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and recommend it.
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Written by: Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David S. Goyer
Starring: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly,
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Watch it when you’re in the mood
The critic says:
5 the rating system
Fun factor: ½/5
A man wakes up in the bathtub
of a dingy hotel room, with a small, bleeding puncture wound in his
forehead, and no recollection of what he’s doing there. In the
bedroom, he finds a murdered prostitute. A stranger on the telephone,
who says he’s a doctor, warns him to get out of there fast. They’re
coming to get him. Not that the man knows who "they" are. But
a glance out his door confirms their arrival. As he’s making a quick
exit from the hotel, the manager calls him by name: "John Murdoch."
Murdoch flees into the nightmarish metropolis, taking twists and turns
down streets he can’t remember. Slowly, a few key images come back to
him: visions of Shell Beach, a woman named Emma. He’s also beginning
to suspect that he may be a mass murderer, which means the police must
be following him as well. (Sure enough, there’s an Inspector named
Bumstead who’s just been assigned to the case, since the previous
inspector has gone loony.) But nothing is as it seems in the dark city.
And as he makes his way around in an attempt to learn the mysteries of
his past, while continuing to dodge his many pursuers, John Murdoch is
about to unearth far more than his own secrets. He’s about to discover
some frightening truths about the city itself.
in life, timing is everything. If I had caught Dark City back in
1998, when it was first released in movie theatres, I may very well have
been blown away. But in 1998, as it happens, I was living abroad, which
may explain why I’d never even heard of this movie that Ebert
proclaimed "a great visionary achievement." So it’s 2001,
and I’ve seen both The Matrix (fun!) and The
Thirteenth Floor (painful) – plus countless other sci-fi thrillers
– and frankly, the plot of Dark City just doesn’t seem all
that original anymore (even the way the story’s structured made me
think immediately of The Truman Show). There’s the fake city
built by an evil alien race in order to use the unsuspecting humans for
their own selfish purposes. There’s the Man-Unlike-Other-Men who, by
virtue of being able to manipulate this virtual world in the same manner
as his oppressors, may be able to liberate the human race. Sound
familiar by now? Right. And while this may not be a criticism of the
movie itself – after all, it’s not the filmmaker’s fault that I’m
now so jaded – there’s no denying that I enjoyed the movie less as a
result. Plus, there’s the fact that the acting frequently borders on
the wooden. (Worst of all is Kiefer Sutherland, who, as the mysterious
doctor, chooses to deliver all … his lines … in short- … breathed
gasps.) Still, though Dark City doesn’t work for me as
thought-provoking sci-fi, it does succeed as a very unusual slant on the
film noir genre. The dark moodiness, the mystery, the ambience: it sucks
you in. And with its eerie, creepy, exquisite world of slivered light
permeating inky black shadow, Dark City’s an undeniable
12-course, gourmet banquet for the eyes.—reviewed by
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