Come on now, if you go to see DOOM
This movie was Surprisingly Good in the way that Alone In The Dark was Surprisingly Bad. It helped that the preview for DOOM was poorly done to start with. The First-Person-Shooter-View which was emphasized in the preview made up a very small (and very humorous) part of the movie. From the preview, you might have guessed the entire movie was simply a recorded video game, but the FPS view was about five minutes, tops, and all in one giant snippet, and one of the funniest parts of the movie, so no worries.
The FX were really good, and like the movie Aliens they don’t show the monsters right away. They did a good job in building a suspenseful environment that is such a crucial part of the game’s success. The movie did not rely on a ton of CG, which I appreciated.
The plot (yes, there was a plot) was just enough to hold the action together, and keep characters moving from place to place (much like either of the Resident Evil movies). This is above and beyond what a film like DOOM requires, and I for one was pleasantly surprised by it. Don’t expect the story to follow the premise of the game.
The ringing endorsement came from Xtna, who said it best: “It wasn’t that awful”