Motlicek, Robert Nelson, Ben Daniels, Yao Chin, Daniel York
Doom Writers: Dave Callaham, Wesley Strick
Doom Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Box Office: $28,031,250
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English, Japanese
Country: UK, Czech Republic, Germany, USA