DARK CITY should have been a bigger hit when it was released in 1998. An imaginative, stylish noir-inspired sci-fi thriller, DARK CITY dealt with many of the same themes as 1999’s THE MATRIX yet made a fraction of the cultural impact (and money) that the Wachowskis’ action film would succeed in achieving.
Well, we here at the Alamo Drafthouse have a soft spot for the underdog – that’s why we’ve chosen DARK CITY as the inaugural film in our CineGeek series.CineGeek is a new monthly series that spotlights the best in science fiction, fantasy and animation. We’ve got a few classics up our sleeve for future months but in February the spotlight is on Alex Proyas’ critically acclaimed, yet relatively still underappreciated, sci-fi noir.
Rufus Sewell stars in DARK CITY as John Murdoch, a man who cannot remember his past and is trapped in a world that’s constantly changing. As buildings shift and memories disappear, darkness is the only constant in the nightmarish city Murdoch struggles to escape from. Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt co-star. Proyas, who has previously directed THE CROW, pulls from the legacy of German expressionist films to build a world of shadows around a script co-written by David Goyer (THE DARK KNIGHT).
DARK CITY is a must-see movie for any self-respecting fan of science fiction. More to the point, it's just a dang good movie. Everything about the film just clicks - Proyas' visual touches, the performances (especially Kiefer Sutherland's) the haunting music from Trevor Jones. But don't take my word for it. Roger Ebert has championed the film since its release – calling it a “great visionary achievement” and comparing its impact to that of METROPOLIS and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
If you’ve never seen DARK CITY or if it’s been too long since you’ve seen the film, join us on Wednesday, February 6 for the first installment of CineGeek.