Dark City

New Line Cinema Released 1998


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Alex Proyas
Dark City is a 1998 science-fiction suspense thriller directed by Alex Proyas. The movie stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt, and Jennifer Connolly. John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes up in a hotel room bathtub suffering from complete and total amnesia. Inside the room, Murdoch discovers the dead body of a woman who was mutilated and ritualistically murdered. In a state of shock Murdoch answers a telephone call from a Dr. Daniel Schreber (Kiefer Sutherland). Dr. Schreber tells Murdoch that a group of men are after him, and instructs him to fllee the hotel crime scene immediately. Murdoch leaves just as the men pursuing him, who are known as the Strangers, arrive. In addition to the Strangers, Murdoch is also being pursued by police inspector Frank Bumstead (William Hurt), who suspects him of committing a series of grisly murders. As Murdoch attempts to learn his true identity and prove his innocence, he must hide in the dark streets, running for his life. Slowly, he begins to unravel a shocking conspiracy that suggests human existence may not be what it seems.moreless


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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    So relentlessly trippy in a fun-house sort of way that it could very easily inspire a daredevil cult of moviegoers who go back again and again to experience its mind-bending twists...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    What they have done is taken a few second-hand ideas from noir and speculative fiction and mixed them in occasionally striking ways, even if, in the end, the result isn't all that ...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    Proyas is trying simultaneously to create a pure thriller and sci-fi nightmare along with his tongue-in-cheek critique of artifice. And this doesn't work out quite so well.

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