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Sewell plays John Murdoch, an amnesiac man who finds himself suspected of murder. Murdoch attempts Dark City - Renegade 8 - Dark City discover his true identity and clear his name while on the run from the police and a mysterious group known only as the "Strangers".
The majority of the film was shot at Fox Studios Australia. New Line Cinema distributed the theatrical release. The film premiered in the United States on February 27, The film was nominated for Hugo and Saturn Awards. For the theatrical release, the studio was Dark City - Renegade 8 - Dark City that the audience would not understand the film and asked Proyas to add an explanatory voice-over narration to the introduction.
A director's cut was released inrestoring and preserving Proyas's original artistic vision for the film. Some critics have noted its similarities and influence on the Matrix serieswhich came out a year later.
John Murdoch awakens in a hotel bathtub, suffering from amnesia. He receives a phone call from Dr. Daniel Schreber, who urges him to flee the hotel to evade a group of men who are after him. In the room, Murdoch discovers the corpse of a ritualistically murdered woman along with a bloody knife.
He flees the scene, just Dark City - Renegade 8 - Dark City the group of pale men in trenchcoats later identified as "the Strangers" arrive. Following clues, Murdoch learns his own name and finds out he has a wife named Emma; he is also sought by Police Inspector Frank Bumstead as a suspect in a series of murders committed around the city, though he cannot remember killing anybody. Pursued by the Strangers, Murdoch discovers that he has psychokinesis —which the Strangers also possess, and refer to as "tuning": the ability to alter reality at will.
He manages to use these powers to escape from them. Murdoch explores the anachronistic city,  where nobody seems to realize it is always night.
At midnight, he watches as everyone except himself falls asleep as the Strangers physically rearrange the city as well as change people's identities and memories. Murdoch learns Die fernen Jahre - Werner Muth - Nachtaufnahme he came from a coastal town called Shell Beach: a town familiar to everyone, though nobody knows how to get there, and all of his attempts to do so are unsuccessful for varying reasons.
Meanwhile, the Strangers inject one of their men, Mr. Hand, with memories intended for Murdoch in an attempt to predict his movements and track him down. Murdoch is eventually caught by Inspector Bumstead, who acknowledges that Murdoch is most likely innocent, and Prison Song - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - CSNY 1974 (Blu-ray) then has his own misgivings about the nature of the city.
They confront Schreber, who explains that the Strangers are extraterrestrials who use corpses as their hosts. Having a hive mindthe Strangers are experimenting with humans to analyze their individuality in the hopes that some insight might be revealed that will help their race survive.
Schreber reveals that Murdoch is an anomaly who inadvertently awoke when Schreber was in the middle of imprinting his latest identity as a murderer. The three embark to find Shell Dark City - Renegade 8 - Dark City , but it exists only as a poster on a wall at the edge of the city. Frustrated, Murdoch and Bumstead break through the wall, revealing outer space.
The men are confronted by the Strangers, including Mr. Hand, who holds Emma hostage. In the ensuing fight, Bumstead and one of the Strangers fall through the hole into space, revealing the city as a deep space habitat surrounded by a force field. The Strangers bring Murdoch to their home beneath the city and force Schreber to imprint Murdoch with their collective memory, believing Murdoch to be the culmination of their experiments. Schreber betrays them by instead inserting false memories in Murdoch which artificially reestablish his childhood as years spent training Forward Together - Michael Reynolds / Jean Dalia - Untitled honing his tuning skills and learning about the Strangers and their machines.
Murdoch awakens, fully realizing his skills. He frees himself and battles with the Strangers, defeating their leader Mr. Book in a psychokinetic fight high above the city. After learning from Schreber that Emma has been re-imprinted and cannot be restored, Murdoch exercises his new-found powers, amplified by the Strangers' machine, to create an actual Shell Beach by flooding the area within the force field with water and forming mountains and beaches. On his way to Shell Beach, Murdoch encounters a dying Mr.
Hand and informs him that they have been searching in the wrong place—the mind—to understand humanity. Murdoch turns the habitat toward the star it had been turned away from, and the city experiences sunlight for the first time. Dark City - Renegade 8 - Dark City opens a door leading out of the city, and steps out to view the sunrise. Beyond him is a pier, where he finds the woman he knew as Emma, now with new memories and a new identity as Anna.
Murdoch reintroduces himself as they walk to Full Of Hope - Various - Hool-A-Hop 5 Years Beach, beginning their relationship anew. Proyas said, "I had Richard in mind physically when I wrote the character, because I had these strange, bald-looking men with an ethereal, androgynous quality. Kiefer Sutherland 's character Daniel P.
Alex Proyas . For Loughlin, the city dwellers are prisoners who do not realize they are in a prison. John Murdoch's escape from the prison parallels the escape from the cave in the allegory.
