New Line Cinema (1998)
This trippy sci-fi noir film is a quarter century old today. I went to see Dark City at the Church Hill Cinema in March 1998 when I was 17 years old and it was unlike anything that I'd ever seen before. I didn't fully understand it the first time I saw it, but my eyes were glued to the screen from start to finish and I grew to appreciate it more when it was released on home video.
|The Times Leader - Wilkes-Barre, PA (March 1, 1998)|
I'm not sure how to describe Dark City without spoiling part of the story. Most of the reviews that were written at the time had the same problem. Hell, even this newspaper ad gives away more of the plot than I think it should. It's the kind of movie you really should see for yourself, with as little advance knowledge as possible.
If you're a university student or you have a public library card, you can stream it for free on Kanopy. Otherwise, you can pay to stream it on a variety of platforms, including YouTube and Amazon. It's not the kind of movie that I'd recommend to everybody, but if you like science fiction and mystery flicks that are heavy on atmosphere, give it a shot.