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Plot: Edward Carnby, detective of the paranormal, unexplained and supernatural, investigates a mystery (the recent death of a friend) with clues leading to "Shadow Island" that brings him face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal, as he discovers that evil… Runtime: 96 min Release Date: 28 Jan 2005
Saw this last night at a midnight matinée and loved it - Christian Slater is still hot as ever...you may hate Uwe Boll, but go see it for Christian Slater. The effects are par for the course, nothing spectacular but not terrible. The story is good and there are some scary parts, it's not going to win anyone any Oscars but it's heads and tails above House of the Dead. Again, you may not like Boll's style of directing or editing, but it's a decent movie. This probably should have been released in the summer as a teen horror type movie, but it should do fairly well being <more>
released now. Again, go see it just for Christian Slater. I hope he gets more and better roles from here on out.
Uwe Boll once again shows himself to be a master of his genre in Alone in the Dark. While it lost some of the campiness of House of the Dead, Boll's style and personality still shows through in AitD. Boll is the King of Video Game Movies.Boll treats AitD with a tenderness not generally found in movies of this genre. While other movies based on games are often very tongue-in-cheek, Boll takes his work very seriously though he maintains a sense of humour. Fans of House of the Dead will be happy to see that AitD had more budget to work with. The special effects are on par with most horror <more>
movies these days, and there are recognizable actors in the cast Christian Slater, Tara Reid, et al. It's really nice to see Boll shine when he is given more space to move in.The movie had some great action sequences featuring motion-activated gattling guns and helicopters. It is very obvious that to Boll action should be fast-paced and include lots of bullets, and I agree.I'm tired of all these 'serious' horror movies that feature some single mom and her kid being chased around by barely visible ghosts. I don't want to watch The Ring being ripped off over and over again. I want to sit back and watch guys shoot the holy hell out of big scary things that are ripping them apart. I want giant explosions and helicopters. Uwe Boll gives me what I want every time, and I adore him for it. God Bless you, Herr Boll.
A brilliant piece of surrealist art (by murray_wj)
It would be easy to view this movie as simply another wretched entry in the recent spate of video game/horror movies. However, director Uwe Boll has brilliantly deconstructed this genre and cloaked it in the guise of Alone In The Dark.The first 3/4 of the movie is devoted to setting up the conventions of the genre - invisible monsters, secret government organizations, the lone wolf investigator brilliantly underplayed by Christian Slater , the implausibly attractive assistant Tara Reid at her most self-aware . The setup, akin to Sondheim's Into The Woods, establishes conventions which <more>
the second part of the movie gleefully deconstructs. The last quarter of the movie turns all previous convention on its head, willfully ignoring its own rules and exposing the entire genre as the mindless pablum that it is - all while confusing the audience to such a degree that we are left with no alternative but to reject the overt meaning entirely and grasp at the underlying substance - which, as Boll masterfully renders, is nothing. He even taunts the audience with clues as to his actual intent - Reid's obviously intentional mispronunciations, climactic fights which end with non-exploding grenades, Stephen Dorff's entire performance. The simultaneous construction/deconstruction of the movie could be accomplished by no one save an artist on the level of Dali, which Boll undoubtedly is.Ten out of ten.
Shouting Best Film Ever?!?! Almost.... (by dingusamongus)
I know there have been a lot of negative Nellies putting this movie down, but I am here to defend this film from all naysayers! Look, I don't know about you, but when I finish a video game I get all teary and sad and shaky - like a heroin addict shoving his last junk into his vein. I need another fix, is what I am saying, and I don't really care how I get it - if we had to sell the urn that Grandma's ashes were in or pawn my daughter's wheelchair, I will get the money to get me a fix! So when I finished the latest Alone in the Dark game, I cried a little, then wet my pants I <more>
have a problem, its really not funny from the emotional trauma, and I said, "Please, Lord, what must I do, besides going for 4 years of Computer Science, 3 years becoming a junior programmer in small gaming firm - JUST to get another Alone in the Dark video game?" Well my prayers were answered - almost- with this movie. I showed up with my joystick, but there were no joystick ports in the theater where I was sitting. So I was denied the user interface that some of the other film patrons must have had. Other than that, I would say that who ever was playing the game did pretty good and solved the mystery in record time I might add! I kept yelling "dude, when's my turn?", but like most of my friends, the cretins in the theater told me to shut up. So to sum up: this film would be a 10 if I could have got my chance to play for a while and the acting was superb for computer generated characters - almost as good as Grand Theft Auto!! I would recommend this movie to any hardcore gamer like myself. Oh and I loved the talking dragon!
I thought that Christian Slater and Steven Dorff where fantastic in this film. I found the story different and the special effect were very good. Reading other comments about the film I feel people now expect far too much from movies. I recommend that you should watch this film as it has a lot of elements action, sci fiction. I would say it is one of the better Christian Slater films I have seen in awhile. I found this Uwe Boll film to be a big improvement on his previous film as I feel it had much better direction and story line. When you look at Christian Slater's career he really <more>
hasn't done enough action movies and I feel that he is very suited to that genre.
