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From the director of "The Crow," an atmospheric melange of styles and substance about aliens, night and unspeakable acts. Interesting, but more than a bit addled.
Stylishly gloomy, Dark City offers a polarizing whirl of arresting visuals and noirish action.
A mishmash of iconography lifted from better movies.
[A] stylish hybrid of futuristic thriller and film noir.
Dark City, based on a story he wrote, Proyas ups the style quotient and shoots for something more significant, plugging into current debates on the nature of the mind and soul.
Dark City trades in such weighty themes as memory, thought control, human will and the altering of reality, but is engaging mostly in the degree to which it creates and sustains a visually startling alternate universe.
Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.
A visionary slice of visceral experience.
City ultimately plays like one of those art-deco dystopian CD-ROM adventures of recent years.
If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.
Writer/Director Alex Proyas needs to stop it with the writing and concentrate on making the pretty. He needs to find a good script and just direct it.
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