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TV Review: SS Doomtrooper

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False hope is an awful, awful thing, which is about all SS Doomtrooper provides. An opening aerial dogfight is the film’s highlight and easily one of the best all-time special-effects sequences in the history of Sci-Fi Channel movies. The rest of effects, on the other hand, well, they’re going to rank down there with junk like Gargoyle.

The movie has a unique setting/style, but the concept itsn’t neccesarily original, putting this creature feature in World War II. Taking a key from video game classic Wolfenstein, the Nazis have fooled around and created an ugly monstrosity to destroy American troops. This breed of super soldier is the bane of the film, being both the purpose for its existence and the critical flaw.

Things go downhill so quickly that any of the thrill, enjoyment, or intensity of that initial airplane battle is lost. It’s set up as pure camp yet changes in tone so often, it’s hard to figure out what the writers were going for. There’s some attempt at emotion when characters are picked off, absurdly funny dialogue to counter that, only to bring things back down in an attempt to create a serious war movie.

Action sequences are what we’ve been treated to for years now. The shaky camera is seriously getting old. There’s also little care for the setting. Numerous shots ruin any immersion in the WWII timeline, and the backgrounds tend to look a little too modern for the 1940s (along with a forest that’s become a locale for a handful of Sci-Fi Channel movies).

The over-the-top, clichéd characters are another attempt to camp this one up, but again, their styles, attitudes, and dialogue are never consistent. Even a little care in keeping this one ridiculous would have helped the viewer ignore these special effects which are inexcusable. The creature design itself is a failure, let alone how it’s presented.

It’s an obvious knock off of The Hulk, just with purple skin and a machine gun on its arm. The computer generation never blends with the background, only causing things to stick out painfully in every shot. Low budget or not, these never should have been put on a screen in an attempt to entertain anybody.

With mild potential that’s never realized, SS Doomtrooper is another massive failure. There’s not enough focus on the hilariously cheesy concept which is where Doomtrooper could have made itself memorable. Let this one die a death alone, where it will be forgotten and not exposed to any more people.

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Matt Paprocki has critiqued home media and video games for 13 years and is the reviews editor for Pulp365.com. His current passion project is the technically minded DoBlu.com. You can read Matt's body of work via his personal WordPress blog, and follow him on Twitter @Matt_Paprocki.
  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/foywonder Foywonder

    Agree for the most part. Starts off decently enough and then completely derails after about the first 35 minutes. The Doomtrooper looks like a big computer animated action figure. Laughable for awhile but eventually wears thin. A pity.

    That said, I have to take you to task for failing to mention one of the most shameless in-jokes I’ve ever seen. A movie with Corin “Star of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” Nemec where he’s constantly flanked by a character named Parker Lewis… Hooboy!

  • http://andymiller-is-@hotmail.co.uk Hammy

    Good Review! But I think this is defintely one of them movies, which after a few pints of vodka is actually really funny just to laugh at. The concept is hilarious, and the stereotypes are even funnier.(Typical American Idiot portrayal of British and French Personalities)LOL. I hate the thought that film makers actually spent any money on this computer game filth, rather than just giving the money to a charity for the blind! But then again blind people probably enjoyed this film otherwise it would not even made it on to Sky Movies.

  • James Lean

    The guy above has hit the nail on the head.
    Apart from i thought the dailouge was just brillaint and what do u mean by stereotype all british people are like digger no?
    Also i thought the doomtrooper itself was very very well done in computer art, i think it was down to the fact the gun shots and sounds were so pin point.
    Best part of the film was the fantastic show down between the american and the doomtrooper in the final part of the sceane.
    I would say its a must see.
    Digger askes “Where did you learn that one cap?”
    “just a little thing luis taught me.”The Captin replied

  • http://andymiller-is-@hotmail.co.uk Hammy

    Your right James Lean, I take it back about the british stereotype. As a Englishman I think ss Doomtrooper has really captured the whole English way of life in one man. There is a piece of Digger inside all of us over here, and we should take that to our graves. Fuck the english patient or Trainspotting’s depictation of English, Its SS Doomtrooper that should have taken all the Oscars!! if not for the film then just for Harry Van Gorkum’s(Digger) Epic on screen performance.

  • Thriller

    To add to the ignorant american stereotypical views, did anybody notice Digger was also a member of the royal family.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lordflange wayne man

    its so shit and diggers a dick.

  • Bob

    No tbeen funny or anyhting but did any of you relise that this was the biggest load of fuckin gdog shit ever made. I mean i rember that doom from the pc had better visuals than this shit film. Were they real actors or just dog shit dirt bums they pickd up from the street and put on some clothes and said act and we will give u macdonalds. I mean snipers in the middle of the road, i rekon its just the hulks retarded brother Mr.Derp.

  • me

    Did anyone just watch this movie to enjoy it, because you are a true Sci Fi fan, instead of nit picking it to death! But I will say one thing, when the captain cut off the creatures hand was ridiculous! All the crap they threw at it and it did not hurt the creature, and a simple knife cuts his hand off!!!!

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    True Sci-Fi fans should expect quality.

  • James Lean

    and quality was handed to us.

  • Steve

    A lot of the imagery is copied right out of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, making me wonder if there wasn’t some sort of collaboration with Activision. The monsters, the buildings, the train yard, the dual pistols, a lot of scenes are the same as the game.