Dark City (1998)

darkcitydirectorscut1Starring: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O’Brien

Directed by: Alex Proyas

R. 103 mins.

From Alex Proyas, director of The Crow, comes this stylish, thrilling and futuristic film noir. When John Murdoch (Sewell) awakens in a hotel bathtub and is accused of a series of brutal murders, he can’t remember if he’s guilty or innocent. The film revolves around Murdoch’s quest to discover his true identity and the motives of those he meets along the way – do they want to help him, or destroy him? All of this takes place in the Dark City, a world inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. While it is visually arresting and the themes are interesting, the film would benefit from a much better script and perhaps some even greater actors. That aside, Dark City makes up for what it lacks in substance with engrossing effects that make us marvel at how this all came before The Matrix. Proyas’ iconography is taken from many other older (and better) films but this is still a worthy and underrated film that just might surprise you – * * 1/2

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