“DOOM” is one of those franchises that has been a large part of my life thanks to my dad immediately wanting my brother and me to get involved in video games. So when I discovered that my favorite ultra-violent game series got a movie adaptation with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I was immediately interested.
I thought that if it could even catch a little bit of the insane fun of slaying demons to classic metal music, then I was going to love it immediately. Unfortunately, it isn’t that great, so I guess I have to be the “DOOM” guy to fully tear into this movie.
For those who aren’t familiar with “DOOM” and its story, it is about a man named Doomguy who is on a research station on Mars where there are researchers trying to “harness the power of hell itself” to power things. They’re basically looking for clean energy by using Satan.
To the surprise of no one, things go wrong and a portal to Hell is opened, leading to demons coming into the research station to slaughter every living thing in their way. You, the player, murder all of them and then end up killing something called a Spiderdemon, which is if you took a spider and gave it a mech (think of a tank with legs) with mini guns and a massive human brain.
That concludes the first game. The second has you traveling through Hell itself to revive your dead son who got turned into “the pure symbol of evil.” Since these two games have stories solid enough to make some very interesting scripts for a movie, it kind of shocked me that instead of focusing on the Doomguy going through the fires of Hell to slay all evil in his way, the focus was on the set-up to the portal.
Don’t get me wrong, following a group of space marines trying to figure out why demons are invading the area around them sounds pretty great, but for some reason, you barely see the main thing that “DOOM” is about; murdering demons to heavy metal.
The reason I even decided to watch this movie was because I found out there’s a new “DOOM” movie coming soon. I want this movie to be good, but it took one of the most fast-paced and intense games of all time and made it into a boring military movie with a few demons.
The worst part is what they did to Doomguy, who is named Reaper in the movie. He is injected with a serum that makes him a super soldier, which is wrong to the original games. Doomguy is a regular guy with some military training.
He’s so normal that it makes his feats even stronger since the only thing that powers him is his willpower.
Part of what makes the character great is that he is a silent man with a mission. The only thing people know about his past is that he a descendant of B.J. Blazkowicz, the Nazi Slayer and main protagonist of the series “Wolfenstein.”
So, who plays Doomguy/Reaper in the movie then? You would think that it would be Dwayne Johnson, but instead, its Karl Urban who actually would later play Judge Dredd in “Dredd.” Instead, Johnson is tasked with playing a commanding officer who ends up getting killed by Reaper so he can save his sister.
Honestly, this movie is more disappointing than anything. If they didn’t make their own story and used a lot of practical effects, I could see this becoming one of the best action movies of all time. I can only hope that the new movie “DOOM Annihilation” will be at least closer to the quality of the original games, but I can already tell I’m going to be bringing it into this series at release by how it looks. Unfortunately, I have to rate it a 7 out of 10.