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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.
A visionary slice of visceral experience.
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.
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.
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.
The experience of Dark City is one that no film lover should miss... seen now as it was intended after 10 long years of wandering in the shadows.
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