A futuristic thriller about a man who wakes up to find he is wanted for brutal murders he doesn’t remember. Haunted by mysterious beings who stop time and alter reality, he seeks to unravel the riddle of his identity.
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Not nearly as concise and perfectly plotted as The Matrix, nor does it really conclude with as meaningful of a message, but none-the-less I did find it to be an interesting meditation on the power of the mind and the way we interpret reality as we exist within it. Stunning imagery.
There's one great movie in every director. For Alex Proyas (now a bonafide Hollywood hack), there were two: THE CROW and DARK CITY. Noir-acolyte and co-writer Lem Dobbs said it best when he called DARK CITY "a pastiche". The Director's Cut is a more somber affair, toning down Trevor Jones' extravagant score and judiciously removing exposition. Films like DARK CITY are emblematic of cinéma fantastique. Iconic, fun.
The ultimate little-known genre gem; a highly inventive and imaginative early Proyas film. You'd think watching it the guy had loads of great films ahead of him. Not really. Also, I'll sway with you anytime, Jennifer Connolly. Wow.
A nice throwback to the old German expressionist films, I love Proyas' taste for the melodramatic and visually sumptuous. This was the movie that The Matrix and Inception tried to be, but failed to be because the filmmakers weren't daring enough. I loved the colors; the use of blue, green, red, and deep purple. However I couldn't get on board with the idea that they were on a spaceship the whole time. Too depressing.
The bad acting / dialog don't do the concept of the film any justice. The set design, cinematography and editing style are pretty awesome at times, but nothing compared to "Blade Runner" (clearly the largest influence for this film.) Overall, it's a mix of good and horrible, worthy of about 3 stars considering the fact that it's really just another forgotten Hollywood production from the 90's.
Great in its own right. Much as Scorsese pointed out the division between fans of "L'Avventura" and fans of "La dolce vita", I feel there's a similar rift between this and "The Matrix" films...many synchronicities, though the stories differ in their paths, even if they do come to virtually the same conclusion.