Doom is a 2005 science fiction horror film, loosely based on the Doom series of video games created by id Software. It was directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and stars Karl Urban and Dwayne Johnson as Space Marines who have to figure out what went wrong with an outpost on Mars.After option deals with Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures expired, id Software signed a deal with Warner Bros. with the stipulation that the movie will be greenlit within 12 months. Warner Bros. lost the rights, which were subsequently given back to Universal Pictures who started production in 2004.In an interview with executive producer John Wells, he stated that a second film would be put into production if the first was a success at the box office. Ticket sales for the opening weekend totaled more than US$15.3 million, but promptly dropped to $4.2 million in its second weekend and the story for a sequel was never written.
Ankle Drag: Duke is killed by an especially gruesome version of this. An Imp grabs his ankles and pulls him through the floor grate he was unlucky enough to be standing on, to quote the script, "as though through a strainer."
Black and White Morality: Chromosome 24 seems to have this. It turns good people into supermen and bad people into monsters. Furthermore, the mutants choose who to infect based on this, preferring to infect bad people, to grow their numbers and not give their prey an advantage.
It's worth noting that Sarge was infected, but remained human/superhuman for an extended period of time. He only began turning during his final fight with Reaper, when he tried to impale Reaper through the mouth with a metal spike. It seems that Sarge's morality tipped to black during that moment, and Chromosome 24 shifted him from superhuman to monster.
Brick Joke: When Duke first encounters a nanowall, his response is: "No, I don't do nanowalls," but no explanation is given. A while later, when Carmack, who has mutated into an imp, attacks and gets caught in the nanowall Duke tells Sam: "That's why I don't do nanowalls."
The Darkness Gazes Back: When one of the soldiers sees a pair of eyes in the darkness. He calls out, thinking it's one of the scientists he's looking for... only to see all the other eyes of the mutated monster opening just before it springs.
Decoy Protagonist: Sarge. The actual Doomguy is Reaper. Sarge even thinks he's still the hero, as prior to being dragged off to certain death, screams "I'm not supposed to die!"
Doomed by Canon: Fans of the game will have known what will happen to Pinky the moment they heard his nickname.
Dying Moment of Awesome: Destroyer doesn't survive his encounter with the Hell Knight, but he sure puts up one hell of a fight before succumbing.
Eleventh Hour Superpower / Emergency Transformation: Sam injects Reaper with C24 to save him from bleeding to death after he is struck by a ricocheting bullet near the end of the film, granting him superhuman abilities for the final fights.
Epic Fail: Mac spends the first half of the movie guarding the Ark. When he is finally called into the facility, his head is ripped off pretty much instantly. Not once did he fire his weapon, nor did he likely even see a demon.
Epic Flail: During his fight in the prison pit, Destroyer uses a computer monitor in this manner.
Fail O Sucky Name: Invoked by Samantha when she asks about her brothers' nickname 'Reaper'.
The Kid invokes this when he is assigned his nickname.
Does Goat qualify?
Fake American: Karl Urban (Kiwi) and Rosamund Pike (British) as siblings John and Samantha Grimm.
First-Person Perspective: Perhaps the best scene in the movie involves Reaper slaughtering waves of zombies and demons in the games' first person perspective.
Heroic Sacrifice: Goat is killed by an Imp, and infected. He comes back to life early in his mutation. Realizing he is turning, he makes a sign of the cross, before smashing his head repeatedly against a bulletproof window, killing himself.
This is actually VERY interesting when you think about it. It's established that Chromosome 24 only infects bad people. Why would it infect someone good and noble enough to kill himself before he can be used to harm others? He must have done some pretty bad stuff in his life to cancel THAT out.
Goat DID seriously imply he had done jail time in the past in a conversation early in the film.
Except that Sam's explanation of how Chromosome 24 works is that it reacts with genetic markers for evil behavior and only turns the people that have them into monsters. Goat could have had an innate genetic potential for evil, but not have acted on it. His extreme religiousness may have even been how he kept himself in check.
Or maybe he actually was pure enough to be made superhuman, but he didn't think he was. Therefore, when the imp accidentally exposed him while attacking, and his regeneration revived him in a way that initially looked a bit grotesque, he assumed he was becoming a monster and did himself in needlessly.
Mac may have been this, considering the demons killed him instead of infecting him.
Likewise with Duke. Although, in his case there was also some evidence to the contrary, as when Imp-Carmack attacks him and Sam and gets caught in the nanowall, it spits out its tongue ( explicitly stated/shown to be the vector of infection and detector of who can be infected) which misses his neck by a suspiciously small distance.
Here's something that'll shatter your perception on everything: the demons do not infect Portman.
Sam later proves that Portman has the right genetic sequence to be infected. The reason he doesn't get infected when the demon grabs him is because they are both killed by Sarge's BFG shot before it has time to infect him.
It Can Think: The infected seem to retain some cognitive functions. As the zombified Dr Olsen used a scalpel to attack Reaper and Goat Again later when the hell knight uses a chainsaw in its fight with Reaper.
One hellknight uses a bone-saw to break through the Ark vault walls and get to Earth.
Kill 'em All: Sarge orders this word-for-word as the fate of the surviving and definitely uninfected UAC personnel.
Sarge: "We kill 'em all. Let God sort 'em out."
Large Ham: After getting infected near the end of the movie, Sarge proceeds to start hamming it up.
Logo Joke: The Universal logo has Mars instead of Earth.
Lowered Monster Difficulty: While the "demons" are inhumanly fast and vicious, and the infected attack on sight for the bulk of the movie, during the first-person shooter scene they suddenly start just standing around posturing a lot, and seem to move much slower. For example: There's a moment where a hell knight bursts through a door and then just stands there roaring while Reaper calmly reloads and then shoots it.
Admittedly, the monsters seeming to move slower could be to represent Reaper's newly-acquired superhuman abilities, but that still doesn't explain why they don't attack.
The Not-Love Interest: Instead of your typical hero/heroine love interest angle, the film uses a familial/platonic bond to great effect: John and Samantha Grimm are estranged but loving fraternal twins.
Pinky: "Aw, there's something behind me isn't there!?"
Rule of Cool / Rule of Scary: Despite the obvious need to safely contain Chromosome 24 experiments, one would think the UAC would come up with something a little more practical than a massive pit with electrified walls.
Especially considering, with how much that thing must have cost, they opted for a bare bulb hanging by its cord as the only source of light in the damn thing. I guess that's what happens when your contractor doesn't plan his budget beforehand.
Self Harm: Goat at one point cuts a cross into his arm because "I took [the Lord's] name in vain." At the same time, it can be seen that he has dozens of other cross-scars on that arm.
Walking Armory: Near the end of the movie when the surviving marines are clearing the UAC facility back on Earth, one can clearly see all of the extra weapons they are carrying (taken from the fallen squad members) slung on their bodies.
Sarge is carrying both Destroyer's chaingun and the BFG in addition to his own weapons.
Duke has Goat's shotgun plus his own assault rifle and sidearm.
The Kid has his two submachine guns plus Portman's assault rifle.
Was Once a Man: All of the "demons" in the movie are revealed to be this, monsters created by the addition of a 24th chromosome pair.
Sam: This thing didn't butcher Wilitz, it is Wilitz.
The Virus: Chromosome 24. Visible in the blood, and transferred via parasitic tongues, bites, or scratches.