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Film: Doom

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.

This movie contains examples of

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The Olduvai complex has one of these. For some reason.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Portman and the Kid spy on a woman undressing. She turns out to be a monster.
  • 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."
  • An Arm and a Leg: A scientist in the opening gets her arm lopped off by a closing door. It becomes a plot point later on.
  • Armour Piercing Question:
    Reaper: What was in the files? What were you sent to protect?
    Sam: The research data!
    Reaper: Research into what?
  • Asshole Victim: Arguably Sarge. Up until he was infected, he really was just following the rules like any good soldier. Whether or not the UAC's rules should have been followed is another story.
    • Portman and Dr. Carmack, far less arguably.
  • As the Good Book Says: Goat quotes Peter 5:8 (KJV) while the squad is in the sewer.
    Goat: Be sober. Be vigilant. For your adversary the devil walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Sarge.
  • BFG: Sarge liberates one from the armory. It's called "Bio Force Gun" there, but Sarge states its TRUE full name when acquiring it ("Big... Fucking... Gun...").
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Goat is Driven to Suicide by slamming his head into the glass over and over again before he can fully become a monster.
  • Big Brother Instinct: John will fight the hordes of hell to save his sister.
  • 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.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. All three black characters make it a decent chunk of the way through the movie.
  • Body Horror
  • 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."
  • Borrowed Biometric Bypass: The Sarge uses the severed hand of the woman from the intro, to access the BFG.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Duke.
  • Movie Posters Always Lie: At no point in the film is an FN P90 used.
    • The movie also has nothing to do with Hell, despite the poster's tagline.
      • Although they do try to make some connection, mostly with the following line:
        Reaper: Christ, don't you get it? It's this place, it's hell, it always was.
  • Darkness Equals Death: The first squad member death occurs in the sewer, after his flashlight fails.
  • 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!"
  • Dirty Coward: Portman, though he has several moments of Lovable Coward, too.
    • Also Pinky, given that he apparently flees through the Ark rather than destroy it and the hell knight attempting to get through it with a grenade, as he was ordered.
  • Distress Call: Dr. Carmack sends one in the opening scene, though it wasn't so much a distress call as it was a command to initiate the containment procedures.
  • Doing in the Wizard : An element of the adaptation being changing the antagonists from demons from hell in the original game, to mutants created through splicing some LEGO Genetics learned from alien ruins.
  • Doomed by Canon: Fans of the game will have known what will happen to Pinky the moment they heard his nickname.
  • Dull Surprise: Done deliberately when itís discovered Mac got his head torn off.
    Sarge: Aw, shit.
  • 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?
  • First-Person Perspective: Perhaps the best scene in the movie involves Reaper slaughtering waves of zombies and demons in the games' first person perspective.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Averted. John and Sam look nothing alike.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Pinky, thanks to a glitch in teleportation, lost the lower half of his body. Fortunately, thanks to the advanced technology, he survives and has a Super Wheelchair grafted directly onto his spine instead.
  • 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.
  • Improvised Weapon: Destroyer turns the entire holding cell into one.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Anyone Chromosome 24 refuses to infect. Reaper and Destroyer are confirmed as this.
    • 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.
  • Just for Pun: Grimm's nickname on the team is Reaper. Grimm Reaper. Get it?
  • 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.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Sarge's dying words could be seen this way, given the level of fame enjoyed by Dwayne Johnson:
  • 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.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: The hell knight's death via Reaper's proximity mine.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: After discovering that some of the previously-thought-dead scientists might reanimate as monsters, the marines take to double-tapping any "corpses" they come across.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Dr. Todd Carmack is named after John Carmack, co-founder of id Software.
  • 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.
  • Off with His Head!!: Mac.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Though every soldier has a name in the script, most of them are referred to only by their handle ID's.
  • Only 0.2% Different: The movie had an additional chromosome that caused people to become demons.
    • Or supermen, depending on who they were.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Rosamund Pike and Karl Urban's American accents get a bit dodgy during parts of the film.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Duke asks Reaper if he let "that fine piece of ass get away", to which Reaper responds "she's my sister."
  • Orphan's Ordeal: John and Sam lost their parents in an accident at the site when they were kids.
  • Parental Abandonment: The Kidís parents up and left him one day. He claims they wanted the TV more than they wanted him.
  • Palate Propping: Subverted, and in a grislier-than-usual fashion.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Destroyer.
  • Portal Cut: How Pinky lost his legs. The nanowall also works something like this when Imp-Carmack gets caught in it.
    Reaper: "He means he went to one galaxy, his ass went to another."
  • Right Behind Me / Oh Crap: Pinky and the Hell Knight
    Pinky: "Aw, there's something behind me isn't there!?"
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Goat. He's so religious that he self-harms when he takes the Lordís name in vain.
  • 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.
  • Shoot Everything That Moves: Sarge's orders when the surviving squad members are about to head back to Earth through the Ark.
    Sarge: "We uphold quarantine. Nothing gets to the elevator back on Earth..... If it breathes: Kill it!"
  • Shot to the Heart: While the squad is attempting to revive Goat.
  • Shout-Out: The introduction of the Space Marines is a shout out to similar introduction of the heroes of Predator.
  • Side Bet:
    Portman: Five bucks says this shit ain't nothing but a disgruntled employee with a gun.
  • The Squad / The Team:
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death
    • In the middle of holding off a group of infected scientists, Duke is suddenly yanked through a floor grate by an imp.
    • Mac. In terms of time actually spent in the facility, he lasted the shortest, by far. Never even saw his killer, never saw a demon, never fired his weapon.
  • Teleportation Sickness: Using the Ark isn't shown to be that pleasant an experience.
    • But it used to be far worse, subject to turbulence.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Semper Fi, motherfucker!"
  • Undignified Death: Portman. Granted, he wasn't USING the toilet, but yeah.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to his sister, Grimm used to be sensitive and empathetic.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: How Portman is finished.
  • 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.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When faced with the chance to destroy the data, which could be used to create more mutant monsters, Sarge refuses to do it. Later on, he kills all the personnel despite Grimm telling him some arenít infected.
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