Dark City (2008) Australia, USA
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Director:Alex Proyas
Studio:New Line Home Video
Producer:Hal B. Wallis
Writer:Alex Proyas, Alex Proyas
Rating:4.5 (552 votes)
Date Added:2010-06-23
Awards:6 wins & 7 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Sound:DTS-HD High Res Audio
Subtitles:English, Spanish
Features:Director's Cut
Alex Proyas  ...  (Director)
Alex Proyas, Alex Proyas  ...  (Writer)
Rufus Sewell  ...  John Murdoch
William Hurt  ...  Inspector Frank Bumstead
Kiefer Sutherland  ...  Dr. Daniel P. Schreber
Jennifer Connelly  ...  Emma Murdoch / Anna
Richard O'Brien  ...  Mr. Hand
Dariusz Wolski  ...  Cinematographer
Ian Richardson  ...  Mr. Book
Bruce Spence  ...  Mr. Wall
Colin Friels  ...  Det. Eddie Walenski
John Bluthal  ...  Karl Harris
Mitchell Butel  ...  Officer Husselbeck
Melissa George  ...  May
Frank Gallacher  ...  Chief Insp. Stromboli
Ritchie Singer  ...  Hotel Manager / Vendor
Justin Monjo  ...  Taxi Driver
Nicholas Bell  ...  Mr. Rain
Summary: If you're a fan of brooding comic-book antiheroes, got a nihilistic jolt from "The Crow" (1994), and share director Alex Proyas's highly developed preoccupation for style over substance, you might be tempted to call "Dark City" an instant classic of visual imagination. It's one of those films that exists in a world purely of its own making, setting its own rules and playing by them fairly, so that even its derivative elements (and there are quite a few) acquire their own specific uniqueness. Before long, however, the film becomes interesting only as a triumph of production design. And while that's certainly enough to grab your attention ("Blade Runner" is considered a classic, after all), it's painfully clear that "Dark City" has precious little heart and soul. One-dimensional characters are no match for the film's abundance of retro-futuristic style, so it's best to admire the latter on its own splendidly cinematic terms. Trivia buffs will be interested to know that the film's 50-plus sets (partially inspired by German expressionism) were built at the Fox Film Studios in Sydney, Australia, home base of director Alex Proyas and producer Andrew Mason. The underground world depicted in the film required the largest indoor set ever built in Australia. "--Jeff Shannon"