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First off, this film plays as a hybrid between a film noir, and sci-fi. Both elements might seem to clash, but they are each done well and perfectly dosed so they mingle well. The attention to detail and atmosphere is impressive. The visuals are stunning but they're not just eye candy, they add to the story, they fuel our unconscious understanding of the existence of the characters inside the city. The characters themselves are great proxies for us to experience the story for ourselves. More than that, they seem to lend a humanistic insight to the harsh metaphor that are presented to us. It is difficult to praise the movie as much as it should be without including spoilers, but this is a movie that bears watching many times.
As far as the media itself is concerned, it offers a choice of either playing the theatrical or director's cut, with or without commentaries. There are extra documentaries included, some of which are quite extensive (one is 1 1/2 hrs by itself). The quality of the video encoding is superb. I've seen plenty of blu-rays which produced easily visible video artifacts when projected -- not this one: even projected on a screen larger than 4 X 7 feet, no video artifacts visible -- one could practically reach out and feel the texture of the tiles in the opening bathroom scene. Disk quality: meh. Arrived with two small scratches on it. Luckily, it didn't interfere with playback or result in any picture defects, but blu-rays should not be sent from the factory with scratches -- not impressive.
At first glance, Alex Proyas' spellbinding movie seems like a pretty basic story -- a seemingly ordinary man is pitted against the mysterious aliens who control his world. But it is far more than that. It's a dark grimy nightmare where nothing is what it seems, and everything we think is real is just an elaborate illusion, suffused with murky noir atmosphere and a mesmerizingly creepy band of villains. This is one of the rare films that is sublime from start to finish.
The Strangers are pasty-faced, bald, leather-coat-wearing aliens (think Darth Vader, post-mask), whose survival depends on somehow imitating human souls and dreams. So they created the Dark City, to observe and manipulate the unwitting humans.
John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes up naked in a tub, with no memory of who he is, and a brutally murdered woman in the hotel room outside. Police inspector Frank Bumstead (William Hurt) and the cops are hunting him for a series of murders, but John is sure he didn't murder anyone. He also is the only who seems to notice that the Dark City is perpetually night. And he's the only one who doesn't spontaneously fall into a coma at midnight, which is when the the Strangers appear.
Who are the Strangers? Pasty, bald aliens inhabiting dead bodies who appear every night to rearrange the world. Buildings are reshaped, people's memories change, and some people's whole lives are altered. And before long, John discovers that the strangers are after him because he can "tune" reality as they do.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
A "matrix" like movie before it's time, really enjoyed it when it got out.Published 23 months ago by Stephane Levesque
I saw this movie in theaters in 1998 & it still looks good today; good mystery & climax...Combination of neo-noir thriller & science-fiction...At this price=worth it!Published on Sept. 23 2013 by Steff66
this is one amazing movie. i would recommened this to everyone and i was shocked how fast it arrived at my home,.Published on Feb. 20 2013 by darlene mcnamara
Dark City is a 1998 film which I never saw in the theatres but grew to love on television. Next to Blade Runner, Dark City is my favourite science fiction flim. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2013 by Gregory