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Dark City

Dark City (Alex Proyas, 1998) wr. Alex Proyas; Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly; SF

If it is true, as the German director Werner Herzog believes, that we live in an age starved of new images, then Dark City is a film to nourish us. Not a story so much as an experience, it is a triumph of art direction, set design, cinematography, special effects—and imagination. ... Watching it, I realized the last dozen films I'd seen were about people standing around, talking to one another. Dark City has been created and imagined as a new visual place for us to inhabit. It adds treasure to our notions of what can be imagined. Roger Ebert.

Yet the film has a grip, an inexplicable attraction with its enormous energy and unique, all-embracing universe. And there is a sensitive humanity in the final message (final because we don’t get it until the last quarter) and a bid for eternity in the handling of the finale, which leaves us uplifted yet vaguely frustrated all at once. Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile.

Garry Gillard | New: 8 November, 2012 | Now: 2 December, 2019