Dark City (1998) Movie Review


Dark City (1998)

1998 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Fantasy, Mystery
100 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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Dark City Review


A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.

Dark City (1998) is a 1h 40-min American sci-fi drama fantasy-action film Los Angeles, California, USA and several locations in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Director and co-writer Alex Proyas (I, Robot (2004), Knowing (2009), The Crow (1994)) did an excellent job bringing us this original, exciting story with a complicated plot and twist of reality. Dark City is a densely layered production that bewilders for about two-thirds of the film, but that does mean that your attention will stray away from the screen because the storyline was amazingly very appealing. The suspense level was intense as it heavily builds up

John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell - The Illusionist (2006), A Knight’s Tale (2001), The Holiday (2006)) is an amnesiac man who became a murder suspect. John is determined to clear his name and discover his true identity while dodging the police and a group that goes by the name Strangers. He awakes naked and disoriented in a bathtub and suffers from amnesia. John also has a prostitute corpse in his possession and is not sure how that happened. He is frustrated by the missing/disjointed pieces of his memory and now a crime that he may or may have not committed. There is so much to the story but saying more will be leaving less for you to see and expect.

Rufus Sewell did a fantastic job portraying his character, giving us an authentic real/convincing performance. The cast was competent and did justice to the movie as the dialogues flowed well and the body language was done nicely. The storyline was intricate; visuals was breathtaking - truly amazing and pleasing to the eyes and the sets were impressive. With all said, the special effects were off the charts with a hypnotic and memorable atmosphere. I think Dark City did not flourish/excel because of the complicated story. I enjoyed this film better after watching the second time around because it takes a lot of attention to understand this movie.

About Dark City 1998

Title: Dark City
Original Title: Dark Empire, Dark World
Year: 1998
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Fantasy, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 6 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Bruce Spence, Kiefer Sutherland, David Wenham, William Hurt, Deobia Oparei, Rufus Sewell, John Bluthal, Melissa George, Nicholas Bell, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Pace, Ritchie Singer, Marcus Proctor, Lisa 'Screamqueen' Lush, Jeanette Cronin, Peter Callan, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, Marin Mimica, Edward Grant, Mitchell Butel, Maureen O'Shaughnessy, Marques Johnson, Tony Mosley, Frank Gallacher, Doug Scroope, Glenford O. Richards, Justin Monjo, Cinzia Coassin, Stanley Steer
Writers: Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David S. Goyer
Director: Alex Proyas

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