Dark CityDirector: Alex Proyas, Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly
Alex Proyas (The Crow) directed this noir-styled futuristic thriller, scripted by Proyas, Lem Dobbs (Kafka), and David S. Goyer (The Puppet Masters). Separated from his wife Emma (Jennifer Connelly), amnesiac John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) 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 (Kiefer Sutherland) and sympathetic detective Frank Bumstead (William Hurt). 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 a collective memory and possess 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, a set inspired by Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Rufus Sewell commented on the Underworld: "When Alex first sent me the sketches for that set, I was more excited than I had been when I read the script. The Underworld was truly remarkable -- a little bit scary, very thrilling, and full of hundreds of bald people." At the Fox Film Studios in Sydney, Australia, where 50 sets were built, three months were spent constructing the set for the Underworld, the largest indoor set ever built in Australia. The production design by George Liddle (Rapa Nui) and Patrick Tatopoulos (Godzilla, Space: Above and Beyond) is a composite of different styles and eras, combining the look of 1940s Manhattan with German Expressionism. The music is by Trevor Jones (G.I. Jane). The film's dedication reads: "In Memory of Dennis Potter with gratitude and admiration."
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- New Line Home Video
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Rufus Sewell||John Murdoch|
|Kiefer Sutherland||Dr. Daniel Schreber|
|Jennifer Connelly||Emma Murdoch|
|William Hurt||Frank Bumstead|
|Richard O'Brien||Mr. Hand|
|Ian Richardson||Mr. Book|
|Bruce Spence||Mr. Wall|
|John Bluthal||Karl Harris|
|Alex Proyas||Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Steve Andrews||Asst. Director|
|Axel Bartz||Set Decoration/Design|
|Mara Bryan||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Jenny Carseldine||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael De Luca||Executive Producer|
|David S. Goyer||Screenwriter|
|Judith Harvey||Set Decoration/Design|
|Richard Hobbs||Art Director|
|Trevor Jones||Score Composer|
|Liz Keogh||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|David Lee||Sound/Sound Designer|
|George Liddle||Production Designer|
|Sarah Light||Set Decoration/Design|
|Andrew Mason||Producer,Special Effects Supervisor|
|Michelle McGahey||Art Director|
|Patrick Tatopoulos||Production Designer|
|Arthur Windus||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Brian Witten||Executive Producer|
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One of the best movies I've seen. Rated as the number one movie of the year that year by Roger Ebert and deserves to be more popular than it was. I am not some blind fan - I am telling you that Dark City will stay with you in your head for a few days after watching. I fell in love with 'Mr. Hand' and the way he spoke, mimicking his 'Sleep... NOW' quotes. The movie unravels at a deliberate pace so that you can relate with the main character, who, as you might guess, doesn't remember anything including his own name when he wakes up. The pace is given a shot in the arm when you see entire skyscrapers literally grow out of the ground as if they were organic - the visual impact is obvious. The commentary by Roger Ebert, who discussed the movie with a class that summer, is also highly recommended viewing. Additional details can be picked up with repeated viewing. Great, great movie.
Whereas some Directors cut versions of familiar films do not quite live up to expectations This does and does it in spades. It is a completely different and totally improved film. Every image is packed with so much detail that it is impossible to catch it all in just one viewing. For anyone who is a fan of this film this is a must- a gotta have, must!
Film Noir meets Sc Fi. Awesome may be an over-used word, but this is.
While a good entertaining film to watch, it looks like the writer borrrowed some of his ideas and characters from the french/english film 'City of Lost Children'. The idea of living life thru others and the look of the sets and the Strangers comes staight out of the other film.
i saw the cover of this when i was younger and i thought it would be the scary and science fiction ish type of film. now years later finally saw it and it wasn't what i was expecting. should of kept that comparison to matrix in mind. the strangers look almost badass and reminded me of hellraiser's pinhead's outfit. this is the story about a guy and a creepy underground world. and kiefer's character was kinda annoying especially the way he talked. jennifer connelly was pretty and liked her hair. the film was okay though don't expect much just from the cover like a book and cd.