• Dark City (1998)

Dark City

Release Date: February 27th, 1998

DVD Release Date: July 29th, 1998

R |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can't remember whether he committed the murders or not. For one brief moment, he is convinced that he has gone completely mad. Murdoch seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings collectively known as the Strangers.

Cast: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, Colin Friels, Mitchell Butel

Director: Alex Proyas

Genres: Science fiction , Fantasy

Production Co: New Line Cinema, Mystery Clock Cinema

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Murder, Hotel, Mystery, Police officer, Wife, Husband, 1990s, Dark, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Proyas' movie lacks a truly rich or compelling story -- although the city secret is certainly a rich and compelling idea. All too often, Dark City seems a great production design in search of a movie, an ultimate modern film noir pastiche, in which the images are so strong they overpower the drama. [27 Feb 1998]

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Dark City has as stunning a visual texture as that of any movie that I've seen...Visually, this film isn't just impressive, it's a tour de force. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A great visionary achievement, a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like "Metropolis" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." show more

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