Doom

Doom

Andrzej Bartkowiak (2005)

108min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Movies inspired by computer games always seem to be more about merchandising than art and this big-screen adaptation of the ground-breaking shoot-'em-up does little to dispel that view. For non-game fans, this is essentially an Aliens knock-off, with tough-talking Sarge (The Rock) leading an elite marine outfit to Mars to find out what has happened to a group of scientists working on an anthropological dig. The nominal lead is brooding Kiwi star Karl Urban (The Bourne Supremacy), while a host of familiar British faces (Ben Daniels, Dexter Fletcher, Rosamund Pike) also get the opportunity to practise their American accents. Director Andrzej Bartkowiak (Cradle 2 the Grave) manages to resist the joy-stick approach to direction until right to the end - although that will probably be regarded as a negative by fans of the game.

Summary

A squad of specially trained soldiers is sent in to investigate after all communication with a scientific research station on Mars ceases - but none of them is prepared for the hordes of monsters that have overrun the planet. Sci-fi thriller based on the video game, starring Dwayne Johnson, Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Dexter Fletcher and Ben Daniels.

Cast & Crew

John Grimm, "Reaper" Karl Urban
Sarge Dwayne Johnson
Dr Samantha Grimm Rosamund Pike
Destroyer Deobie Oparei
Goat Ben Daniels
Duke Razaaq Adoti
Portman Richard Brake
The Kid Al Weaver
Pinky Dexter Fletcher
Mac Yao Chin
Director Andrzej Bartkowiak
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: May be edited for violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Dec 2005
Drama