Dark City has as stunning a visual texture as that of any movie that I've seen. Roger Ebert writing in the Chicago Sun-Times called it a "great visionary achievement," while also exclaiming that it was "a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like Metropolis and A Space Odyssey.
But on a positive front, he wrote, "what counts here is the show, the creation of a strange world by a filmmaker who clearly knows science fiction and fantasy, past and present, and wants to share his love for it. This guy wears bad luck like the grimy trenchcoats of his protagonists, only his zipper's stuck and he can't seem to shake the damn thing off. Commenting on the directing, he thought "If you had to guess, you might say that Proyas came out of the world of comic art himself, Album) than music videos and advertising.
Dark City is constructed like panels in a Batman book, each picture striving for maximum dread. And this doesn't work out quite so well. Writing for TimeRichard Corliss said the film was "as cool and distant as the planet the Strangers come from. But, Lord, is Dark City a wonder to see.
Goyer is unintentionally funny at times and often just plain dumb. What they have done is taken a few second-hand ideas from noir and speculative fiction and mixed them in occasionally striking ways, even if, in the end, the result isn't all that much fun.
Andrea Basora of Newsweekstated that director Proyas flooded the screen with "cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly Album) world". Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique found the production design and the cinematography overwhelming, but he considered the narrative engagement of Sewell's amnesiac character to be ultimately successful.
Biodrowski writes, "As the story progresses, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, and we gradually realize that the film is not a murky muddle of visuals propping up a weak story.
All the questions lead to answers, and the answers make sense within the fantasy framework. As a technical achievement, it is superb, and that technique is put in the service of telling a story that would be difficult to realize any other way. The film won and was nominated for several awards in Film critic Roger Ebert cited it as the best film of Dark City premiered in cinemas on 27 February in wide release on 1, screens in the U. The film was released in VHS video format on 2 March The DVD also includes biographies, filmographies, comparisons to Fritz Lang's Metropolisset designs, and the theatrical trailer.
The director's cut removes the opening narration, which Proyas felt explained too much of the plot, and restores it to its original location in the film. It also includes 15 minutes of additional footage, Shell Beach - Trevor Jones - Dark City (Complete Original Motion Picture Score) (CDr consisting of extended scenes with additional establishing shots and dialogue. The Blu-ray Disc additionally includes the original theatrical cut and the special features from the DVD release.
A short film entitled Mask of the Evil Apparitionwritten and directed by Proyas and set in the Dark City cinematic universe, was released in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Release date. Running time. Daniel P. Hand Ian Richardson as Mr. Book Bruce Spence as Mr. Wall Colin Friels as Det. Film portal. British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 3 January The Numbers. Retrieved 8 August Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 29 August Cinema Papers. ISSN Retrieved 18 September Dark CityDirector's Cut: at approximatelyMr. Hand states that the city is a mix of eras. This review will casually drop some spoilers. As the film opens, John Murdoch Rufus Sewell wakes up in a bathtub, unable to remember what brought him there or even his own name.
Murdoch is pursued not only by Police Detective Bumstead, but also by mysterious men who appear to have psychokinetic powers. Tracing his past, he discovers Shell Beach, a vacation spot from his youth. Soon, it becomes just as important for Murdoch to find the location of Shell Beach as it is to discover the secret of these mysterious men following him.
Many have a tendency to project a Utopian vision in our formative years. As we get older and the pressures of adulthood weigh down on us, it becomes easier to craft a bright, technicolor image of our childhood experiences, from vacations with our family to sitting down and watching formative films. By making Murdoch quest after a nonexistence memory, Proyas makes his film just as much about navigating internal space as it is about navigating physical space.
Repeatedly, Murdoch asks residents of the city if they know the way to Shell Beach. Like all memorieswhat at first seems like concrete details give way to a fuzzy haze. How many of our favorite childhood events are merely impressions buried beneath layers of emotions? You are told what to do and where to go during most of your days. Performer, Primary Artist. Julian Kershaw. Phil Klum. Jeff Lamont.
Jonathan McHugh. Soundtrack Executive Producer. Gary Numan. Simon Rhodes. Engineer, Mixing. Dana Sano. Victoria Seale. Music Coordinator. Sway: Anita Kelsey 3. Sleep Now: Hughes Hall 1. Into the City 4. No More Mr. Quick 3. Emma 3. The Strangers Are Tuning 3. Quotes Dr. Alternate versions The director's cut omits the Album) monologue. User reviews Review. Top review. The thinking man's sci-fi. For science fiction fans the late 90s were great years. The most famous and popular of all was The Matrix but Alex Proyas's much more thought-provoking which is saying something as the Matrix, at least the first movie was very thought provoking itself film is just as good.
No movie can Shell Beach - Trevor Jones - Dark City (Complete Original Motion Picture Score) (CDr have too much atmosphere, and Dark City exudes it from every frame of celluloid. Alex Proyas' world isn't just a playground for his characters to romp in -- it's an ominous place where viewers can get lost. We don't just coolly observe the bizarre, ever-changing skyline; we plunge into the city's benighted depths, following the protagonist as he explores the secrets Album) this grim place where the sun never shines.
Visually, this film isn't just impressive, it's a tour de force. Thankfully, Dark City doesn't have an "all style, no substance" problem, either, because there's a mind-challenging story to go along with the eye candy. Proyas hasn't written this film for the passive viewer. To become involved in Dark City, thinking is mandatory. FAQ 9.
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