Dark City

Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: Alex Proyas

REVIEWED: 03-09-98

It's always dark in Dark City. So dark that the working titles for this film were Dark Empire and Dark World, so we can be assured of darkness. There are villains who wear outfits left over from Hellraiser, with make-up borrowed from Nosferatu, as they roam the back lot vacated after the shooting of City of Lost Children. Interiors from The Crow are peopled with characters out of Naked City, and an evil doctor who seems to have borrowed everything he owns from Terry Gilliam's prop closet. The story, dark as it is, moves along at a decent clip, except towards the end when the main characters get in the Boat of Expository Dialogue in order to discover the secret of the Dark City, and just why it's so damn dark there. A decent level of entertainment, though completely devoid of the originality that would've given it punch, there are still a few visual delights in this derivative sci-fi thriller. And it's so dark. So very, very dark.

--DiGiovanna

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