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Alone in the Dark

Released: 2005

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Runtime: 1 hr 36 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Uwe Boll

Starring: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff

Edward is a paranormal investigator. Nineteen people have disappeared, and they have only one thing in common - each one grew up in the same orphanage as Edward. Edward learns that an ancient artifact of considerable power has been discovered in a long-lost shipwreck. Amidst mounting danger, he turns to Aline Cedrac, a brilliant anthropologist who's also his ex-flame - and the only person he really trusts. Edward and Aline come together to confront a supernatural enemy unlike anything they've ever seen before... one whose very existence could threaten all of humankind.

It plays like a parody-free remake of ALIENS with a GALAXY QUEST level of intelligence.

Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 8 years ago

Need a laugh? Uwe Boll's ALONE IN THE DARK is so far off the scale bad that the only possible reaction is to laugh at it -- and I do mean at it and not with it. It plays like a parody-free remake of ALIENS with a GALAXY QUEST level of intelligence. The producers apparently assume that anyone stupid enough to buy a ticket to it can't read since Christian Slater reads the introductory text to us as it slowly scrolls past.

The movie's preposterous explanations, about a clandestine government agency (Bureau 713) to deal with paranormal events, about a long extinct Native American tribe and about alien-like monsters that live in the bowels of our planet, will leave your shaking your head and wanting a rewind button. There are also sleeper agents who arise with zombie-like movements and monsters who can sometimes be stopped by bullets and sometimes not. Bureau 713, for some reason, doesn't seem to have anything more powerful in its arsenal than bullets.

Speaking of power, the dialog is powerfully awful: "It's not about the children. It's about the survival of the species," "Just because you can't see something, it doesn't mean it can't kill you," and "Some doors are meant to stay shut." The acting manages to be even worse than the cheesy lines. In addition to Slater, Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff should also hang their heads in shame for being association with this miserable movie.

ALONE IN THE DARK runs a very long 1:36. It is rated R for "violence and language" and would be acceptable for teenagers.