Rated R 100 minutes 2005

There's a sequence late in this movie that you may have heard about -- a first-person perspective in which the camera becomes the eyes of the hero and runs around shooting monsters in a manner that duplicates the video-game experience almost exactly (third-unit director Jon Farhat is the man for pulling it off). It's fantastic, but unfortunately it's only about five minutes long, and then there's the rest of the movie to contend with. Mostly, things play like a parody of Predator and the average 13-year-old gamer's conception of what tough-guy soldiers might be like. Teleported to an archeological station on Mars, a group of Marines led by The Rock and Karl Urban must figure out what went wrong and why people seem to be disappearing. The answer, naturally, involves monsters. Based more on the moody Doom 3 game than the original, which featured satanic imagery and demons from hell, the movie ultimately cops out by culminating in a fistfight between two humans, with nary a cyborg missile-throwing devil in sight.

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Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Writer: David Callaham

Producer: John Wells and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura

Cast: Karl Urban, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Ben Daniels, Razaaq Adoti, Richard Brake, Dexter Fletcher, Yao Chin, Robert Russell and Daniel York



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