With a dark mixture of the Gothic grandeur in Metropolis, the eerie make-up of Nosferatu, and the alternate realities of The Matrix, Dark City borrows from several sources to create a masterful horror fantasy world with its own unique set of laws and identity. A man with a stolen memory must escape from a group of beings stalking him in a world that they shape and control, while trying to remember his past and figure out how and why they have created this city shrouded in eternal darkness. Though elements of the production may feel borrowed, the plot itself is creative and original, acting as both a murder/mystery and Sci-Fi thriller with horrific themes of the loss of personal identity, mind-control, and distorted perceptions of reality. The cast selection fits the film very well, with Sewell, Connelly, and Friels capturing a nostalgic Film Noir. One of the most impressive aspects of the film is the incredible set design paired with excellent computer FX, giving the cold city an organic life as it shifts and molds to The Strangers sinister designs. This gives it a modern epic feel, while the sepia tones and color palette deliver a throwback to classic Sci-Fi ventures like The Twilight Zone. I am a huge fan of this film, and though it is a difficult one to convey adequately, I feel it comes very close to perfection in terms of what they were looking to achieve in its production. Highly recommended and often overlooked.
**Note: Rating and review based on the theatrical cut of the film.