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What if you woke one morning to realize that every memory, every emotion, every fact you believed true about your life had been manufactured by someone else and placed in your mind? In this fascinating and provocative science fiction tale, John Murdoch--wanted for a series of brutal murders--realizes that everything he believes about himself is a lie. Murdoch's bittersweet childhood, his love for his estranged wife and the hideous series of murders are the creation of a group of shadowy creatures known only as "The Strangers." Alone, with his newfound awareness, Murdoch begins to fight back against "The Strangers" who manipulate minds for their own ends.
© 1998 New Line Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved &™.
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Critics Consensus: Stylishly gloomy, Dark City offers a polarizing whirl of arresting visuals and noirish action.
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Common Sense Says
Mind-stretching, futuristic sci-fi can get gory.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is brief female nudity in a subplot about a helpful prostitute/single mother, though no sex results. She gets murdered for her troubles in helping out the hero, and there are several bloodied corpses plus fantasy violence in which zombie-like beings are decapitated or smashed. The nightmare imagery, recalling ghosts, vampires, and zombies (but with a sci-fi explanation) can be unnerving to sensitive viewers. A "director's cut" DVD lacks the opening narration that explains much of the complicated setup; some viewers might find this non-narrated version confusing.
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- Release Date:February 27, 1998
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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