Doom: Annihilation (a 2019 film) is the second Doom movie since the 1990s video game.
The first Doom movie in 2005 was a money-losing $60 million blockbuster. The 2005 Doom movie starred The Rock, Karl Urban, and Rosamund Pike. id Software, the developer of the Doom video game, supported the original Doom movie. Unfortunately, the movie got low ratings. It was also not true to the video game. Although my 12-year old son enjoyed the 2005 movie and still remembers it as enjoyable today.
Doom: Annihilation is a low budget film released directly to video. id Software does not support this film; I think that is foolish since this is more like the video game.
Weak Points of Doom: Annihilation:
- None of the actors are well-known figures, that is a fact, not a weak point. Unfortunately, the lead female actor, the star of the movie, Amy Manson playing Lt. Joan Dark – well, her name is misspelled in the opening credits. In the closing credits, her name gets corrected. That is just nasty, tacky and cheap, but rather amusing.
- During the first segment of the mayhem on the Martian moon Phobos, the staff transforms into zombies due to their research on teleportation. The zombies attack for awhile. This is a good thing, but it’s the same four or five zombies attacking the crew over and over and over. It quickly becomes amusing.
- The Marines spent way to much time moving in formation through the hallways saying, “Clear.”
- The dialogue is simple and you never develop any respect or feeling for any character. All the characters are one dimensional there to yell a few lines and usually die, just like a video game.
Good Points of Doom: Annihilation:
- Surprisingly, Doom: Annihilation has a strong female lead. A strong female lead almost turns Doom: Annihilation into a formidable female movie similar to Close, Another Life or Tomb Raider (all reviewed on FrankMovieReviews). It’s refreshing to see a strong female lead in a Doom movie, but will there be any female viewers? A strong female lead is a good thing.
- Reading an easy, trashy novel is sometimes all you want; quick and simple. Doom: Annihilation is precisely that, a quick, trashy read. Strong females and egotistical men; no sex but lots of violence, and over in only 97 minutes – and this is one of the good points.
- I remember playing the video game in the 90s copied from a 3½-inch disk onto my hard drive. I’m no longer a fan, but I’ve read there are many easter eggs from the video games embedded in the movie. All I remember are zombies and demons, different color key cards to access higher levels, chainsaws, shotguns, and a lot of first-person shooting. More faithful to the video game is a good point.
- You get to see three different types of demons along with the zombie humans. The main demon is below. The other two are with Lt. Joan Dark in Hell.
Doom: Annihilation a 2019 film, is a quick trashy movie that tries to be true to the video game and can be an enjoyable watch with the right vacant attitude. It fails in the dialogue and characters, but it makes up a lot of ground by including references to the video game. Unfortunately, not enough time is spent with some of the easter eggs. They only used a chainsaw and shotgun for about 10 seconds; those were my favorite weapons in the video game.