“Gone Girl” and “The Wheel of Time” stars Rosamund Pike have been in many different movies and TV shows over the years, but one big regret is: the 2005 video game adaptation of “Doom.” Critics and the audience put the film on top, and Pike apparently feels partly to blame.
A small part of the big mess
In an interview with Collider to promote the upcoming “Wheel of Time” series, Pike was asked if he had learned anything about the failure of “Doom,” his first major science / fantasy project:
“I feel partly guilty in this regard because I think I just failed to understand, out of ignorance and innocence, to understand the perfect picture of what Doom meant to the fans at the time. I wasn’t a player. If I had known what I knew now, I would have dived into all this to it completely like now.I just didn’t understand.I’m embarrassed, really.I’m ashamed that I was kind of I didn’t know what it meant and I didn’t know how to proceed to find out because the internet wasn’t the place where fans could talk now.I wouldn’t have known , where to find them. I know now! In fact, I now have many friends who were big fans of the game, and I just wish I had known them then. “
Although it is very sweet to realize that he did not give his all and that he should have taken the management of his beloved series more seriously, the accusation of condemning “Doom” is not on his shoulders.
What went wrong in the Doom
“Doomin” had to break the curse of video game movies. It starred Dwayne’s “The Rock” Johnson Sargena and Karl “Éomer” Urban John Grimm, and was reportedly costing more than $ 60 million to make, but only produced $ 58 million worldwide, making it a proven failure. Fans of video games were frustrated with the movie, which completely lacked what made “Doom” games so much fun, and non-gamers weren’t interested in seeing it at first. It was a situation of disappearing losses with problems at all levels of production.
In addition to production problems, “Doom” left a point. The video game series follows the unnamed “Doomguy,” a spaceship that fights hordes of demonic creatures and tries to prevent the end of the world. The games are brutally violent with heavy metal soundtracks, and it’s not so much a story as a gameplay and aesthetics. The 2005 film tried to make “Doom” a traditional story. Clint Mansell’s score at least tried to stay true to the series ’heavy metal roots in the Nine Inch Nails remix, but it also feels like a watered-down version of the game’s rocking riffs.
No single person is to blame for the failure of “Doom,” and Pike is nearing the end of the list. At least he learned from the experience and continued to do better things. Maybe one day we’ll get a more loyal “Doom” fit and Pike can take another picture of the greatness of video games. There have been a few false starts, so who knows?
For now, we can watch him in “The Wheel of Time,” which debuted on November 19, 2021 on Amazon Prime.