Dark City (1998)

Directed by:  Alex Proyas (The Crow has long been one of my favourite movies, to the point where I dressed up as The Crow a couple times for Hallowe’en)

Written by: Proyas, David S. Goyer and Lem Dobbs

Starring: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O’Brien, Melissa George and David Wenham.

What it’s about: a man, having awoken with no memories of himself, seeks to uncover the mystery behind himself and the ever-changing city he lives in

Alternate B-Movie Title: The Strangers Come When You Sleep

Movie Mash Up: The MatrixThe 13th Floor + Memento + Metropolis

What I liked: so much of this movie.  Even re-watching it years later, I still take new things away from it.  It’s a murder mystery, but not at all.  It’s an amnesia story, but not at all.  The acting is great, very noir-inspired.  The movie is gorgeous.  Melissa George is mostly naked in it.  It’s menacing, and has a great ending that delivers a twist/answer that doesn’t feel like a cheat at all.

What I disliked: watching so much “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” recently had me convinced throughout the entire movie that Armin Shimerman was the actor playing Mr. Hand.  Turns out it was Richard O’Brien, and I disliked that.  Other than that, the movie is excellent across the board.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Yes, it’s a great story, even better than The Matrix (which was released the following year), and criminally overlooked.  It’s a bit scary, and has a wonderful, satisfying ending.

Rating: 5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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