Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dark City

Dark City is a science fiction film I don't remember from its 1998 release, but I came across it at Spin Street and picked it up to watch this month. The Younger Son chose it last night late, and He and I and The Daughter watched the theatrical release. All 3 of us liked it. We were reminded of The City of Lost Children, which we also liked. Alex Proyas directs. Rufus Sewell is the hero. It also stars William Hurt, Keifer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly as the love interest, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson and Bruce Spence.

Oh, and it has Sway in it, but not by Dean Martin...


Moria gives it their highest rating. The New York Times doesn't seem to have seen the same film we did, calling it "trippy". Variety has a mostly positive review. Roger Ebert loves this film, placing it on his Great Movies list and doing one of the commentary tracks on our DVD. His review opens with this:
``Dark City'' by Alex Proyas is a great visionary achievement, a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like ``Metropolis'' and ``2001: A Space Odyssey.'' 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.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:18 AM

    "...late last night..."
    A Pal