DARK CITY: DVD
John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes up alone in the bath of a strange hotel room to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. But there is a blank where he used to have a memory: he simply doesn't know whether he is guilty or innocent. Pursued by Detective Bumstead (William Hurt), Murdoch, while trying to solve the twisted riddle of his identity, discovers a fiendish underworld controlled by ominous beings known as The Strangers. These black-robed figures posses the ability to stop time and alter physical reality through a process known as Tuning - a power which Murdoch realises he, too, possesses. This makes him a threat to The Strangers, who try to destroy him. In his quest to save himself, he is aided by psychiatrist Doctor Schreber (Kiefer Sutherland) and his wife and childhood sweetheart Emma (Jennifer Connelly).
Review by Louise Keller:
Alex Proyas' vision is a striking cinematic work with stunning production design and technology that grabs and sustains interest. Conceptually intriguing, Proyas' fluid direction evokes a comic-book feel to this noir sci-fi thriller. What he manages to do so well is to create a mood which settles and filters through to the subconscious, until we are immersed in this dark, mysterious world.
Much of the action is revealed cinematically with minimal words - to mesmerising effect, a little at a time, allowing us to think, deduce and assume various parts of the plot. Rufus Sewell is impressive leading man material, with his darkly handsome, charismatic looks and appealing calm. I just don't buy Kiefer Sutherland's overdone, breathy, mannered persona as the psycho psychiatrist.
But watch out for Colin Friels, who is terrific in a supporting role. Dark City takes us to an ominous, dim world of the future, where time stands still, the sun never shines and individual memories are transferred and mixed, as simply as colours on an artist's palette. Are we the sum of our memories?
Or is there more to the complex human beings that we are? Filmed at Sydney's new Fox Studios on the largest indoor set ever built in Australia, Dark City is bewitching and engaging entertainment, enhanced by a thrilling score by Trevor Jones, which captures the mood and takes us far, far away, beyond the sun, into a world of forgotten memories.
DVD special features include director's cut feature, three documentaries, three audio commentaries, production gallery, director's cut fact track, The Metropolis Compariso, Neil Gaiman on Dark City and trailer.
Published October 2, 2008
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DARK CITY: DVD (M)
CAST: Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennnifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien, Bruce Spence, Colin Friels
PRODUCER: Andrew Mason
DIRECTOR: Alex Proyas
SCRIPT: Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David Goyer
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dariusz Wolski
EDITOR: Dov Hoenig
MUSIC: Trevor Jones
PRODUCTION DESIGN: George Liddle
RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 28, 1998
SPECIAL FEATURES: Director's Cut Feature
Theatrical Feature[BREAK]Documentaries x 3
Audio Commentaries x 3
Director's Cut Fact Track
The Metropolis Comparison
Neil Gaiman on Dark City
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Reel DVD
DVD RELEASE: October 2, 2008