Doom: Annihilation           review by Bobby Blakey

In 2005 the popular computer game Doom made its way onto the big screen starring Karl Urban and Dwayne Johnson. While I enjoyed the film it didn’t spawn a new franchise as expected, but they are taking another shot at it with the latest film Doom: Annihilation. Could this reboot film offer up something new and worthy of the game franchise or will it be unable to reload in time?

Doom: Annihilation follows a group of UAC Marines as they respond to a distress call from a top secret scientific base on Phobos, a Martian moon, only to discover it's been overrun by demons who threaten to create Hell on Earth. I was a fan of the original game and had a ton of fun with the original film, so was interested in giving this latest chapter a chance. They did a decent job of setting up this new universe and trying to get some of the game stuff in there, but sadly it came off more like a SyFy channel.

This doesn’t make it a horrible film or anything and I have no doubt there are going to be people that enjoy it, but for me it just fell short of what it could have been. None of the characters are overly interesting despite them trying to create some sort of tension with them. I will give the film credit on the action and look of the creatures. There are a couple of full on shoot outs that offer up some great moments and a blast to watch. The creatures look great and being the vibe of the game to the screen, but it’s the stuff in between the brings it down.

I was hoping for more here and as I mention will no doubt find its audience with some fans who just want to see the game come to life again. Decide for yourself and you’re your copy of Doom: Annihilation when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 1st from Universal Home Entertainment.

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