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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Comic Critic Reviews Dark City

Why haven’t people heard about Dark City? It came out a full year before The Matrix and dealt with a lot of the same altered state of reality questions. Hell, The Matrix even reused some of Dark City’s sets. Dark City was a huge inspiration to filmmakers and we can easily see its influence on subsequent movies. I’ll tell you why you have probably never seen this fantastic movie: Titanic. That’s right, Titanic. Dark City had the misfortune of coming out on the very same weekend as Titanic. And as we all know, Titanic dominated that opening weekend, went on to dominate for weeks, and then went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of all time. It should be noted that Dark City held its own with a strong opening and a very solid following weekend. But there was no escaping the dominating shadow of Titanic in the summer of 1998. Dark City went on to make okay profits both in the US and overseas. Still, by the end of the year, it ranked only 105th overall. That’s a crying shame because it’s a fantastically freaky movie. I can’t help getting passionate about pushing a movie that is so good and which so few have heard about, let alone watched. I got so riled up that I came within a hair’s breadth of rating it a ten. And nine is a pretty damn high rating. It’s high enough that you should move this to the top of your freaky-mind-bending-movie must-see list. I’m serious. Go add it right now; it doesn’t deserve to be forgotten a moment longer.


Unknown said...

I had just watched this movie yesterday! I once described Dark City as a movie u catch late at night on cable. The kind of movie you'll tell yourself you'll only watch 15 minutes of it and and hour later be glued to it. Cool review as always

Ken Huey said...

I had a funny experience with DARK CITY. I watched it on videotape one afternoon, and thought it was kinda silly and dumb. Later, my wife was interested, so I watched it again with her, and started noticing that it was actually kinda neat. So I watched it again before returning it, and was blown away.

You might say it's like one of Jack Kirby's comics: the first thing you notice might be its weaknesses, but on closer study, you realize that the work is surprisingly sophisticated and powerful.