Dark City

Dark City

By Alex Proyas

  • Genre: Alex Proyas
  • Release Date: 1998-02-27
  • Advisory Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 1h 40min
  • Director: Alex Proyas
  • Production Company: New Line Cinema
  • iTunes Price: GBP 3.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
From 1,706 Ratings


Separated from his wife Emma (Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Jennifer Connelly –"A Beautiful Mind," "Requiem for a Dream"), amnesiac John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell – "A Knight’s Tale," "The Illusionist") 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 (Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winner Kiefer Sutherland – TV's '24," "Phone Booth") and sympathetic detective Frank Bumstead (Academy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee William Hurt – "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Broadcast News"). 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 collective memory and posses 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.




  • Banging, banging, banging film

    By Bill_Bread
    Far better than the matrix, this film isnreally special. Well worth the money.
  • Dark City Review

    By tag red
    Buy it now. I hope this film will be made for a mass market one day with some money spent on it and the effects of Van Helsing to attract everyone to what is a very different Scifi film. Wonderful, frightening, thought provoking and great acting. The story develops with the viewer even though we are a bit ahead of the main Character until the two merge in a satisfying momment, order from confusion in the end. Chilling story with a very human ending.......more please!
  • Fantastically atmospheric

    By Richard Hallas
    I discovered this film 'by accident' when it was quite new, and I've since watched it several times. It has an absolutely incredible atmosphere, and it's one of the most strikingly distinctive films I've ever seen. It immediately established itself as one of my all-time favourite films, which is saying something as I've seen a LOT of them. There are some really top class actors in this – not least a terrific (and badly under-credited) performance by Ian 'House of Cards' Richardson as Mr Book). It's the sort of film that reveals more of itself on repeated viewing, and it's certainly something I've enjoyed watching several times. The visuals are fantastic, complemented perfectly by excellent music, and the story is mysterious and engaging. It's a very immersive film. Clearly you DO need to be a sci-fi fan to 'get it', because ultimately sci-fi is what it is—but this is very original sci-fi, far removed from what one normally expects from the genre. I can't express how much I like this film. Every so often, I just feel that I have to watch it again… it's strange but wonderful fare. I feel sorry for the single one-star reviewer here, whose vocabulary is limited to one word: 'bad'. A perfect example of how you can't please everyone. But honestly, to accuse such actors as Ian Richardson, William Hurt and the others of being 'bad' just because you don't understand the film is a grave injustice. In fact, the performances from all the big-name cast are excellent here. The film itself is hugely atmospheric, engrossing and intelligently different. It's a true masterpiece in my opinion; maybe not as widely recognised as such as it deserves to be, but most people seem to come away from it highly impressed. Anyway, five stars from me. An absolute classic.
  • Forgotten sci-fi masterpiece!

    By Tunyó
    I watched this movie yesterday. Prior to that I have never even heard of it. Which is strange, because it is a remarkable, truly atmospheric thriller- sci-fi - film noir mixture. The film has a very energetic tempo all along. The acting is half-genius (Keifer), half-blahh (the main character), but it does not take away from the overall values of the movie: great story, with a really surprising twist, pleasant score, exciting characters and - at some places - artistic visuality and direction. How could i miss it so far?? Highly recommended.
  • Great sci-fi fantasy

    By kulehandluke
    Although this may not be to everyones liking this is a great scifi fantasy film. The gothic 50's style detective (almost noir) style is excellent. The music is well done and really adds to the atmosphere. The ending may not be to everyones taste but I loved it. One of those films that you can't quite put your finger on why but you really want to watch again.
  • Preposterous twaddle

    By Antboy347
    One of the worst films I've ever seen. I only watched it to the end because I'd paid to rent it. Which is dumb as why waste time as well as money. Although I was intrigued to see how bad it could get. Jaw droppingly bad is the answer. If it didn't take itself so seriously it would be funny, but its not. It's just really bad. Bad acting, bad plot, bad directing, bad script. Bad bad bad bad bad. Think of a bad film, then double it. Under no circumstances buy it. If you have watched every other film in the world and are at a loose end, rent it if you must, but you'll be sorry.
  • Really worth seeing, glad I rented it rather than bought

    By RichardCompton
    I'm not a pro film critic so excuse the layman terms! Value for money: I'm personally really glad to have seen this and it was well worth the £2.49, but I am glad I rented it as I don't think it's the kind of film you would watch again and again so I'm glad I didn't buy it. General Genre: I'd describe this as a mixture of fantasy sci-fi / classic detective story / comic book style directing. My take on it: It's quite a dark movie in every sense of the word and you'll either like it or not. It's not a *realistic* film, so if you think you'll not understand the imagery and want something more real then this isn't for you. But I loved it. I'd say if you like Darkman or the darker Batman stories then you'd like this, as would fans of the darker super hero comic characters. It's not a film I'd watch with a bunch of mates as it's likely to not be appreciated by all.
  • Very underrated but brilliant!

    By TheAshCloud
    Fascinating and reminiscent of A scanner darkly and Sin City... This is up there with Event Horizon as one of the best sci fi/ goth movies ever made. \Watch it!