Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science-fiction film directed by Alex Proyas and stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien and Ian Richardson.
John Murdoch, an amnesiac man finds himself guilty of murder. As he attempts to discover his true identity and clear his name while on the run from the police and a group of mysterious people known as the "Strangers."
Why It Rocks
- Fantastic acting especially from Rufus Sewell and Kiefer Sutherland.
- It has a good amount of mystery and confusion thrown in the story.
- Alex Proyas does another fantastic job as the director.
- Brilliant soundtrack and musical score.
- Fantastic emotional depth.
- Well designed dark city landscape.
- Majestic cinematography.
- Beautiful costume design.
- It focuses more on the mystery than the action.
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- Its director's cut is well-made and considered by many to be the definitive version of the film.
- The Strangers are great villains, who tried to assimilate John Murdoch, possess unimaginably advanced technology, and tried to uncover the human soul to save their own species' mortality and avoid extinction.
Upon it release, the film was met with generally positive reviews. It currently holds a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 6.9/10 and the site's critical consensus that reads: "Stylishly gloomy, Dark City offers a polarizing whirl of arresting visuals and noirish action." On Metacritic, the film received a a score of 66.
Roger Ebert gave the film a four out of four and called it a "great visionary achievement", while also exclaiming that it was "a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like Metropolis and 2001: A Space Odyssey."
- A number of pieces of the set, including those used for the rooftop chase, were sold to the production of The Matrix after shooting was finished.
- Roger Ebert called this film the Best Film of 1998. He recorded a special audio commentary track for the dvd release of the movie.
- There are many deliberate anachronisms to give the viewer a feeling of confusion about the time period of the film.
- The song from the film's trailer is "Sleep Now" by Hughes Hall was also used in the trailer for the B-movie Talisman (1998).