Hey! I just watched this movie! I actually liked it! Ill give it 9 on a 10 scale.If you like Alien - Terminator - Predator - Resident Evil - etc -Youll like this movie! well, the above movies are much better then this -but its the same genre Christian Slater gives a O.K performance.I don't understand why someone would give this movie 0 or 2 -thats not fair!Thanks for this Release -i enjoyed watching it! References: I'm Male - 36 years of age - from Denmark
A campy movie that could have been better. (by Captain_Couth)
Alone In The Dark 2005 was a cheesy movie pure and simple. It was made to make a few bucks and entertain people who enjoy this kind of genre. The director Uwe Boll makes no bones about the movies he makes. He freely admits what kind of film maker he is. I don't know why people have given him so much crap. He's making low budget films for horror fans. I like the Lovecraftian elements the writer has added to the film. He's a writer who's style has been neglected in the past Most recently a lot of directors have rediscovered his work! .The only problems I had with this movie <more>
was it could've been a little more cheesier and Francoise Yip should have had a bigger part. The violence is all right and the direction was adequate. We need more R-Rated horror flicks. i wish everybody would quit player hating on Uwe Boll. You want to see a bad horror movie, go out to your local video chain department store and pick up an Asylum movie or a David De Coteau video. Now that's crap and terrible film making. At least Herr Boll's films are slick and nicely directed and photographed.Lighten up people.
When I've seen this movie I was curious what is the user rating of this at IMDb. Generally it helps me to decide if a movie is worth enough to watch or not.Although I agree with the guys who said that this film has several weaknesses for example that the music was not fit all scene and there was not too emphatic relationship between the hero and the heroine what I can appreciate in it that is the pure characters and the interesting job with the pictures. Somebody just claimed these things in the movie he said characters have no motivations and the pictures are in-consequence in the <more>
style but my opinion is that the movie which tells everything about its main characher's life without let the viewer see few years of his/her life is unreal and too much. I like when there are some minor moments in characters and in the story which remain covered. If the filmmakers let it up to my fantasy I like that. : But not on that hard way as Donnie Darko did. That was too much for me too. The Alone In The Dark wasn't a great film but fair. A common story with some myth, monsters and heroes in the present days. There were three memorable visual scene for me. The monsters run down from the hill between the trees, one of them jumps to the helicopter and third one is the landscape of the other plane. These were interesting and spectacular experiences really. Also the narrator's Slater's voice was fit to the dark behaviour of this film precisely. He wasn't bad in his role.My vote was 8 to bring the average up but this movie is not more then 6 at all.
Boll is ahead in this game (by gamestofilmadaptations)
Uwe Boll is ahead of the curve. ALONE IN THE DARK's director is reinventing Hollywood on his own terms and he's not taking any prisoners. Don't take my word for it; read the interview with LucasArts President, Jim Ward, in the March issue of Game Informer. Ward and LucasArts are emulating Uwe's strategy. Uwe understands that when a contemporary video game franchise sells thirty-five million copies the marketing inertia for a cinematic tie-in is enormous. Revenue potential eclipses the current Hollywood trend to revive nostalgic comic book superheroes of the baby-boom <more>
generation.Of course, to be successful the movie must be entertaining and ALONE IN THE DARK is! Protagonist Edward Carnby, played by Christian Slater, must unravel the mystery of an evil parallel universe sealed by an ancient Indian tribe. Along the way he discovers the secrets of the orphanage he was raised in as he deciphers the clues that lead him to his true identity. Christian's performance is superb. His subdued, laid back demeanor is a canvas for the melodramatic chaos that engulfs him. Edward's love interest, a museum caretaker played by Tara Reid, is his constant companion, providing a steady supply of eye candy for the male audience. Tara treats us to a competent performance without overacting. The two stars complement each other with a believable chemistry that comes to a head during a sexual encounter that is at once intimate and sensual. I hope this relationship will continue to develop in a future sequel. Nothing is sexier than Tara in jeans blowing away the evil dominions! ALONE IN THE DARK is not a perfect film. The special effects are top tier while the gore factor is over the top. I understand this is a subjective evaluation and that too much for some may not be enough for others. In my opinion less is more. Repetition diminishes the shock value of outrageous violence. When a head is split in half the emotional impact is unnerving. When the same head is shown a few minutes later it feels like the filmmaker wants props for doing such a good job. Some scenes are overloaded with stroboscopic lighting that diminishes the perception of high production values, while running the risk of inducing headaches.As I watched ALONE IN THE DARK I paid attention to audience reactions. I was sitting near some teenage girls who were gasping, shrieking, and taking turns hiding their eyes as girlfriends encouraged each other to look. At the same time a group of boys that had entered the theater together and were sitting directly behind me were laughing spontaneously. Diametrically opposed reactions with a common denominator: Everyone was having fun! Uwe Boll has his detractors, as every artist who pushes the envelope does. However, I don't know of any films any of them have made. I do know that some of the best actors and actresses in the business including an Oscar winner are clamoring to be involved in an Uwe Boll project. Uwe's got big balls and he's not afraid to tell it like it is. He's going to make a lot of money and entertain a lot of people along the way. I expect big things from this filmmaker and I anticipate he will deliver and, am looking forward to BLOODRAYNE, HUNTER THE RECKONING, FAR CRY, and list goes on ...