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Dark City (1998)

by  |  May 16th, 2012  |  Sci Fi

I first started getting interested in things like, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction books and movies, as well as basically anything horror or thriller movie or novel related!

With that in mind, I first came to discover Graphic novels in movie form back in the early 90s when I first came to discover, Brandon Lee (Rapid Fire) in, The Crow (1994), a movie which was directed by Alex Proyas (The Unpleasant Profession Of Jonathan Hoag).

And speaking of Alex Proyas, another great classic that he did is, Dark City (1998)…

Written by: Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs (Haywire) and David S. Goyer (Blade) and Directed by: Alex Proyas. Starring: Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), Keifer Sutherland (Freeway), William Hurt (Lost In Space), Jennifer Connelly (Labyrinth), Richard O’Brien (Flash Gordon) and Ian Richardson (The Fifth Province).

Dark City is a Hugo award winning movie that Roger Ebert had called, ‘The best movie of 1998’ and, with whom had actually recorded a special commentary track for Dark City.

Dark City tells the story of a world where day light never shows. this is a world of extremes, in which there are both the lower class and then the extreme upper class of people!

Now besides the fact that there never seems to be any day light, there seems to be other weird things going on in this town… Including the fact that when asked how to get to, ‘Shell Beach’ no one ever seems to remember exactly how to get there, and the fact that everyone despite where they are and what they’re doing go to sleep at midnight!

The reason for this is the fact that an heavily advanced and dying Alien race that has the power to change things around them (which they call ‘cunning’) has decided to abduct a large group of humans from Earth, and place them on a sort of space station that has been created to look like a human city, from the collective memories of the humans that they kidnapped, in an effort to try and discover what, ‘the human spirit is’

This dying Alien Race uses dead humans as their host bodies.

Now these Aliens (that use dead humans as their vessels), think they can discover the human spirit through the memories of the humans they are holding capitive and use a human by the name of Dr. Daniel P. Schreber (Sutherland). Who when the city is forced to go to sleep, switches in & out the lives of the humans in the city by changing their memories!

That is until one night when while Dr. Schreber is trying to implant the memories of John Murdoch in to it’s latest host (Sewell).

Now the new ‘John Murdoch’ is actually a bump up the evolutionary curve because not only does he wake up and freak out Dr. Schreber, but he also has the same powers as the Aliens, and may actually be the only hope for humanity trapped on this base!

John Murdoch (Sewell), just before he wakes up in to his new life!

I thought that I would mention and can totally see is how The Twilight Zone influenced Mr. Proyas when making this movie.

The last thing that I thought that I would mention is that Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), when writing Inception (2010), was influenced by, ‘that era of movies where you had The Matrix, you had Dark City, you had The Thirteenth Floor and, to a certain extent, you had Memento, too. They were based in the principles that the world around you might not be real’.

So if your look for a fun, dark, and edgy Science Fiction movie to enjoy, then I recommend this one, it is a fun one!


Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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