(WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE DOOM MOVIE AHEAD. I'VE PUT THIS IN ALL CAPS SO HOPEFULLY YOU DON'T MISS IT. GO WATCH THIS MOVIE IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY)
DOOM. The game that introduced many to the glorious world of first person shooters. Back when looking up or down wasn't necessary, and you could curve shots, Wanted-style. When a handful of pixels scared your socks off, and when Satan himself was merely an end-game boss. A crack team of soldiers fighting... something, on an research station on Mars sounds like a decent Sci-Fi/Action flick, and with a cast featuring Dwayne Johnson and Karl Urban, it should have been. Right? So why wasn't it?
Was it the cast?
No way! Personally, I think the casting for this movie is amazing, although I think The Rock should have switched roles with Karl Urban. To me, Dwayne Johnson just seems to be able to play a good guy better than Karl, and Karl plays a bad guy better than Dwayne (think Priest.) Even so, I think the cast was brilliant, and didn't particularly cause me any problems.
Was it the story?
The plot of DOOM is a fairly standatd Sci-Fi plot. Something goes wrong at a research facility, it gets quarantined, and a group of badasses with guns go in for cleanup, only to be picked off one by one as the film moves forward. There wasn't anything particularly wrong with it, except for, in my opinion, one tiny detail... The mutation. The fact that it can determine if someone is a good person or a bad person, and mutate them accordingly. I /really/ didn't like that, but that's not why this film is terrible.
Was it the FPS sequence?
So, what was it?
Well I.... I still don't know. The whole movie just has an air of poor quality to it. It's wonderfully cast, it has some brilliant action scenes and one liners, and Pinky is one of my favourite characters to ever grace our screens.
There were, of course, a few flaws to the movie. As i've already mentioned, I really dislike the way the mutation works. It feels very "ex machina", and almost like an easy way to ultimately turn one of the charcters into the main bad guy, without having to provide too much explanation.