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Monday, October 24, 2005

We're doomed! Doomed!

There is only so much you can say about a movie based on a famous game. They've been yapping away about Doom the movie, starring NZ's own ex-Shorters actor (is there another sort?) Karl Urban, for a while now. It should have given them enough time to at least Google Doom for a few fact checks,
Though a variety of weapons are used in the film - including the game's infamous Big Chain Gun -
Sigh, that is the BFG, Big F***ing Gun. The chain gun is just "the chain gun," even though it was pretty damn good before the ammo was burned off in twenty seconds. But Urban at least knows the game
Urban, like most of the core cast, had played Doom. "The opportunity to have my own 3D version of it, and to play it out, was a no-brainer for me," he says.
I remember well the occasional late night game and then wandering home through a dark and deserted campus, twitching at the corners of buildings. But back to the hype
"The most important thing was to be be true to the essence and core of it..." says co-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Ahhh, how hard is it to stay faithful to "see it, shoot it and hit quick-save bloody often"? But Urban has the best quote,
It was a very solid script with fantastic three-dimensional characters
Doom was of course strictly two-dimensional, with some pseudo-3D thrown in to make it more realistic. You couldn't "aim" up or down. Perhaps they should have gone for two-dimensional characters to stay faithful. Although those big demon things with horns and goat legs were bad enough in 2D on a 14" monitor. How will it do?
How Doom does at the box office is likely to be closely watched by the industry. Though some screen adaptations of video games have been box office gold, including Lara Croft Tomb Raider and Resident Evil, some others have bombed, badly, including an early adaptation of Super Mario Bros and the animated Final Fantasy The Spirits Within.
Hmmm, the movies based on games featuring hot action chicks with guns do well, ones featuring short mustachioed men and weak manga don't. Who'd have thought it?
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Posted by Chefen | 10/24/2005 02:10:00 AM


Anonymous spam said...

Well, I was reading a few 'reviews' (well, short observations really) by people who'd seen it. They summarised that it was crap:

Spoiler alert.....

"Doom is by far the worst movie I have seen in the last few years. While walking out of the theater trying to forget the nightmare I just witnessed, I heard someone say that it was somewhere between awful and horrible. They couldn't have been more right." -

"After crashing bores like The Cave and the lamentably poor Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the horror-action genre needed a kick up the ass and it gets one here, and then some." -

"First off, while I'm a big fan of the game I also realize that in adaptations some things have to be (and should be) changed because film is a different medium. I wasn't expecting anything much; just a nice riff on ALIENS but based on the game. Unfortunately DOOM suffers big time from Paul W.S. Anderson Syndrome. In other words, everything looks good and is by the numbers but there's a LOT of wasted potential here. It checks in at just under 90 minutes and I was checking my watch the whole time. Also, they should just call this RESIDENT EVIL IN SPACE." -

The following are slight SPOILERS of the film, so don't read them unless you want to know:

a)A planet other than Mars.
b)A black clothed pseudo-SWAT team instead of Space Marines.
c)A plot point about the last 10% of the human genome and how if you inject some fucking chromosome or some shit from an ancient civilisation into someone it causes them to mutate into their own shitcock 'inner demon'.
d) 'Demons' that only infect 'evil' people. They kill the people with good souls.
d) About 5 fucking monsters tops.
e)A long lost sister.
f)A mysterious past to the main character (ear rupturing flashback out of fucking nowhere ahoy!).
g)No supernatural elements whatsoever.
h)Yes, the 'Bio Force Gun 9000' is in the film, and is used twice. Once to kill a monster we never even see, and evil Rock uses it at the end and misses.

Sounds like it will be another kickass movie! The Halo movie has Peter Jackson backing it as Executive Producer and the WETA team, so we will see how that one will fare.

10/24/2005 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Heh, beat me to it. Doom is a waste of effort and money to go and see. They've deviated from the premise of the game story line so much that its not really Doom in anything but name.

They're not even using Demons from Hell!!! Its some weird viral agent thats been released. And they're not even on Mars! I mean, come on!!! They story could have at least started on Phobos and moved to Mars, or something that involved the two.

The movie isn't so much based on Doom from 1993 as it is intended to be more familiar to those that only ever knew Doom3. Unfortunately, they didn't even get that right.

10/24/2005 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Halo the movie done by WETA? Aw crap, I was hoping for 3 hours of red vs blue.

Doom3 sucks ass too. It is just a polished version of Doom1,2, etc. Sure you can look up and down and the lighting is very artistic, but it was still the same old "walk down a corridor, turn a corner, get shot in the back, turn around and see a monster has just exited from a secret door that magicly opens when you pass a certain trigger point".

I can understand the narratory imperitive of having a lot of rooms and corridors on an alien planet, but after playing FarCry and HalfLife2 both with genuinely large arenas, Doom3 is just too constrained.


10/24/2005 04:17:00 PM  

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