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 demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world... and only he and a young genius anthropologist with an incredible memory (and his ex-girlfriend), Aline Cedrac, stand in their way, at a gateway to hell. Standing in Carnby's way, however, is the impact that a brief encounter with an evil spirit called the Queen had upon his mind, as he slowly finds himself overpowered by the forces of darkness as they eat away at his very sanity... It's up to him to stop an invasion of the Alien-like demonic creatures who are pouring through a portal opened by the Abkani artifacts.
Why it is just terrible and is considered to be Uwe Boll's absolute worst movie
- Overly long introduction; this was mandated by the executives who felt that the movie's plot is too confusing.
- Over use of narrations.
- Extremely poor grasp of the source material. So much so, that the movie is said to have almost nothing to do with the games.
- The film is action-packed even though the game is mainly mystery and suspense.
- Awful, excruciatingly painful acting.
- Numerous plotholes.
- Pointless scenes.
- The monsters in the movie are blatant Alien ripoffs. Boll himself flat-out called the monsters "xenomorphs" in the commentary.
- Really bad CGI of the monsters and other things, such as bullet tracers.
- Lots of editing mistakes. (ex. When a female soldier was killed by a creature, she moves her head after the crew moves away.)
- Some of the action scenes are lit and edited so poorly, you can't see anything.
- Like any other Uwe Boll movie, this also has an awfully made sex scene, which in this movie‘s case, uses an inappropriate song about racism.