I really wanted to like Alone in the dark, based on the hugely popular computer game series. Having played the Dreamcast game I was hoping that the film would have the same sense of creepiness. The game was set on a creepy almost deserted island exploring a spooky mansion in near total darkness. It gave a sense of dread of what was going to happen next, or jump out from the dark, with plenty of areas to explore. However the film is set in a city and loses the scary atmosphere within the games. It becomes more of an action film similar to Aliens, rather than a creepy atmospheric horror.
It has some good scenes especially some of the special effects shots, a great bullet time sequence near the start. However the story and plot let it down a great deal and it doesn't seem to be closely related to the games at all. It centres around the idea of a professor who has researched an ancient civilization, trying to find a way of opening a portal for the creatures of darkness to enter the world! Mainly It just builds from one action scene to the next. Starring Tara Reid, Christian Slater and Stephen Dorff, I would expect this to be more high profile but once you watch it you can see why it went straight to DVD!
The disc has a commentary, A 7min behind the scenes feature, sadly lacking a comparison to the games! A 9min feature on the special effects used, storyboard comparison and 5 music videos. Overall 5/10 for die hard fans only, but worth a rent!