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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Based on a first person shooter video game, the movie is primarily comprised of shooting, blowing up, and blood-letting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
With all the killing going on, sex is secondary, though one marine refers early on to a liaison with "she-males."
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Products & Purchases
The film promotes the video game by its very existence.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Marines use drugs to enhance violent performance.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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