Originally posted by dstranathan
I enjoyed the film. I loved the game and have played every Doom and Quake since the early days. I didnt go in to the theatre with high expectations. I had fun. It wasnt very accurate, but then again, ID Software has never been good at providing a compelling story in the first place.
I think the Half-Life game series would be WAY better as a film to be honest. As much as I love the Doom games, I must admit that there isnt much to build on in terms of a motion picture epic story line without some creative brainstorming on the writers behalf to add some meat to the story.
Hmm. I think done right Doom would actually make a decent movie just by staying true to Doom 1. There would need to be basically no other characters who survive more than a minute. No character development. Just gruesome, shocking raw horror for a few seconds at a time, intertwined with foreboding slower sequences which set the rhythm right and advance the plot piece by piece - after all the guy basically has no idea why everything is going so bad. It would need to slow down pretty much from the game, of course, and much less mass slaughter. At the end, Hell sequence, just 10 minutes. Doom Guy finds and kills one major demon. I'm specifically thinking of this movie called "Audition" for influences. It had such sick last 15 minutes that it literally had me squeezing armrests, fight or flight reflex attempting to kick in, it was hard to sit down and watch. (Many people left the theater, too.) Hell should be like this, just pouring those tortured people and demons on you. If there is a calm moment to look around and think "Yeah... Hell. So?" the thing needs to be cut shorter. Hell has to be a frame of mind half pain and half scared witless. If the frame of mind drops just for a second and there is only a visual, it doesn't work. This also means there can't be a multi-minute open horror/action sequence anywhere else in the movie, because it drains people. They have to have the energy for the finale.
Would take a hell of a director
to make that work, but I'm sure someone could. Probably not anyone who'd pass the Hollywood acceptance test, though, and the movie's age rating would go up as I understand there is still one rating above what Doom has now.
So as a whole it'd be sort of an 2-hour horror/adventure thing with no attempt to stuff it with lighter, comical moments. Maybe just one scene where the Doom guy has trouble with flashlight and gun
In other words, nothing that distracts from the rollercoaster-experience unless you want it to.
very cool, extensive review, thank you!
one-liners - there are one-liners in Doom3? I'm sure there wasn't a single comment from the Doom Guy in Doom 1 + 2.