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- Apr 4, 2017
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Doom has not gotten a lot of love on the big screen. Coming from a rabid Doom video game fan since he was a young kid, I actually liked 2005’s Doom with The Rock and Karl Urban in a guilty sort of way. It was in NO WAY a good movie, and an even worse Doom movie as well. In fact, it really wasn’t a Doom movie at all, but rather a generic space monster movie with a few monsters that looked like they came out of Doom 3 from a few years earlier (which is where they kind of took their visual inspiration from). Sure, we got the Ark and space marines and the BFG, but everything else butchered the Doom lore (not that there was much to butcher, the games were about as paper thin on plot as you could get) and made it as generic as possible, although I did kinda like the first person shooter mode at the end. As such, nobody was really begging for a sequel or reboot, so when this was announced to come out a month or so before the release of Doom Eternal, even though the Doom franchise is INCREDIBLY popular (one of the games inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame back in 2015).
Still, as a fan of the games (played more hours than I care to admit on Doom 3 alone) I was curious to check it out. Especially after word on the street was that they were going back to the original lore of having the enemies be demons from the pit of hell, and bringing in some regular characters (not that there were many characters in the games to begin with besides Sarg and Dr. Betruger). Well, I tempered my expectations for a DTV film like this and those expectations were mostly met. The film itself is not great, but you can honestly tell the powers that be behind this particular entry was actually trying. It doesn’t try to reference the 2005 film at all, but rather does another re-introduction to the Phobos base on mars, the horrible accident that opens the portal from hell, then 1 hour and 15 minutes of a 1 hour and 37 minute movie gunning down hell spawn. About what you would expect from a video game with a paper thin plot.
There’s not much to tell here. The film follows the basic plot of Doom 3, following a group of space marines landing on Phobos base on Mars to act as their security detail. However, 20 minutes before they had landed Dr. Betruger (Dominic Mafham) had opened a portal dubbed “the ark” between Earth and Phobos, only for a massive energy surge to take out the base’s power (and of course the invading demons popping through the portal). The marines, headed by disgraced soldier Olivia Dark (Kate Nichols) heads into the base to find out what happened, only to run into zombified monsters who turn out to be members of the base’s staff. Further exploration leads them to the very heart of the base, where Olivia and her team find even greater horrors awaiting them, and none of them are going to make it back.
The production values are kind of hilariously bad, as they didn’t seem to have had a massive CGI budget for the film. Hell Knights are just men in rubber suits (although I do appreciate using practical effects over a CGI mess), and when Olivia heads to hell (yayyy! The Doom 3 expansion pack!) the CGI takes over and it’s definitely low grade. I will give them this though. They obviously wanted to stick much more closely to the video game lore, as we get to see some of the classic villains, and they retain their demonic roots instead of just making it a bad case of genetic mutations like the 2005 film. It’s a mixed back of dumb stuff stuck together, with some of it working, but a lot of it not. I kind of liked the movie for the effort put into it, but the weak ending low budget really shows just how paper thing the video game story was, and while that can work for a monster shootem up, it’s doesn’t work so well for a movie.
Rated R for bloody violence and language throughout
Doom: Annihilation is just what one would expect. A trashy DTV movie with poor production values and a paper thin plot. As much as I wanted to dislike it though, I actually had a decent time with the film as there was a lot of classic Doom lore invested in the property. Don’t get me wrong, this is utter garbage, but I had a semi decent time with it and actually kind of enjoyed leaving my brain at the door. But for casual fans or regular viewers, this is straight drek that should be avoided at all costs, but for hardcore video nerd fans it’s interesting enough to give a small watch. Universal’s Blu-ray disc is pretty mediocre too, with middling video quality, solid audio quality, and no extras whatsoever.
Starring: Louis Mandylor, Amy Manson, Nina Bergman, Kate Nichols, Dominic Mafham, Luke-Allen-Gale
Directed by: Tony Giglio
Written by: Tony Giglio
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Runtime: 97 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Recommendation: Problematic Film for the Hardcore Fans