Monday, October 18, 2010

31 Days of Halloween: Dark City

Before The Matrix, before Inception, and before Brick, there was Dark City, a noir/horror/sci-fi hybrid from the Director of The Crow that explored the nature of reality, identity, and memory against a terrifying backdrop that Rick Deckard, Sweeney Todd, or Sam Spade would feel right at home in. Like The Matrix’s Neo, John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) finds himself on the run through a world that’s familiar and yet alien, one that forces him to reexamine what he knows about life and his own reality before learning that he has the gift of superhuman powers. But unlike Neo's epic story arc, Dark City feels intimate, drawing on the best dark visual and emotional qualities of noir (the caged feeling, the shadows, the cool detachment) and German Expressionism to bring out the horror without making it feel too over the top, the perfect balance between The Maltese Falcon and a Tim Burton film. Also starring Kiefer Sutherland at his most creepy, Jennifer Connelly, and William Hurt, it's sinister, beautiful, engaging, and thought provoking, a little respected film that deserves so much more.
P.S. It's one got one of the best film trailers...ever.

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