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Fresh: 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.
- Andrea C. Basora, Newsweek, Monday, April 28, 2008
Fresh: Was "The Matrix" before "The Matrix" was ever in the pop culture lexicon...
- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Fresh: Dark City has as stunning a visual texture as that of any movie that I've seen.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Saturday, January 1, 2000
A bit hack thematically, very digital, absolutely breakneck pacing visually and plotwise, dreamy illogical... kinda cool hyper-pastiche. Dick Tracy + the Matrix
- fb1019018362, Monday, December 3, 2012
Director Alex Proyas already proved with The Crow that he knows how to film gloomy cities. His approach here is even more fantastic, combining elements of the film noir and science fiction to tell the story of an amnesiac in his lone struggle to find the truth while fighting off a mysterious cult of floating men. The result is wonderfully odd, very entertaining and unpredictable, with lots of references to similar themes from literature and film. In the end, despite of a few confusing scenes and a couple of wasted opportunities or characters, a very satisfying film.
- ironclad1609, Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Released around the same time as the more action-savvy "Matrix", "Dark City" explores the similar fundamental properties of what can be defined as the soul. Superbly acted and directed, it blends well-executed aspects of Film Noir, with the premises of scientific experimentation, mental evolution and the expansion of consciousness. The concept of personal memories and experiences as an ability that is often taken for granted, and the torture of an existence of collective memory are thoroughly explored. Though the effects can sometimes come across as a bit dated, the film is a testament to human dexterity as well as a sci-fi adventure not easily forgotten.
- tolkienfan101, Monday, March 19, 2012