Wednesday, November 09, 2005

[Film] Doom

** (Average)

It’s the Doom movie that’s better than we deserve & yet seems created by people who have barely played the game.

Way better than I expected it to be – with some interesting characterisations and performances & swiftly getting into the action. But, in increasing order of severity, it:

- Is yet another lesser imitiation of Predator and Aliens

- is boring for large stretches.

- Doesn’t shoot most of its action from BEHIND the soldiers

- It’s a zombie movie.

- Constantly opts for conventional, seen-it-before choices; and

- Doesn’t have enough DOOM action. There’s such a slow build in intensity and variety of monsters that it’s nearly 80 minutes before the first setpiece that fits with the game happens.

To be fair, that’s followed by about 10 minutes of very cool stuff, but still …



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8 comments:

hix said...

... & hey, Sean, Rosamund Pike played Miranda Frost in Die Another Day.

hix said...

The link in the date, above, goes to her IMDB profile.

Jenni said...

There's something funny going on with your list tags...

hix said...

They seem fine (some of them are heavily cross-referenced, though). What are you seeing that's odd?

Jenni said...

I can see If!supportlists and endif over and over again in square brackets.

What browser are you using?

hix said...

I'm using Firefox. Hang on, I'll try it in Windows ...

Weird! I see what you mean. You're talking about the list of negatives in the Doom review, right?

Hmm, might have something to do with transferring it from Word.

Seraph said...

... And you actually needed to SEE this film to know this stuff ? Hell - I knew it would be crappy, and I still have my $14 !! Movies are getting too expensive to risk on bollocks, in my humble opinion. It wasn't so bad when films cost $8 to see, but it's almost double that now ( and then there's parking ... ). I'm still steamed that I paid to see Resident Evil 2 ...

hix said...

Sean & I boldly dove into it because watching probably-bad movies is something we do. However, I expected incompently staged action, not complete lack of. That was a genuine surprise.

re:RE2 - that scene in the cemetery was hilarious. Actually, most of it was hilarious. Which is not what I want in my survival horror films, to be sure.