Dark City (1998)


“Imagine a life Alien to yours. In which you memories were not your own, but those shared by every other of you kind. Imagine the torment of such an existence….no experiences to call your own. But if you were to discover something different…Something….better”

A man wakes up to a strange, dream-like, neo-noir world with no memory of who he is or how he got there- only that he is framed for murder by pale figures with abilities to alter peoples’ lives and thier reality known as The Strangers. Only he and his similar abilities can unravel the events taking place here and stop these beings.

A cult classic (or at least underestimated) neo-noir film with a dark tone as though David Lynch took on The Matrix with references to Plato’s Allegory of The Cave. It’s one of those “question reality” sort of movies that makes an interesting concept. How do we know if we are running our own lives or is someone monitoring it beyond our knowledge?
Although an intersting concept and tale it can be a tad confusing here and there around the beginning but then it starts to explain itself as you go deeper into the film. It’s dark tone matches well with the director’s work, coming from the man who had worked on The Crow. This one in it’s own way is somewhat ahead of it’s time, although there was little knowledge of this film when it was released.

This movie isn’t for everyone, however, If you are a moviegoer that likes strange sci-fi and themes that make you think, you may be in for a treat.

1 thought on “Dark City (1998)”

  1. The movie can be confusing it parts. I had to watch it more than once to really understand it. Dark City is very good. I like movies that make the viewer think. The special effects are good and the ending was well done.

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