"A world where the night never ends. Where man has no past. And humanity has no future."
|Looks fun, right?|
|This is what we got instead.|
Dark City had a really unfortunate release date, and is not the first movie to grace my blog that suffered a similar fate. Dark City opened into a packed field in February that included Titanic, still soundly dominating theaters despite being in its eleventh weekend of showings. That's right, Dark City never had a prayer in the world, because it was squared off against this bloated James Cameron/Celine Dion crapfest. At the time of Dark City's release, Titanic had already grossed in the ballpark of 200 million dollars. When the smoke cleared, it would have grossed over a billion dollars(after the 2012 reissue it grossed over 2 billion dollars). Just in its 11th weekend Titanic grossed more than Dark City would altogether domestically. Bad luck indeed.
#2 Sometimes, What's on the Outside DOES Matter
Dark City's female lead is Jennifer Connelly. This makes sense because she's a talented actress, and she is also I'm not shy about saying, smokin' hot as far as I'm concerned. Her opposite, the gentleman playing John Murdoch, is Rufus Sewell (ew) Who you are probably not familiar with by name. You may remember him as the bad guy asshole with the lazy eye from a Knight's Tale. While he may have many redeeming qualities as a person and actor, he is not an attractive man. In any way. At all. Consider for a moment the comparison I made to the Matrix earlier. Keanu Reeves is not the most buff, attractive man in Hollywood, but compare for a moment:
That's not the most thoughtful bit of introspection I've ever done, but it's very true. In the Matrix, there are robots, and they blow up buildings, helicopters, annihilate an entire lobby full of guys with machine guns, and kung fu fight in the subway. There is not a whole lot of that going on in Dark City. There IS action sure, but this movie is generally pretty slow paced, moody and dark, rather than full of martial arts and machine guns. It seems one has mass appeal and the other does not as much.
With those things being said, I still feel like Dark City deserves your time. It is an interesting movie that puts forth and interesting idea, that the world is not what it seems (another idea The Matrix would deftly pilfer). If you enjoy science fiction films that go all in on a high concept, then you will probably enjoy this movie. Also if you enjoy Jennifer Connelly, well then look no further.
|And I so do.|
P.S. If you do decide to watch this film, make sure to pick up the rereleased director's cut they put out in 2008. It's just a better cut of the movie. -J