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Doom - Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, The Rock, Andrzej Bartkowiak

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Movie propaganda

Hell breaks loose.

Millions of devoted fans worldwide have been spellbound by the dark invention of its adventures... have awaited its every incarnation with urgent anticipation... and have devoted countless hours, days and weeks to conquering its hidden mysteries: Doom. When the home-computer game Doom was first launched in 1993, no one could have foreseen the legion of fans it would create and the mania surrounding its every new permutation. Doom and its successive instalments have transfixed gamers worldwide for over a decade and have sold millions of copies (while chalking up an unprecedented tens of millions of downloads as shareware). It is, simply, the most explosive home-computer game franchise phenomenon in history. Now, the game that made history is jumping from computer screens to the motion picture screen: get ready for Doom.

Something has gone wrong at a remote scientific research station on Mars. All research has ceased. Communication has failed. And the messages that do get through are less than comforting. It's a Level 5 quarantine and the only souls allowed in or out are the Rapid Response Tactical Squad - hardened marines armed to the teeth with enough fire-power to neutralise any enemy... or so they think.

Persons of interest

  • Karl Urban .... John Grimm
  • Rosamund Pike .... Samantha
  • The Rock .... Sarge
  • Andrzej Bartkowiak .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: any movie with people shooting other people who have been infected with aliens out in space is Alien. In space, no-one can hear you scream, but they can sure hear the photocopier.

The best part of Doom is the homage to the game's first-person viewpoint, when the hero takes up his weapons and chases monsters about Mars. This scene includes the chainsaw, one of my preferred weapons when chasing alien monsters about abandoned space stations. Enjoy the popcorn.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong violence, coarse language)

Surveillance time

100 minutes (1:40 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 27 October 2005

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