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Separated from his wife Emma (Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Jennifer Connelly –"A Beautiful Mind," "Requiem for a Dream"), amnesiac John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell – "A Knight’s Tale," "The Illusionist") awakens alone in a strange hotel to learn he is wanted for a series of brutal killings but he can't remember if he did or didn't commit these murders. Indeed, most of his memories have completely vanished, and he becomes the focus of interest for both mad genius Dr. Schreber (Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winner Kiefer Sutherland – TV's '24," "Phone Booth") and sympathetic detective Frank Bumstead (Academy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee William Hurt – "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Broadcast News"). Attempting to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity, Murdoch encounters a group of ominous beings known as the Strangers, shadow-like figures who have collective memory and posses the ability to stop time and alter physical reality through a process called The Tuning. Focusing their minds, they are able to change the size and shape of the material world. Murdoch manages to stay a step ahead of his adversaries as he slowly jigsaws together the puzzle of his past-bittersweet memories of his childhood, his love for Emma, and the key to the murders – while following a labyrinth leading to the Strangers' Underworld.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 80
- Fresh: 59
- Rotten: 21
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: ...so relentlessly trippy in a fun-house sort of way that it could very easily inspire a daredevil cult of moviegoers who go back again and again to experience its mind-bending twists and turns.
Rotten: City ultimately plays like one of those art-deco dystopian CD-ROM adventures of recent years.
Fresh: Dark City trades in such weighty themes as memory, thought control, human will and the altering of reality, but is engaging mostly in the degree to which it creates and sustains a visually startling alternate universe.
Fresh: Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.
Amazing! What about the Directors Cut?
This film is great, but seeing the Directors Cut really fills in several other holes that are left open in the studio release version. Hopefully iTunes will get the directors cut soon.
Watching this movie gives great insight into where more "modern" sci-fi/film noir movies have come from. For example, The Matrix borrows many scenes from this movie. Overall, I would call this one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.
One unfogettable movie!
I watched this movie almost 10 years ago and it was great then, and it's still good now. Don't pass on this one... it's a must see!