My experience of DOOM is mainly the 2016 video game. DOOM 3 was too damn scary, and I’ve only played the original in parts. Apart from one entry – DOOM Pinball – they’re all very violent affairs, as one man, aka Doomguy or the Doom Slayer, takes on hordes of evil monsters. Can a film really live up to that?
There’s nothing wrong with DOOM as such; it’s a perfectly serviceable action film. But there are some amusing things that reveal it’s age. Dwayne Johnson gets top billing as ‘The Rock’ for a start. He’s a lot smaller, and he swears all THE FUCKING time. Seriously, his performance is based around raising his voice and swearing, leaving his charm at the door, so it can’t be considered one of his best.
Then there’s Karl Urban, who looks positively baby-faced after my recent watch of The Boys. He’s fine, clearly having improved on his accents since then, but my main takeaway regarding him is that he’d have made a decent Chris Redfield.
The best member of the cast though is Richard Brake, or as I know him, Joe Chill! I can never forget that he killed Bruce Wayne’s parents. 2005 was a good year for him, with both this and Batman Begins being released. He brings some real personality to his role and is suitably annoying/lechy/creepy.
The story centres around the development of an extra chromosome developed on Mars and how it’s transformed people. I think. It’s nonsense, and it isn’t entirely clear. Fortunately, it doesn’t matter! Ultimately it just leads to an FPS scene, and a big fight.
Speaking of the first-person scene, it’s cheesy but I do appreciate what they were going for. At least DOOM is trying to do something along the lines of the property it’s based on. They manage to slot in the BFG too, which is just as huge and silly as you’d expect.
DOOM is alright, despite me not saying many good things about it. It’s a bit of silliness with some big men and their big guns. Sometimes that’s all you need.