This review was originally published in the 2006 Issue of Morbid Media Magazine
Teri Mabe (AKA Zombie Mom)
In the year 2026, archeologists discover a portal to an ancient city on Mars called “The Ark”. They build a huge research center on Mars and still, 20 years later; do not know why “The Ark” was built or what happened to the people.
They encounter a problem and the research facility is put on lock down. A group of Marines are called into save the scientists and find out who or what is causing the chaos. The squad is led by Sarge, (The Rock from WWE) and his right hand man, Grimm (Karl Urban). Grimm’s sister is also a scientist involved in the research facility which throws tension into the mix.
The rest of the squad is composed of a variety of personalities such as Pinky, Goat, Mac, The Kid, Destroyer and Hell Night.You find yourself liking this bunch of Marines and their quirky ways. The technology is so advanced that they can go from Earth to Mars in a matter of minutes.
They enter the lock down and get sealed in to go after the mysterious danger lurking inside. The directer, Andrzej Bartkowiak, tries his best to insert the first-person shoo0ter view from the game into the movie.He takes you through dark corridors, around eerie corners and mushing in black sewer water with hideous creatures popping out when you least expect them. these monsters are met with cool futuristic weapons that are enlarged for cause and effect.
The squad is slowly exterminated one by one until the surprise ending.This movie is a cross between “Resident Evil” meets “The Ghosts of Mars”. I really liked it because it had me jumping in my seat and peeking through my hands.
I would rate it a 3 out of 5 and I hope they continue making video game movies because they usually turn out better than expected. My favorite part was at the end, but if I tell you that, it would ruin it for you;so go out and rent “DOOM” today!