Dwayne Johnson Weekend – Doom (2005) Movie Review Revisited

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Writer: David Callaham, Wesley Strick (Screenplay)

Starring: Karl Urban, Roasmund Pike, Dwayne Johnson, Deobia Oparei, Ben Daniels, Razaaq Adoti, Dexter Fletcher

Plot: Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.

Tagline – Hell Breaks Loose

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Action Horror

Story: Doom starts when an incident occurs on a Mars research facility in Olduvai a Rapid Response Tactical Squad (RRTS) led by Sarge (Johnson) and his team John Grimm ‘Reaper’ (Urban), Destroyer (Oparei), Goat (Daniels), Duke (Adoti), Portman (Brake), The Kid (Weaver) and Mac (Chin) are sent from Earth through the Arc to the facility for a quarantine tactical search of the facility.

The team is joined by John’s sister Samantha (Pike) who is assigned to collect research information and we are ready to get the teams off in pairs to search the facility for any threats and they find plenty.

Thoughts on Doom

Characters – John Grimm has suffered an incident back on Earth, which does give his acceptance for leave before the latest mission, he refuses knowing his sister could be one of the victims and while everything unfolds he tries to rebuild his relationship with his sister. The biggest thing John lacks is anything about his character, he is too straight laced, compared to most of the others having some flaw about them. Samantha is his sister who works at the facility following in the footsteps of their parents, she does find small answers about what is happening being the only scientist amongst the characters. Sarge is running the operation, he follows orders, trusts his men and will do whatever the mission states, even if it means leaving dead bodies behind. The rest of the soldiers fill the basic roles required, the rookie, the talker, the religious, the aggressive and strong silent type, they have their moments.

PerformancesKarl Urban might have put himself on the map as an action star in this role, he fills the honest solider effortlessly, Rosamund Pike is great too bringing the intelligence required for the role and Dwayne Johnson brings a character you wouldn’t normally see from him to life too.

StoryThe story follows a group of specialist soldiers that must travel to Mars to figure out what happened in a facility which has seen the people there come under attack, as they must learn the secrets of the base. This does end up being a pretty routine story and while it is based on a video game, the story doesn’t need to be overly deep, it is just a simple search and destroy mission which does what is required, with generic character and that one scene that plays all the respect the game needs. We can easily point out the flaws and lack of development behind the Grimm character, but in the end we get a story that entertains from start to finish even if it isn’t the most original.

Action/Fantasy/Horror/Sci-FiThe action side of the film is plenty of mindless shooting, but it is the corridor first person sequence that does save this from being too average, with the horror being the creatures being created from the sci-fi world the humans aren’t used to being around.

SettingsThe settings are mostly kept in darkness which would be used to keep the creatures in the shadows and add into the fact that we don’t know what is going to be around each corner.

Special EffectsThe effects when it comes to the creatures are strong, while certain CGI moments come off weaker, the rest if right up there for what we are looking to see.

Scene of the Movie – First Person Shooting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It does feel like there is more to John’s character.

Final Thoughts This is a fun action sci-fi film, it isn’t going to win any awards, but it knows how to keep everything simple and the blood flying.

Overall: Simple and enjoyable.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – B – Birds of Passage (2018) Movie Review

Director: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

Writer: Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal (Screenplay)

Starring: Carmina Martinez, Jose Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narvaez, Juan Bautista Martinez, Miguel Viera

Plot: During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

Tagline – Generations of tradition. Consumed by greed.

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Watching Spiral is Fascinating

Story: Birds of Passage starts when a young woman Zaida (Reyes) gets released upon the world, where the men must earn the right to marry her, with Rapayet (Acosta) winning this right, he is trying to do something different in the business for the tribes, looking to move into Marijuana sells, knowing the new booming market could improve the economy of the country.

With the business thriving Rapayet must deal with problems on his own side, with his partner Moises (Narvaez) who is starting to get out of control, testing the patience of the locals in the Wayuu tribe, forcing Rapayet to fix the problem as the war on drugs is only just starting.

Thoughts on Birds of Passage

Characters – Ursula is the town’s elder, if she doesn’t approve of a decision, the people will not get it through, she expects traditions, respect and hard work from every member of the tribe to make sure everything runs smoothly. Rapayet is a member of the Wayuu tribe, who has connections outside of the tribe, which sees him move into the drug trafficking business, he marries Zaida and sees his business continue to grow, only for him to see more enemies arrive in his life. Zaida emerges from her tribes tradition ready to find a partner, she ends up with Rapayet and learns about the world of drugs from seeing the better things coming their way. Moises is the partner to Rapayet who starts to get out of control with his actions, forcing Rapayet into a world of bloodshed that he never wanted.

PerformancesWhen we come to the performances, we do get to see Carmina Martinez and Natalia Reyes bringing the traditional female figures in this world to life, while Jose Acosta brings us the quiet drug lord who is constantly torn between both worlds.

StoryThe story here follows a small tribe that enter the drug trafficking world as we follow 20 years of their time in this world, having to face different problems, while remaining traditional. This is an interesting story because it does show how traditions in tribes can be pushed to the limits when people look to branch to new levels, when we dive into the drug side of the story, it is everything we have seen before, with everything slowly going out of control because of the actions of a few reckless greedy people. For how the story is told, it shows most of the story through the eyes of how Ursula sees the traditions going out of her hands.

CrimeThe crime side of the film does follow how the tribe enters the world of drugs and how things slowly start to get bigger and deadlier.

SettingsThe film does us the settings to show the changes, with the small village, before moving into the brick houses, while also showing us the beauty of the roads which will only lead to death.

Scene of the Movie – The traditions.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The crime side of everything has been done before.

Final Thoughts This is a wonderful looks at how family traditions can clash with the rising dominance of the drug world in Columbia, all to deadly consequences.

Overall: Hard Hitting Drama.