Based on the video game with the same name, Doom is an action-packed sci-fi adventure film that is set at an archaeological research center on Mars. The film opens with an unexplained horrific attack at the research center that leaves a woman without an arm and others stunned to death. After all but a few members of the research team are reported missing, the Rapid Response Tactical Squad led by Reaper (Karl Urban) and Sarge (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) arrives to rescue survivors and research material. They discover that an evil life lurks within the presumed dead. While trying to rescue loved ones, a survivor named Samantha (Rosamud Pike) learns that her coworkers have been bitten by an alien, turning them against her and everyone else. Doom is sure to interest those who like the video game, but it may be senseless for those unfamiliar with the game.
“Doom” was one of the first “first person” shoot ‘um up videos games for computers. The player sees everything from the gun barrel point of view and works their way through a hi-tech maze shooting everything in sight. Over the years, as computers have become faster and graphics have improved, you see more and more graphic killings. This film is no different.
The premise is that their is a research facility on another planet where humans are excavating a site that has an alien race. While performing DNA tests, they discover that the race has an extra gene; number 24. It seems that this gene has the ability to give the race super-human strength in some. Others become monsters and try to infect (pass the gene) to those with sociopathic qualities. These are the ones who become monsters.
As the rescue team moves through the facility, Sarge (The Rock) decides that they must kill all survivors because they don’t know which ones will become monsters. Step by step he shoots people and monsters at point blank range killing all he sees. One of the rescuers decides that his is wrong so he attempts to stop Sarge.
This has got to be one of the most violent movies of all times. I couldn’t even keep track of how many people/monsters were killed or blown apart. This film is a perfect case as to why violent video games and ‘R-rated’ movies ought to be restricted to adults – if they are to be made at all.