Doom (film)

Doom is a 2005 science fiction horror[4] film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and written by David Callaham and Wesley Strick, loosely based on the video game series of the same name by id Software. The film stars Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Razaaq Adoti, and Dwayne Johnson. In the film, a group of Marines are sent on a rescue mission to a facility on Mars, where they encounter genetically engineered creatures.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrzej Bartkowiak
Produced byLorenzo di Bonaventura
Screenplay by
Based onDoom
by id Software
Music byClint Mansell
CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts
Edited byDerek Brechin
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 17, 2005 (2005-10-17) (Los Angeles)
  • October 21, 2005 (2005-10-21) (United States)
  • October 27, 2005 (2005-10-27) (Germany)
  • November 3, 2005 (2005-11-03) (Czech Republic)
  • December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02) (United Kingdom)
Running time
104 minutes[1]
  • United States[2][3]
  • United Kingdom
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
Budget$60–70 million[4][5]
Box office$55.9 million[4]

After film rights deals with Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures expired, id Software signed a deal with Warner Bros. with the stipulation that the film would be green-light within a year.[6] Warner Bros. lost the rights, which were subsequently given back to Universal, which started production in 2004. The film was an international co-production of the United States, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

Doom was theatrically released in the United States on October 21, 2005 to negative reviews. The film was a box office bomb, grossing $55.9 million worldwide against a production budget between $60 million–70 million. In 2019, Universal released a second live-action adaptation direct-to-video titled Doom: Annihilation.


In 2026, a wormhole portal, the Ark, to an ancient city on Mars is discovered deep below the Nevada desert. Twenty years later, the 85 personnel at the Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) research facility on Mars are attacked by an unknown assailant. Following a distress call sent by Dr. Carmack, a squad of eight Marines are sent to the research facility. The team includes squad leader Sgt. Asher "Sarge" Mahonin, "Duke", "Destroyer", Portman, "Mac", a rookie("Kid") and John "Reaper" Grimm. They are sent on a search-and-destroy mission to Mars, with UAC only concerned with retrieval of computer data from their anthropology, archeology and genetics experiments.

The team uses the Ark to reach Mars, ordering the Earth site on lockdown. Arriving on Mars, they are met by UAC employee "Pinky". Reaper finds his twin sister, Dr. Sam Grimm, and escorts her to retrieve the data. He learns that a dig site, where their parents were accidentally killed years earlier, was reopened and ancient skeletons of a genetically enhanced (having artificially added a 24th chromosome) humanoid race were discovered.

While searching for survivors in the facility, the Marines find a traumatized and injured Dr. Carmack and escort him to the medical lab for treatment, but he later disappears. The Marines shoot at an unknown creature in the genetics lab that leads them down into the facility's sewer, where it attacks and kills Goat. They kill the creature and take it to the medical lab, where Sam performs an autopsy and discovers that its organs are human. She and Duke witness Goat resurrecting and killing himself by smashing his head against a reinforced window. The two are attacked by a creature, trap it, and soon deduce that it is a mutated Dr. Carmack.

The squad methodically track down and destroy several of the creatures, though Mac, Destroyer and Portman die in the process. An angered Sarge kills the mutated Dr. Carmack. Sam, Reaper, and Sarge learn that UAC was experimenting on humans using the extra Martian Chromosome (C24) harvested from the remains of the ancient skeletons, but the mutants got loose, leading to the outbreak. Sam and Reaper try to convince Sarge that the creatures are humans from the facility, mutated by the C24 serum, and that not all of those infected will fully transform into the creatures. Sam hypothesises that some of those injected with C24 will develop superhuman abilities but retain their humanity, while others with a predisposition for violent or psychotic behavior will become creatures, a pattern she believes also happened with the Martians, who built the Ark to escape.

Some creatures use the Ark to reach Earth, where they slaughter or mutate the research staff. The Marines, Sam and Pinky follow, and Sarge orders the squad to sanitize the entire facility. When Kid informs Sarge that he found, but refuses to kill, a group of survivors, Sarge executes Kid for insubordination, leading to a standoff with an armed Pinky. The group is suddenly attacked by creatures who kill Duke and drag Sarge and Pinky away. Reaper is wounded by a ricocheting bullet. To prevent him from bleeding to death, Sam injects her brother with the C24 serum, despite his concern that his violent past predisposes him to transform to a creature.

Reaper regains consciousness and finds his wounds have healed and that Sam has gone missing. He uses his new C24 superhuman abilities he fights his way through the facility, even battling a mutated and monstrous Pinky before finding an unconscious Sam with Sarge, who has become infected and has murdered the group of survivors Kid had previously found. Reaper and Sarge battle, both of them enhanced with superhuman powers. Reaper is able to gain the upper hand and throws Sarge through the Ark back to Mars along with a grenade, which destroys Sarge and the Mars facility. Reaper then carries his unconscious sister into the elevator and rides back up to ground level in Nevada.


