Reviewed Jul 02, 2012
Jake Musselman’s review:
Dark City was one of the first movie I ever loved. I had first seen it when I was no older than 10, my parents rented it from whatever service we used at the time and my eyes were glued to the screen. I had considered nothing of it for several years afterwards until around the age of 13 when it was put on at some kids birthday by his father. Instantly I remembered everything about it and was ecstatic to watch it again, but half an hour in no one else felt the same way. The other kids were bored and by the time Melissa George took her top off, the dad looked mortified for showing it to us. So it was turned off and we went to bed. This time however, the movie stuck with me for life.
Moving past my reminiscing, Dark City has since become of my favorite all time movies. Alex Proyas created a fantastic world within his movie, oozing with atmosphere and offering a perfectly fitting location for his antagonists. Leading man Rufus Sewell portrays the mysterious and lost protagonist John Murdoch perfectly, and has since become one of the most memorable movie characters in my mind. The supporting cast does a great job as well, with Richard O'Brien and Kiefer Sutherland giving standout performances.
I usually like to talk about gripes with any movie, but this could quite possibly be the one movie that I have none. There is nothing about this film that sticks out as a flaw to me. It's superbly paced, incredibly original, is a visual spectacle, and has an incredibly bittersweet closure that doesn't leave behind any loose ends. I can watch it at however many times and any point in time and still get chills. Dark City will forever be one of my favorite movies.