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Dark City (1998)

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

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Storyline

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. Written by Anonymous

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Forget the Sun. Forget Time. Forget Your Memories. See more »


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Rated R for violent images and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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27 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Dark City  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,576,953 (USA) (1 March 1998)

Gross:

$14,378,331 (USA)
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Trivia

New Line Cinema forced Alex Proyas to include the opening narration by Kiefer Sutherland, which Proyas objected to, saying it was unnecessary. The narration gives away several key plot twists, and consequently many fans of the film prefer to watch it with the sound turned off, only turning it back up when Sutherland looks at his pocket watch. Unsurprisingly, the director's cut omits this opening narration. See more »

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(at around 60 mins) After John Murdoch opens the door and almost falls from the building, he grabs the ledge and slams into the side of the building. The building bends in with John's impact. See more »

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Dr. Schreber: [voiceover] First there was darkness. Then came the strangers. They were a race as old as time itself. They had mastered the ultimate technology. The ability to alter physical reality by will alone. They called this ability "Tuning". But they were dying. Their civilization was in decline, and so they abandoned their world seeking a cure for their own mortality. Their endless journey brought them to a small, blue world in the farthest corner of the galaxy. Our world. Here they ...
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Sway
Written by Norman Gimbel and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (as Pablo Beltran Ruiz)
Sung by Anita Kelsey
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creepy, heart warming and fantastical
16 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

simply wonderful on every level. A matrix meets Truman show if you will. Remarkably the film works despite its weird. wonderful and uncomfortable story line. Genuinely disturbing, as interesting as any murder mystery and beautiful atmosphere with art deco, film noir, and night on elm street under belly.

At first you will be tempted to draw comparisons with the matrix and at other times the mind wonders and the ghostly tall men enter our dreams, but as the film progresses the human heart begins to take centre stage particularly in the characters of the two police chiefs as well as the central figure of John Murdoch. All in all a cascading and multi-dimensional cinematic delight that left me feeling unsettled and warm at the same time.

watch it.


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