1998's Dark City
by Alex Proyas (The Crow
) is an eye-popping, mind-blowing breakthrough in Science Fiction - one that I had not gotten the privilege of experiencing until last night.
John Murdock (Rufus Sewell
) awakens in a bathtub in a dirty hotel room. He gets up, collects himself and begins to stagger out, only to find a slain woman lying on the floor.
John has no memories of who he is or why he was in the room. He has no idea that he is being set up for the murders of 6 prostitutes he's never even met. Even stranger is the fact that when he emerges from the hotel, the entire city has stopped moving and everyone but him is asleep.
A group of beings from another planet, known only as The Strangers
, have come to Earth in order to unlock the secret of the human soul. Their race is dying, and unless they find a way to live like humans, those remaining will die - and their civilization will be gone forever. They conduct strange experiments on individuals, and have the ability to alter time and change physical reality.Jennifer Connelly
(Dark Water, Requiem For A Dream
) plays Murdock's wife Emma and Kiefer Sutherland plays the odd Dr. Schreber, who works for the The Strangers, helping them carry out their experiments in hopes of unlocking the answer to human life.
Inspector Frank Bumstead (William Hurt
) is out to find the killer, who he believes to be Murdock. When he finds him - he is instantly trapped in a deadly, mysterious puzzle where none of the pieces fit, and no one can seem to remember the last time they saw sunlight...Dark City
is now a member of my top 10 favorite films, which in no way, shape, or form is an organized fashion to present to you - perhaps sometime soon I can re-evaluate the list and give you some more insight.
Just know that this film single-handedly shaped the style of The Matrix
and also pays homage to 1927's Metropolis
by Fritz Lang. It's one of the greatest Sci-Fi films... ever. This is my most reccomended of reccomendations
- I urge you to go out immediately to your local rental store and find this DVD. Try to watch it late at night - around 11 p.m. or