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Review (5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Doom is yet another movie based on a video game and finally a video game with which I am somewhat familiar. By familiar, I mean I played a version of Doom about 10 years ago when I was supposed to be studying and writing essays at university. And that, folks, is why I now write free reviews for a website.

The fact that I once played "Doom" did nothing to help me better understand this movie. In Doom, an elite squad of space marines, led by the likes of Sarge (The Rock) and John Grimm (Karl Urban), head to an isolated research station on Mars after a group of scientists mysteriously disappears. Once they get to the space station, they realize the situation is much more serious than initially perceived. The station has been overrun by a horde of mutant monsters and zombies who have been inexplicably infected with a deadly virus. Sarge, Grimm, a beautiful scientist named Samantha (Rosamund Pike) and the rest of the marines are forced to flee the space station and destroy it before any of the monsters find their way back to the planet Earth. As expected, all hell breaks loose.

My main problem with Doom is this: the movie spent way too much time trying to explain the scientific implications of the virus, the zombies, the monsters and what not, and not enough time killing things. I mean, it just seemed one scene after another was a big, long, complicated explanation, to the point where I was so confused that I didn't know what the fuck was going on. There were a few moments where it seemed something was going to jump out of the screen or someone was going to die and the movie would just cut away to dialogue. It was almost laughable at some points. I expect to go into a movie like Doom and see lots of killing and tons of blood and guts. There was killing and there was blood and guts but way to many explanations. Besides that, I found the movie to be too dark, too often. It was hard to see what was going on.

I've often touted The Rock as the next great action movie star and Doom did nothing to change my mind from this theory. He was decent, had some good lines, kicked as much ass as the movie allowed him to and surprisingly, even dropped quite a few "f" bombs, which I don't recall him doing too often in other movies. I was also quite impressed with Karl Urban, who appeared in The Two Towers and The Return of the King but I recognized him from The Bourne Supremacy, in which he was also a standout.

Overall, Doom wasn't really a great movie but it was more or less what I expected. I thought it would be more geared towards younger children but it is way too violent and gorey for that. As I said, there was just too much time wasted on the big explanation. There's monsters; there's zombies; there's guns - we don't need to know much more than that. With all that being said, I thought the ending of the movie had a neat sort of twist and the final battle scenes were quite good. There was also a cool sequence where the movie emulated the video game and that was kind of neat. Nevertheless, Doom cannot hold a candle to the other zombie movie I saw earlier this year, The Land of the Dead. That movie was a blast. I suppose it would be a mistake to consider Doom an all-out zombie movie. I suppose it might have a bit of an "Alien" influence to it but I am not even going to compare the two. It's not even close. Doom is, at best, a rainy Saturday afternoon time-killer. Just don't waste too much time on it or you might end up writing movie reviews for free.

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