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In the not-so-distant future, a portal has been discovered leading from Earth to Mars, where the government operates a research base to examine the ruins of a lost civilization; scientists are studying it, conducting experiments they perhaps shouldn't be, and trying find out what happened. Answer: nothing good. That's what Sarge (The Rock) and his unit of high-tech Marines find out the hard way when they're sent to investigate a disturbance on the base--which turns out to be nothing less than an infestation of terrifying, evil, flesh-eating monsters. DOOM, based on one of the most popular video games of all time, knows exactly what it wants to do, and wastes no time in doing it. Andrzej Bartkowiak, the director of lean, effective action flicks like ROMEO MUST DIE and EXIT WOUNDS, gets right to the meat of the movie: marines versus monsters in dark, dank corridors. The Rock brings just the right balance of bad-ass attitude and deadpan humor to the role of Sarge, while the cast's other standout is Reaper (LORD OF THE RINGS' Karl Urban), who tries to repair his strained relationship with his sister Samantha (Rosamund Pike), one of the base's scientists. They're joined by a motley crew, including the twisted Portman, intensely religious Goat, affable Duke, and newbie The Kid. While the plot differs from that of the game in a few key ways, it remains true to the spirit of the original--a no-frills fest of shooting, explosions, gore, and vicious zombies. The game was, of course, a "first-person shooter," and in an inspired moment, the movie turns itself into one for a stretch. It's exhilarating, as are several surprising twists that separate this fun, streamlined action extravaganza from lesser video game adaptations.

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Studio Universal
SKU 202122411
UPC 025192031229
UPC 14 00025192031229
Format DVD
Release Date 10/5/2010
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Urban,Karl
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Directors
Name Andrzej Bartkowiak
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Cast & Crew
Andrzej Bartkowiak - Director
Ben Daniels - Actor
Clint Mansell - Musical Score
Dave Callaham - Writer
Derek Brechin - Editor
John Wells - Producer
Karl Urban - Actor
Rosamund Pike - Actor
The Rock - Actor
Tony Pierce-Roberts - Cinematographer
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review It says a lot to admit that the best acting job is turned in by The Rock, who plays Sarge. He's all business, without a hint of mockery or self-parody. For what it is, it's a decent performance. Karl Urban, who played Eomer in a couple of The Lord of the Rings movies, is given enough of a backstory that his character of John Grimm (a.k.a. Reaper) stands out from the pack. Rosamund Pike plays John's sister, Sam. She's notable because she's the only female in the cast. (Like Kiera Knightley, she has gone from Austen - she plays Jane Bennett in the new Pride and Prejudice - to awful.) Everyone else is just waiting to fill a body bag.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Justin Chang
Review Ultra-derivative bigscreen transplant of one of the most successful (and controversial) games ever made plays like a mutant cross between a biotech thriller and a zombie movie, with all the alien autopsies, blood-gushing protuberances and meaningless scientific jargon that come with the territory.
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ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Unrated, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Featurettes, XBox Demo, English, Spanish, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ben Daniels / Deobia Oparei / Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson / Karl Urban / Rosamund Pike / Urban,Karl
Composer Clint Mansell
Director Andrzej Bartkowiak / Tony Pierce-Roberts
Label Mca Home Video
Video Format DVD

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