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At Theaters: 2/27/1998 On Video: 7/28/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 56 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 029812
Studio: New Line Cinema
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A man discovers his memories, and reality as he knows it, are artificial creations. He seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. But as he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group known as The Strangers. These shadow-like figures possess the ability to stop time and alter people's perceptions -- a process known as Tuning. Through an evolutionary anomaly, Murdoch is also imbued with this power and thus, he alone is able to resist The Stangers' control over his mind. And for that, he must be destroyed.
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Sci-Fi Thriller - Dark City is a science-fiction thriller with dark psychological themes. Viewers who liked dark tales like The Crow and Blade Runner are the most likely audience to appreciate the film, though it treats similar themes less successfully. The special effects and look of the film will appeal to genre fans, but the story will be either too creepy or too simplistic for many viewers.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Rufus Sewell (Cold Comfort Farm)
Kiefer Sutherland (A Time To Kill)
Jennifer Connelly (Inventing The Abbotts)
Richard O'Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
William Hurt (Michael)
Producer: Andrew Mason (The Time Guardian)
Dir/Prod/Wri: Alex Proyas (The Crow)
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PROFANITY: Only a few mild profanities
SEX/NUDITY: Bare breasts and suggestive reference to prostitutes; no explicit sexuality
VIOLENCE: Dead bodies portrayed; several inhuman characters killed
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Several chases; special effects-enhanced battles
COMEDY: Serious tone offers few laughs
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Below Average
Over an hour into Dark City, three main characters enjoy a boat ride in which virtually the entire film to that point is summarized. That's the kind of lazy story-telling you can expect in Dark City, a psychological sci-fi thriller which might have been intriguing if writer/director Alex Proyas hadn't been so afraid of losing his audience. Thought he special effects and dark production design will likely grab genre fans, they'll find it servicing a tale which keeps stopping to let the stragglers catch up.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 148 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
12
About 50/50
83%%
13-19Teens (F)
14
Fairly Low
71%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
35
About 50/50
69%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
20
Fairly Low
60%%
30+Adults (M)
36
About 50/50
81%%
30+Adults (F)
31
Low
48%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
John Murdoch (Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can't remember whether he committed the murders or not. In fact, most of his memories have completely vanished, and for one brief moment, he is convinced that he has gone stark raving mad.

Pursued by Detective Bumstead (Hurt), Murdoch seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings collectively known as The Strangers. These shadow-like figures possess the ability to stop time and alter people's perceptions -- a process known as Tuning. Through an evolutionary anomaly, Murdoch is also imbued with this power and thus, he alone is able to resist The Stangers' control over his mind.

And for that, he must be destroyed.

With the help of the inscrutable Doctor Schreber (Sutherland), Murdoch is able to stay a step ahead of his adversaries while he slowly pieces together the labyrinthine puzzle of his past -- his bittersweet childhood, his love for his estranged wife Emma (Connelly) and the key to a hideous series of murders which he is suspected of committing.

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