Even if many still don’t admit it: Since entering the acting business, Dwayne Johnson has changed tremendously. Initially, he flipped back and forth between the career paths that many (ex)wrestlers take on the big screen: gritty, mid-budget action here, family comedies of the tooth fairy on probation type there. As is well known, this is old news: Dwayne Johnson has made his own mark in blockbuster cinema – great spectacle, tends to be suitable for families, although not aimed at children.
He rarely makes exceptions, such as for Michael Bay in “Pain & Gain” – and the film was nine years ago. Universal Pictures, however, ensures that Johnson’s cinema past is back with a bang: On August 11, 2022, one of Dwayne Johnson’s rare R-18 films will celebrate its late 4K home cinema premiere, namely “Doom the Movie”. – in the Extended Cut!
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The video game adaptation is a curiosity not only because of the rare combo “Dwayne Johnson + FSK 18”, but also because of the rest of the cast, who have enjoyed a significant career boost since the “Doom” cinema premiere in 2005. At Johnson’s side, among others, play “The Boys’ star Karl Urban (four years before his appearance as Pille in ‘Star Trek’), Rosamund Pike before her ‘Gone Girl’ career turning point, and later ‘Rocketman’ director Dexter Fletcher.
The first-person shooter “Doom”, in which you play a space marine fighting demons, was an influential success in the 1990s, but was classified as harmful to young people in Germany and therefore ended up on the index. It was not until 2011 that the gaming milestone and its 1994 sequel were removed from the list. The German protection of minors was more friendly to the “Doom” film: Both the theatrical version and the extended cut made for home cinema received an FSK from the age of 18 without any cuts.
For this, both fans of the original and the film critics were anything but lenient with “Doom – The Film”. The deadly Mars mission, in which a heroic group must defend themselves against bloodthirsty mutants, was criticized for its disappointing visuals (despite a $70 million budget), the tough and monotonous storytelling, and the lack of ideas.
The 4K Blu-ray is therefore more recommended for trash fans, completists and for everyone who is curious to experience this cast far below their level.
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