By Dave B.
If you’re familiar with any part of the Doom franchise, then the plot of Doom Annihilation (2019, currently on Netflix) won’t surprise you: a group of marines is dispatched to a corporate research facility on the Martian moon of Phobos. Upon their arrival, they discover that a terrible mishap has killed most of the scientists and staff at the facility. The marines are now all that stands between Earth and an ancient, implacable enemy, hell-bent on the destruction of the human race.
Doom Annihilation is a small-budget effort that pays homage to the universe of Doom. The implications of that are that the plot is predictable, the CGI is below average (even for a low-budget movie) and the acting isn’t great. And frankly, anyone who’s tempted to watch this movie probably expects all of those things.
What they may not expect, however, is that Doom: Annihilation is actually a surprisingly solid movie. What it lacks in originality and money, it makes up for in intensity and fairly decent directing. When I decided to watch this movie, I assumed I would be mostly bored for 96 minutes. I can assure you, that at no point in time (not even when extremely predictable, overly convenient events occurred) was I bored. This movie hits the ambiance just right and despite none of the characters being particularly interesting (and having the order that they die in be completely unsurprising) most of the performances rose to the level of average. And, perhaps the most surprising thing of all, is that nothing in the movie annoyed me very much.
The best way that I can describe my feelings about this movie is to say that if you go into it with low expectations, you’ll likely be surprised to the upside. And if you go into it hoping for a hidden gem, you’re likely to be very disappointed. At its core, this movie is too average to inspire strong emotions in me either way as far as it being good or bad. It just kind of exists. So if you’re bored and have nothing better to do for an hour and a half, Doom: Annihilation might be a decent option for you if you’re looking for something to watch, moderately enjoy, and then immediately forget.
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