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Science Fiction Noir,
This review is from: Dark City (DVD)
'Dark City' is pure science fiction noir and a visual feast: a gloomy metropolis encrusted with bristling Gothic ornament, redesigned and reinvented in impressive FX sequences night after night. Making up original stories in the noirish setting is one difficult task, as you can tell by watching the movie. It is complicated and mysteriously complex, all to the point where, if you take your eyes of the film for one second, you can get lost. Every moment of your attention must be paid to the movie as it unfolds, otherwise you may perhaps not appreciate the quality and effort that movie brings on. Films like "Dark City" are the pinnacles of imagination and visual style--you look at them and wonder, how any human being could possibly create such breathtaking scenarios and stories. The movie is not for one second dull and dreary, and never for one moment a let down.
The premise of the movie, outlined by Kiefer Sutherland's "mad doctor" character as we descend into the "Dark City", is that a race of aliens is dying, although they are advanced enough to control spacetime through thought alone, a process known as "tuning." His character is central to the plot of the aliens' experiments with a cast of human subjects by rearranging their memories nightly - not just within an individual, but from one person to the next. The whys and wherefores revolve around one John Murdoch, played with urgency by Rufus Sewell and shadowed throughout by John Hurt's angular, intense police detective.
In this era of pretentious, over the top sci-fi films (The Matrix) Dark City stands as a triumph of imagination and will endure for years.
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2009 3:33:57 PM PDT
G. Edmonson says:
You meant William Hurt, not John Hurt.
Posted on May 9, 2013 1:22:31 AM PDT
Emma Richards says:
"In this era of pretentious, over the top sci-fi films (The Matrix) Dark City stands as a triumph of imagination and will endure for years."
THANK YOU! Dark City is superior in every respect to that God-awful Matrix. I have no idea why The Matrix is so famous and acclaimed, while Dark City is a comparatively unknown cult classic.
Posted on Dec 4, 2014 11:06:04 AM PST
J. GONZALEZ says:
Sci-fi films are supposed to be over the top! How is Dark City, Tron, Star Trek, or even Blade Runner not over the top? Imagination is the only limitation to sci fi, maybe you meant to say The Matrix went over your head?
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