Follows a group of UAC Marines as they respond to a distress call from a top secret scientific base on Phobos, a Martian moon, only to discover it's been overrun by demons who threaten to create Hell on Earth.
This movie is essentially Aliens around a somewhat loose Doom theme. You can see that just from the description.
- Marines wake up from cryogenic sleep
- One of the marines is a coward and whines a lot
- There is a fusion reactor on the verge of exploding
- Most of the marines are cannon fodder
Ways in which the movie is totally different
- There is not a budding relationship between the civilian sent on the mission with a marine, instead that relationship happened BEFORE this mission
- They find not one, but four survivors (all of whom subsequently die, so pretty much for naught)
- While Aliens had 3 people and half an android (excuse me, “artificial person”) survive, this movie sees only one person survive
- They actually stop the fusion reactor from exploding, which is a bummer, because they might have damned Earth.
Overall, this movie is just boring. I don’t much care about the protagonist, Joan Dark (Amy Manson), for whom it is eventually revealed was sent on this Mars mission because she disobeyed a direct order allowing a terrorist to go free. For some reason her entire platoon is being punished and not just her. I can certainly appreciate the evil doctor, who wants to advance the science of teleportation at any cost. If you want to blame people, blame everyone else in that room who saw the teleportation pads covered in demonic runes who said nothing.
Anyways, for fans of the original Doom game here are the direct references.
- Colored access cards
- An exploding barrel
- Double-barreled shotgun
- Imps (complete with fireballs)
- BFG-9000 (a hopelessly inconsistent gun, sometimes disintegrates, sometimes just knocks things flat).