Doom: Annihilation (2019)
I can't tell if this one was made by a real fan, or maybe more so by maybe a particularly emphatic female director with a want to cater to everyone (OK so no, not the latter, it was Tony Giglio). They really bring in all elements from the game though, explain them thoroughly, diversify the cast; seem to be trying to cater to both all minorities and all potential audiences.
It feels like a movie made with good intentions, but unfortunately limited sceneries, cast, and at times nigh claustrophobic battlegrounds bring it down a bit. Considering they seem set on taking the original DOOM movie idea and making a more thorough attempt at it here there's surprisingly little outdoor area. And can Amy Manson really compare to The Rock? Not to mention the real Doomguy? However real you'd consider him to be considering he's not real. Unreal. Quake. Random other iD franchise title suitable for inclusion here. Heading into a real Redneck Rampage Marathon Chasm with this one...
A part of me enjoys picking up on the game-related bits of trivia here, as if they were all rare gems only I'd be able to recognize. The chainsaw, the flammable barrels (visible for a short while only - whatever happened to those initial detail levels?), the double shotgun, Blazkowicz (with that name you'd think he'd last longer), the BFG9000 (which this time gets an unnaturally detailed first introduction), key cards, elevators, plants, secret levels, textures, Daisy and all.... though at the same time a lot of it's almost too obvious.
I still liked it pretty well until the Imps came in though. Detail levels and acting both suddenly plummet, Daisy turns into the Red Queen (plenty of RE inspiration already - same director as on some of those sequels too btw), and it just all goes downhill from there. Predictable end too, bad-ass though the Hell stint might've been.
Was hoping this'd be a B-movie in a good kind of way. Like Ghosts of Mars say. Unfortunately not. I appreciate the homage but I'm afraid that either my expectations when it comes to this particular franchise require a bit more and/or it just really wasn't that good after all.
Also: that religion thing. Especially with this franchise you'd think they'd leave that out...
rated 2.5/5: almost not bad