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ALEX PROYAS, the acclaimed director of The Crow, brings his unique visual style to this futuristic thriller about a man who discovers that his memories, and reality as he knows it, are artificial creations.

A brilliant, complex film starring RUFUS SEWELL (Cold Comfort Farm), KIEFER SUTHERLAND (A Time To Kill), JENNIFER CONNELLY (Inventing the Abbotts), Richard O'Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and WILLIAM HURT (Michael), Dark City is a tale of mythic proportions about one man's battle to reclaim his destiny.

John Murdoch (Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can't remember whether he committed the murders or not. In fact, most of his memories have completely vanished, and for one brief moment, he is convinced that he has gone completely mad.

Pursued by Detective Bumstead (Hurt), Murdoch seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings collectively known as The Strangers. These shadow-like figures possess the ability to stop time and alter physical reality through a process known as Tuning -- by focusing their minds, they are able to change the environment. Through an evolutionary anomaly, Murdoch is also endowed with this power and thus, he alone is able to resist The Strangers' control over his mind.

And for that, he must be destroyed.

With the help of the inscrutable Doctor Schreber (Sutherland), Murdoch is able to stay a step ahead of his adversaries while he slowly pieces together the labyrinthine puzzle of his past -- his bittersweet childhood, his love for his estranged wife, Emma (Connelly), and the key to a hideous series of murders which he is suspected of committing.

Directed by Alex Proyas, Dark City is produced by Andrew Mason and Proyas and based on a story by Proyas. The screenplay is by Alex Proyas and Lem Dobbs (Kafka) and David S. Goyer (The Substitute). The film's production designers are leading Australian designer George Liddle and Patrick Tatopoulos (Independence Day). Other key production personnel include longtime Proyas collaborator costume designer Liz Keogh and two of Proyas' key collaborators on The Crow, director of photography Dariusz Wolski and editor Dov Hoenig.

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