Dark City

Year: 1998

Synopsis: An amnesiac wakes up and learns he might be a murderer. He quickly learns the world is but shadows in an ever changing loop.

Pros:
• A powerful contemplation of what it means to be human.
• Rufus Sewel drove the film as the powerful yet almost blank hero, as he was well supported by Connelly and Hurt.
• Kiefer Sutherland was fascinating as the chained mad scientist that knew too much.
• The Strangers were downright haunting in their desperation to survive.
• The dark, impressionistic visuals perhaps outdid Fritz Lang himself.
• The climactic fight scene was fueled by a glorious mix of impressionism and human rage.
• The Allegory of the Cave was brought to extremes Plato could never have imagined.

Cons:
• The theatrical cut not only took away interesting elements, but also took away from the better depicted mystery of the director’s cut.
• The plot of a shifting reality might have been difficult for some to wrap their heads around.
• The ending of what might just be artificial hope might have been hard for some to swallow.

Discussion:
Perhaps the Strangers really were on to something. Humans might have had a kind of adaptive resilience that the Strangers foolishly shed long ago. Unfortunately for the Strangers, humans have penchants for violence, especially trapped in some kind of cage. All the humans seemed to sense their maze-like cage subconsciously, while developing a conscious awareness led to frustration, desperation, and rage. This was the Allegory of the Cave taken to the most ponderous of heights. John Murdock, or whoever he was, learned the truth, or most of it, at great cost. Yet, he chose to be the new master of the shadows. Perhaps that is the true terror of learning the truth of a false existence: the limits of what you can do with that knowledge.


Rotten Tomatoes — 76%

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