Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff, Frank C. Turner, Matthew Walker
Director: Uwe Boll
Series: Alone in the Dark #1
Release Date: 28 January 2005
Length: 96 minutes
Movie Rating: R
View Format: TV
My Rating: 1.5/5 stars
“Private sleuth Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) specializes in weird supernatural phenomena, and he’ll be forced to work with his archaeologist ex-girlfriend (Tara Reid) to defeat the demonic ancient Abskani tribe, which is set to wreak havoc on Earth. But Carnby already has experience with the evil beings, which also attempt to infiltrate his mind. Stephen Dorff co-stars in this sci-fi thriller based on the popular video game series.” — Netflix.com
I found this movie to be boring, badly paced and poorly acted. I should have known that it was not going to be a good movie based on the first few minutes of the film, but the movie had such an intriguing premise that I really wanted to give it a chance. What a waste of my time! I think that the team who made this movie really missed out on the chance to make an amazing film. Instead of having several minutes of prologue at the beginning of the movie explaining all of the medical experimentation and backstory, why didn’t the writers put this in as the main plot and let the viewers figure out what was happening as the movie went on? Instead, the writers chose to focus on the hunt for the monsters so there really was not much of a story, which was too bad. This meant that little or no attention was focused on the plot and all of the money and energy was thrown towards the special effects and battle sequences. The special effects were very well done and there were some cool and unusual fight sequences, but these two aspects were not enough for me to enjoy the movie.
The plot was poor, the acting was worse and the movie just couldn’t hold my interest. Admittedly, I should have looked this movie up before I watched it as, if I had seen Tara Reid‘s name attached to this movie before I started watching it, I would have skipped the movie. Still, if you are a fan of the video game, you might want to watch this movie just to see how it compares. Again, the special effects & fighting sequences were good (which gave it it’s 1.5 star rating), but there was just nothing else in the movie for me.
This movie contains a lot of fighting and violence. There is a lot of death from mauling monsters, gunshots and random, gory accidents. The movie has some strong language, but I did not hear how bad it was as it was edited out on TV. If you catch this movie on TV, it is recommended for viewers ages 15 and up. If you rent this movie on DVD, it is recommended for ages 18 and up.