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Dark City

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With all the franchises, spin-offs and films based on other mediums these days, it seems rare to find original sci-fi films. That inspired us to do a series of original sci-fi films, and we’re starting with one of our favorites. In 1998, Alex Proyas created a fantastic and wholly unique science fiction film, Dark City, that unfortunately bombed at the box office but has since proven to be a cult hit in the after markets. This film, a neo-noir sci-fi with a very mysterious twist, follows a man with amnesia as he tries to uncover who he is, why nothing seems to make sense, and why he woke up at the scene of a murder. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — this week on The Next Reel as we begin our Original Sci-Fi series with Proyas’ Dark City. We talk about the nature of the world, a place of puppets and puppetmasters, and what happens when a puppet realizes the world it’s in. We discuss the great cast — Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, and Keifer Sutherland in particular — and what they bring to the table. We chat about the stunning production design and effects, as well as the shadowy noir cinematography style. And we cover the script and how it seemed to come out at a time when many stories with this similar theme were being released, like The Matrix and The Thirteenth Floor. It’s a great sci-fi and we have a great time talking about it. Tune in!

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