He is assisted by Dr. Schreber, who explains the city's mechanism as Socrates explains to Glaucon how the shadows in the cave are cast. Murdoch however becomes more than Glaucon; Loughlin writes, "He is a Glaucon who comes to realize that Socrates' tale of an upper, more real world, is itself a shadow, a forgery. Loughlin writes of the lack of background, "The origin of the city is off-stage, unknown and unknowable.
Unlike Plato, Murdoch "is disabused of any hope of an outside" and becomes the demiurge for the cave, the only environment he knows.
The city in Dark City is described by Higley as a "murky, nightmarish German expressionist film noir depiction of urban repression and mechanism". The city has a World War II dreariness reminiscent of Edward Hopper 's works and has details from different eras and architectures that are changed by the Strangers; "buildings collapse as others emerge and battle with one another at the end".
The round window in Dark City Global Emotive (Tangle Remix) - Jamie Knowles - Global Emotive concave like a fishbowl and is a frequently seen element throughout the city. The inhabitants Dark City - Renegade 8 - Dark City not live at the top of the city; the Dark City - Renegade 8 - Dark City characters' homes are dwarfed by the bricolage of buildings.
The film also contains motifs from Greek mythologyin which gods manipulate humans in a higher agenda. Proyas said, "I do like Greek mythology and have read a little of it, so maybe some of it has crept into the work, though I don't completely agree with that point of view. Proyas referenced film noir of the s and the s such as The Maltese Falcon as an influence for the film. Proyas co-wrote the screenplay with Lem Dobbs and David S. Writers Guild of America initially protested at crediting more than two screenwriters for a film, but it eventually relented and credited all three writers.
Proyas envisioned a robust narrative where the audience could examine the You Come Back To Switzerland - Vanilla Muffins - The Devil Is Swiss from the perspective of multiple characters and focus on the plot.
When Proyas finished his preceding film The Crow inhe approached production designer Patrick Tatopoulos to draw concepts for the world in which Dark City takes place. The movie takes place everywhere, and it takes place nowhere. It's a city built of pieces of cities. A corner from one place, another from some place else. So, you don't really know where you are. A piece will look like a street in London, but a portion of the architecture looks like New York, but the bottom of the architecture looks again like a European city.
You're there, but you don't know where you are. It's like every time you travel, you'll be lost. The production design included themes of darkness, spirals, and clocks. There appears to be no sun in the city's world, and spiral designs that shrink when approached Kom Uit De Bedstee Mn Liefste - Various - 100 Kleinkunst Klassiekers used in the film.
A major clock in the film shows no hours; Tatopoulos said, "But in a magical moment it becomes something more than just a clock. The Strangers are energy beings who reside in dead human bodies. When design first started, the filmmakers considered having the Strangers be bugs underneath but decided that the bug appearance was overused. Tatopoulos said Proyas wanted to make the Strangers energy beings, "Alex called me and said he wanted something like an energy that kept re-powering itself, Green Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones - MP3 Collection - Part1 itself, re-shaping itself, sitting inside a dry piece of human shape.
The lair set was built on a fairground in Sydney, Australia. The lair also had a rail conveyance that appeared expensive. Tatopoulos said, "We had, obviously, a car built, but we had just one built. We laid some rail for it to ride on. We made a section of corridor that we kept driving through all the time, and you end up believing this thing is running along forever. The music for the film was edited by Simon Leadley and Jim Harrison. The film's style is often compared to that of the works of Terry Gilliam especially Brazil.
The Matrix was released one year after Dark City and was also filmed at Fox Studios in Sydney using some of the same sets. Fritz Lang 's movie Metropolis was a major influence on the film, showing through the architecture, concepts of the baseness of humans within a metropolis, and general tone. One of the last scenes of the movie, in which buildings "restore" themselves, is similar to the last panel of the Akira manga.
Proyas called the end battle a "homage to Otomo 's Akira ". When Christopher Nolan first started thinking about writing the script for Inceptionhe was influenced by "that era of movies where you had The Matrixyou had Dark Cityyou had The Thirteenth Floor and, to a certain extent, you had Mementotoo.
They were based in the principles that the world around you might not be real". Warner Bros. Among mainstream critics in the U. Roger Ebert writing in the Chicago Sun-Times called it a "great visionary achievement," while also exclaiming that it was "a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like Metropolis and A Space Odyssey.
But on a positive front, he wrote, "what counts here is the show, the creation of a strange world by a filmmaker who clearly knows science fiction and fantasy, past and present, and wants to share his love for it.
This guy wears bad luck like the grimy trenchcoats of his protagonists, only his zipper's stuck and he can't seem to shake the damn thing off. Commenting on the directing, he thought "If you had to guess, you might say that Proyas came out of the world of comic art himself, rather than music videos and advertising. Dark City is constructed like panels in a Batman book, each picture striving for maximum dread. And this doesn't work out quite so well. Writing for TimeRichard Corliss said the film was "as cool Dark City - Renegade 8 - Dark City distant as the planet the Strangers come from.
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