In “The Maze Runner”, Thomas and his allies must free themselves from the clearing in which they are trapped by crossing a huge labyrinth which regularly changes configuration. The citizens of “Dark City” are also trapped, but in their case the city is the labyrinth and the citizens have no idea that they are prisoners.
That changes when a Thomas-like chosen one (Rufus Sewell) wakes up in a hotel tub with no memory of who he is and the murdered body of a woman in the room with him. The first part of “Dark City” unfolds like a film noir as the man, who soon discovers his name is John Murdoch, investigates his past, escapes police who believe he is a killer. series and flees the Strangers, a mysterious group of men pursuing him for unknown reasons.
Soon, Murdoch realizes that every night at midnight, outsiders change the layout of the city while implanting each of the citizens of the perpetually dark metropolis with brand new identities. As Murdoch follows the clues, the film becomes entirely science fiction, and the plot reveals the true nature of the predicament that Murdoch and his fellow citizens are stuck in.
Co-starring as Jennifer Connelly and Kiefer Sutherland and William Hurt, perhaps the biggest fan of “Dark City” was also the most famous movie critic of all time. Roger Ebert liked the movie so much, in fact, that he recorded an audio commentary (he’s only done 6 in his life, including for monumental films like “Citizen Kane” and “Casablanca”), breaking down with love the film’s sub-texts and sub-elements appreciated. Even if you are already a “Dark City” fan, the track will make you feel like your eyes have been opened to a brand new movie.