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Dark City (1998)



Critic Consensus: Stylishly gloomy, Dark City offers a polarizing whirl of arresting visuals and noirish action.

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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.

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Rufus Sewell
as John Murdoch
Kiefer Sutherland
as Dr. Daniel Schreber
Jennifer Connelly
as Emma Murdoch
William Hurt
as Frank Bumstead
Colin Friels
as Walenski
Mitchell Butel
as Husselbeck
Frank Gallacher
as Stromboli
Bruce Spence
as Mr. Wall
John Bluthal
as Karl Harris
Nicholas Bell
as Mr. Rain
Satya Gumbert
as Mr. Sleep
Ritchie Singer
as Hotel Manager/Vendor
Justin Monjo
as Taxi Driver
Noah Gumbert
as Mr. Sleep Filming Double
Timothy Jones
as Stranger
Paul Livingston
as Assistant Stranger
Michael Lake
as Assistant Stranger
David Wenham
as Schreber's Assistant
Alan Cinis
as Automat Cop
Bill Highfield
as Automat Cop
Terry Bader
as Mr. Goodwin
Rosemary Traynor
as Mrs. Goodwin
Edward Grant II
as Hotel Manager
Maureen O'Shaughnessy
as Kate Walenski
Deobie Oparei
as Train Passenger
Marcus Johnson
as Station Master
Doug Scroope
as Desk Sergeant
Tyson McCarthy
as Murdoch (age 10)
Luke Styles
as Murdoch (as a teenager)
Anthony Kierann
as Murdoch's Father
Laura Keneally
as Murdoch's Mother
Natalie Bollard
as Naked Woman
Eliot Paton
as Matthew Goodwin
Peter Callan
as Taxi Driver
Mark Hedges
as Emma's Lover
Darren Gilshenan
as Fingerprint Cop
Ray Rizzo
as Policeman
Bill Rutherford
as Police Officer
Marin Mimica
as Hotel Lobby Cop
Tony Mosley
as Four Piece Band Member
Glenford O. Richards
as Four Pice Band Member
Stanley Steer
as Four Piece Member
Greg Tell
as Four Piece Member
William Upjohn
as Forensics Cop
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Critic Reviews for Dark City

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (24)

Dark City is fascinating, visionary filmmaking that captures the sensation of dreaming and being unable to wake up.

January 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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A mishmash of iconography lifted from better movies.

April 28, 2008

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.

April 28, 2008

City ultimately plays like one of those art-deco dystopian CD-ROM adventures of recent years.

April 28, 2008 | Rating: C+

[A] stylish hybrid of futuristic thriller and film noir.

April 28, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

April 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark City


In typical noir fashion we follow our lead character as he searches high and low to discover clues to his own identity, a recent victim of amnesia. He's having a few problems finding out though because he's being chased by a woman who says she's his loving wife, a detective who maintains he's some kind of serious serial murderer, and a curious group in long black coats who simply want to kill him. Along the way we get treated to only the best alien invasion film, like, ever. What's it take to get a little respect in this town anyways? Great performances along the way by all concerned. Sutherland's Peter Lorre impersonation and Connelly's vampy smoulder stand out particularly.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The gloomily arresting visuals coupled with a kinetic pace is well founded, but the unique style cannot smooth over the bumpy plot.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

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