Based on the popular 1st person shooter video game, can Doom: Annihilation better the 2005 attempt?
Movies adapted from video games tend to have a history of being misses rather then hits. There’s the odd few that get it right such as Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider (2018) and those that miss the mark by a long shot such as Super Mario Bros with Bob Hoskins or Street Fighter with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Doom has already been adapted into a film starring Karl Urban and The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson in 2005. Whilst it’s not the greatest film, I did find it enjoyable. The big selling point for the film was when they copy the first person perspective of the video game and I thought this was done rather well.
Fast forward to 2019 and they’re trying again. Doom: Annihilation is coming from Universal 1440 Entertainment. This is the department that makes all those sequels that you didn’t realise existed when your browsing the DVD section of your local video store.
They’re responsible for titles such as The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, Tremors 5: Bloodlines and Kindergarten Cop 2. Films that didn’t need a sequel but got one anyway. These kinds of films are produced for direct to DVD release and streaming platforms.
From this first thirty-second trailer for Doom: Annihilation, it looks as if the core elements are in place. A base on Mars, a scientist admitting he’s opened a portal to hell and a variety of evil monsters.
My only problem is that the whole film looks so cheap. Will I still watch it though? Probably.
Doom: Annihilation will be available later in the year.