I am typically not one to like or dislike a movie just because critics say so. If I'm excited to see a movie I give it a chance before I condemn it. Dark City is one of those movies that if I had listened to the naysayers and its meager Box Office results, I would have missed out on one of the best movies to hit cinema. With that being said, I believe it's time to return to Dark City, in the form of a reboot or a sequel. Either would work in my opinion.
*POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT*
Dark City tells the story of John Murdoch played by Rufus Sewell, Who finds himself in a filthy and strange hotel with no memory of what has happened to him. The plot immediately thickens when he finds he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. Throughout this film Murdoch begins to notice very strange things. He begins to think just maybe he has gone mad and that he could quite possibly be the killer.
Dark City revolves around Murdoch trying to uncover his identity, when he stumbles upon a dark group of people know as "The Strangers." Armed with the ability to seemingly put people to sleep with the wave of a hand, Murdoch realized there is something more going on in this world he has awaken to.
So Why, you might ask. Why should we return to the world of Dark City?
Dark City had a movie budget in 1998 of around 27 Million, which by today's standards, really doesn't do a whole lot. Even with the script co-writen by David Goyer and an all-star cast with the likes of Kiefer Sutherland and Jennifer Connelly. The movie was still unable to do well in the box office. But in 1998 word of mouth via internet wasn't as prevalent as it is today. Dark City was still able to pull off 27.2 million world wide, which isn't bad for a low budget film. Based on movie standards today, breaking even usually results in sequels. And trust me, there are some sequels out there that definitely shouldn't continue to get made and do.
If this movie were to be remade today, with a typical movie budget of 100 million plus, I can't even fathom what they could do with this. It's all there, a story line filled with drama, mystery and plot twists. Culminated with an ending that will leave you speechless! Dark City is by far one of the most underrated movies out there. And if you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.