ALONE IN THE DARK
Return of the Bad B Movie?
Release Date: January 28, 2005
Starring: Christian Slater, Tara Reid,
Stephen Dorff, and Mathew
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Director: Uwe Boll
Executive Producer: Uwe Boll and Wolfgang Herold
Producer: Shawn Williamson
Writer: Elan Mastai, Michael Roesch
and Peter Scheerer
Address Comments To:Tom Ortenberg, President
Lions Gate Films
4553 Glencoe Ave., Suite 200
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: (310) 314-2000
Fax: (310) 396-6041
This movie opens with about a seven or nine paragraph written prologue, which was very funny because it was so badly written and so long. So, at first, I thought the movie was going to be an action movie that makes fun of the plots and dialogue in low-budget action movies. After about 20 minutes, however, the movie begins to take itself seriously, and any sense of a comic tone is gone.
Christian Slater is very buff-looking in this action movie and looks the part of an action star in Hollywood, He is certainly an appealing action star with some talent, but he needs to develop more of a personal style, like John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, Harrison Ford, and Arnold Swarzeneggar have done.
ALONE IN THE DARK also has a mixed worldview, with ideas taken from the occult, the false religion of Gnosticism and paganism. This inarticulate, confusing mishmash recedes into the background in the second half of the movie, which becomes just a science fiction movie with lots of action, about people battling a horde of monster animals from the dark. I have nothing against science fiction movies with lots of action, based on a video game, but very little of this makes much sense.
Finally, the movie contains extreme violence, plenty of foul language and an implied scene of fornication.
ALONE IN THE DARK is based on a popular video game from Atari. It begins by appearing to make fun of itself and its genre, but it starts to take itself seriously after about 20 minutes, and any sense of a comic tone disappears. Although Christian Slater might make a good action hero in a better movie, ALONE IN THE DARK has a mixed worldview. Ideas are taken from the occult, the false religion of Gnosticism and paganism. This inarticulate, confusing mishmash recedes into the background in the second half of the movie, however. Besides having an abhorrent worldview, ALONE IN THE DARK contains extreme violence, plenty of foul language and an implied fornication.