Dark City –  – English
You might have watched a Sci-fi movie. An action movie, a thriller, a mystery, a drama or even a horror movie too but how about everything rolled into one. And there you get this movie, ‘Dark City’. A film which is set in the futuristic world where humans were confused souls and don’t remember who they really are.
The story is told through the eyes of the protagonist J. Murdoch who is in search of himself as he doesn’t have any memory of who is he, where is he, how he got there. And we ourselves get bewildered on the happenings in the city. He is stuck in a hotel room naked accompanied by a murdered woman. He dresses up and before he can leave, he receives a call from Dr. Schreber who says that he know that Murdoch was erased of all his memories, he can help him and asks him to get away from the hotel as the ‘Strangers’ are looking for him. And there begins his quest for searching about himself and there it reveals the dark secrets about the ‘Dark City’.
In between his search, he was questioned by the Inspector Bumstead for murdering 5 women. Inspector believes that he hasn’t done those killings but still inquires him as he is the strongest suspect. His wife Emma tries to help him to get out of the legal difficulties. But the danger was following just like the shadow in the form of ‘Strangers’. Strangers are all look like corpse-like structures and has the ability to change the physical reality just by will. Murdoch has some powers of strangers to defend himself.
The moment the husky voice of Dr. Schreber says ‘First (A Pause) there was (A Pause) Darkness, then (A Pause) Came the (A Pause) Strangers’ we are sucked into this movie and when he calls up Murdoch and say that ‘I know you are confused….’ We are as confused as Murdoch was.
I loved each and every character in this movie from the protagonist to those corpse-like Strangers. The character J. Murdoch was played by Rufus Sewell plays a man who is confused, desperate and the savior of the people. And he does exceedingly well. More than anybody the man who just stole the show according to me is, Kiefer Sutherland who played the character of Dr. Schreber. His husky voice and those pausing pronunciation of the words brings a gothic feel to this movie. Those men in black coats who are called as Strangers bring horror in us. Even the little kid among them was as sinister as the other men.
And then there is my favorite Jennifer Connelley. It’s always a treat to watch her on screen and I always believed she is the most beautiful actress to grace the silverscreen. She is perfect to the role of a young woman who betrayed her husband and in the brink of redemption.
Dark city is a different world which is frightening; at times it is stunning to look at (Only to look). The art designer and the cinematographer of the movie worked wonders for this movie in creating this city. It’s a new vision. It’s a nightmare for the people who live there. There is no life except the humans. The background score is another thing which blended perfectly to give that horror feel for this movie. I loved the score which comes when the clock hits 12’O Clock. Absolutely frightening.
The director of this movie Alex Proyas has written an impeccable screenplay which stays just tight except for the last few minutes which I feel a bit rushed. Except that he created a wonderful movie here. It is known to be the ancestral movie for Matrix and Inception. There is vision, there is imagination, there is solid story, there is edge of the moments and I can’t find a single reason why shouldn’t watch this movie twice. I think this is the one of the ultimate science fiction movies ever made and for sure will be lapped up the Sci-fi fans like AK 😀
Just couldn’t stop myself from posting one of the clips of Jennifer Connelley 😀 😀