  • Karl Urban as Staff Sergeant John "Reaper" Grimm: Grimm is the son of UAC scientists who were killed in an accident during the early excavation of a Martian dig site. He abandoned his scientific heritage and joined the military to forget about this personal disaster. He is the twin brother (younger by two minutes) of Dr. Samantha Grimm.
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Gunnery Sergeant Asher "Sarge" Mahonin: The leader of the squad.
  • Rosamund Pike as Dr. Samantha Grimm: A scientist on Mars, and John Grimm's twin sister.
  • Deobia Oparei as Sergeant Roark "Destroyer" Gannon: The heavy weapons specialist of the squad.
  • Ben Daniels as Corporal Eric "Goat" Fantom: A senior member of the squad. Fiercely religious, he is prone to quoting scripture and performing acts of self-harm in response to his own sins.
  • Raz Adoti as Sergeant Gregory "Duke" Schofield: Sergeant Schofield is obsessed with two things - girls and games.
  • Richard Brake as Corporal Dean Portman: Portman is amoral, and frequently voices his inner thoughts and desires.
  • Al Weaver as Private Mark "The Kid" Dantalian: The youngest member of the squad, on his first mission.
  • Dexter Fletcher as Marcus "Pinky" Pinzerowski : A technician on Mars assigned to coordinate the squad's communications. Due to an accident with the Ark, he lost his lower body before the story started.
  • Brian Steele as Hell Knight/Curtis Stahl.
  • Yao Chin as Private First Class Katsuhiko Kumanosuke "Mac" Takahashi: The squad's technical expert, he left university to join RRTS.
  • Robert Russell as Dr. Todd Carmack: The base's chief scientist.
  • Daniel York as Lieutenant Hunegs: The leader of Mars security.
  • Ian Hughes as Sanford Crosby, UAC's public relations representative.
  • Sara Houghton as Dr. Jenna Willits: Dr. Willits' wife.
  • Vladislav Dyntera as Dr. Steve Willits: Another scientist.
  • Doug Jones as Carmack Imp and Sewer Imp



Between 1994 and 1995, following the success of Doom II, Hollywood began gaining interest in producing a live-action film adaptation of Doom. Universal Pictures initially acquired the rights, which were later obtained by Columbia TriStar. Former CEO of id Software Todd Hollenshead stated that a number of factors prevented the project from moving forward such as the Columbine High School massacre, lack of producers, and poor scripts. The id Software team screened a presentation of Doom 3 to agents from Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to see if they were interested in the property.[7] Producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and John Wells eventually obtained the rights.

Di Bonaventura and Wells initially set development for the film at Warner Bros., however, the duo moved development of the project to Universal after Warner Bros. failed to move the project into production after 15 months.[8] The terms of the deal with Universal included gross point royalties for the developer and rights holder.[7] In 2004, Enda McCallion was attached to direct the film and David Callaham was named the screenwriter, with the script loosely adapting elements from Doom 3.[8] Callaham's early draft featured the Cacodemon, Arch-Vile, and other demons from the games but were cut due to time and budgetary reasons.[9] Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg were approached to polish the script's dialogue, however, Wright and Pegg declined and Wesley Strick was hired instead.[9] Production was scheduled to begin in Winter 2004 in Prague.[10]


Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the lead. Vin Diesel was offered the lead but turned it down. Dwayne Johnson was offered the role of "John Grimm" but turned it down in favor of "Sarge", stating, "For some reason I was drawn more to Sarge, I thought "Sarge" was, to me, more interesting and had a darker side."[9] In September 2004, Karl Urban and Rosamund Pike were cast as John and Samantha Grimm.[11] The RRTS actors underwent military training under military advisor Tom McAdams.[9]


The film's score was composed by Clint Mansell, upon which he produced a remix of the Nine Inch Nails song "You Know What You Are?", which was used in the film's ending credits. The song "Switchback" by Celldweller was licensed to be used for marketing and media purposes, such as the theatrical trailer and TV spots.


Critical response

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 19% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 132 reviews, with the critical consensus "Sure to please fans of the video game, but lacking in plot and originality to please other moviegoers."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average rating of 34 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[13]

Roger Ebert said, "Doom is like some kid came over and is using your computer and won't let you play."[14] Rob Gonsalves gave it two stars, citing incoherent action sequences, flat and humorless characters, and poor acting: "Only Richard Brake, as the sleazy and duplicitous grunt Portman, gives a performance of any interest, and even that's on the level of caricature."[15] In 2009, Time listed the film on its list of top-10 worst video games movies.[16]

In a 2009 interview, Johnson described the film as an example of "trying and failing" to do a good video game adaptation, and that it was a cautionary tale of what "not to do".[17] John Carmack (co-founder of id Software and co-creator of Doom) spoke favorably of the film, stating, "I liked it. Nobody expects a video game movie to be Oscar material, but I thought it was a solid action movie with lots of fun nods to the gaming community."[9]

Home media

Doom was released on VHS and DVD on February 7, 2006, HD DVD on April 26, 2006, and on Blu-ray Disc on February 10, 2009.[18]


In an October 2005 interview, executive producer John Wells stated that a second film would be put into production if the first was a success at the box office.[19] In April 2018, it was announced that Universal Pictures was making a new Doom adaptation.[20][21] In March 2019, Universal revealed that the reboot will be titled Doom: Annihilation and will be released in the fall of 2019.[22] Doom: Annihilation was released direct-to-video on October 1, 2019.

See also


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  15. Gonsalves, Rob (January 3, 2007). "Movie Review: Doom". eFilmCritic. HBS Entertainment. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  16. TIME Staff (October 20, 2008). "Top 10 Worst Video Game Movies". Time. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  17. Totilo, Stephen (March 13, 2009). "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Honestly Discusses Infamous 'Doom' Movie". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
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  22. Barkan, Jonathan (March 8, 2019). "Exclusive: Check Out Universal DOOM's Confirmed Title, Synopsis, and Three Official Images". Dread Central. Archived from the original on March 8, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
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