Bloody and gory. Not for kids.
  • Review Date: February 6, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

Based on a first person shooter video game, the movie is primarily comprised of shooting, blowing up, and blood-letting.


With all the killing going on, sex is secondary, though one marine refers early on to a liaison with "she-males."


Repeated f-word.


The film promotes the video game by its very existence.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Marines use drugs to enhance violent performance.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie -- based on a first-person-shooter video game -- includes loads of shooting, which leads to frequent bloody wounds, dismemberments, and explosions. The marines curse repeatedly (they're especially fond of the f-word and "hell"), the monsters roar, attack, and generally look ugly. One marine anticipates going on leave, where he will have sex with "she-males." When a young marine takes a drug, a veteran rebukes him for being irresponsible. Monsters are dispatched horrifically. One marine is beheaded, another slammed against walls and ceiling, and still another turns into a monster and kills himself (being Christian, he crosses himself first) by slamming his head into an unbreakable window. One character in a wheelchair is missing his lower body, explained as the result of a molecular transportation accident.

What's the story?

A group of Marines, led by Sarge (The Rock), are sent to Mars to investigate a containment breach: an archeological research facility has lost scientists and data. The scientists have run into the fallout from a gone-wrong experiment conducted by a previous crew on this now "dead planet," namely, super-strong, super-mean genetic mutants. They pass on their "infection" by piercing flesh, preferably the neck, whereupon a 24th chromosome pair is transmitted into the victim, who dies then revives, ready to kill everything in sight, zombie-style. Among these researchers is forensic archaeologist Samantha Grimm (Rosamund Pike), whose brother John (Karl Urban) is one of Sarge's best marines.

Is it any good?


Predictably bloody and gory, DOOM's violence is video-gameish and relentless. The Rock is entertaining, showing off his hard body and investing workmanlike dialogue with some humor. When an archeological research facility on Mars comes under assault by monstrous mutants, he and his men are assigned to recover survivors and data, but most important, to contain the threat. Sarge's dedication to the mission seems exceedingly simple. The unit is assigned to retrieve data and keep the mutants from moving through the same passageway (called the "Arc") through which he and the guys have arrived on Mars. If this means everyone dies along with the mutants, so be it.

The Rock is the most charismatic object on screen, gazing hard at each opponent, whether mutant, civilian, or wayward commandee, to ensure each feels his incipient wrath. Though Sarge loves his signature Doom weapons (including the Bio Force Gun, nicknamed the "BFG"), he is not granted the film's fan-treating first person shooter point-of-view sequence. While it's clever, it also suggests the limits of such perspective for movies, where consumers can't interact. Watching the weapons take out creature after creature, while the guitar-track grinds on, you find yourself waiting for The Rock to show up again. He's where the action is.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the value of following orders, even when they seem wrong: does the Kid do the right thing by refusing to kill civilians who might be infected? Is Sarge right to follow orders no matter what? And, though the sister resents her brother's choice to become a soldier, how does the film suggest her dedication to science might also be misplaced?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 21, 2005
DVD release date:February 7, 2006
Cast:Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike
Director:Andrzej Bartkowiak
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong violence, gore, and language

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Teen, 16 years old Written byg0d_bLeSS_cAtAs... April 9, 2008

This movie is flippin' sweet!

I saw this with my dad, and I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOOVED IT! I screamed at the sudden scary parts, though, I recommend this the video game fanatics, as one part is actually like a person playing the game. Zombie alien monsters popped up, but that wasn't a very big problem. One part, when a woman's getting chased by an alien, her arm is stuck through the elevator door and blood squirts out after her hand falls off. This is towards the beginning and is very very scary. Thank you, that is all.
Teen, 16 years old Written byqueenrachie2 April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bytreeza September 9, 2011

Stupid. Prior to contrary belief this movie is NOT great.

Little kids are just bragging about watching this movie. I'm still rather young myself, but quite frankly, I found that it was outright boring. A waste of time. Don't bother. RANDOM RANT: fuzzyleetlelammz 'adult' (yeah right, more like a 10-13 year old) Quote: "they say naughty words." reading that review made me wonder how far our world has come. People are proud to admit their desensitization. We are growing up in a world of violence, excessive profanity and child exploitation. The future looks very unstable. I'm going to be killed by a five year old before I reach the age of 20 because they've been introduced to movies like Saw and the Human Centipede from a very young age. Wish I'd been born 50 years ago. I don't care if kids scoff at this review and say I'm being pathetic. They've been brainwashed, a lot like the idiotic (and I mean that, no sorry in here) parents that are allowing their children to watch things like this. They're CHILDREN not potential criminals or prostitutes.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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