Trivia / Dark City

  • Acclaimed Flop: Roger Ebert heaped praise on it, giving the movie four stars. It has since been Vindicated by History and is held up as a classic.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Retroactively for Jennifer Connelly. She would do two more movies where she stands solemnly on the edge of a pier looking out to the ocean. The first one was a complete accident, and Connelly didn't tell Darren Aronofsky until afterwards. By the time the third film came around, her reaction was "how many times have I done this already?"
    • Director Allusion - the movie theatre advertises 'Book of Dreams', a previous film by Alex Proyas.
  • Dueling Movies: A four-way contest - between The Matrix, The Thirteenth Floor and eXistenZ.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Viewers Are Morons, so we have to explain the plot in an Opening Narration so they don't get confused and scared. Thankfully excised in the Directors Cut (or just mute the sound for the first few minutes.)
    • The movie was given an R rating by the MPAA mostly because it had a "weird" concept (there were a few shots of topless women, but their collective duration is very short).
  • Fake American: Rufus Sewell (British) and Melissa George (Australian) both do very good American accents.
  • Flip-Flop of God: There are two differing opinions between the director Alex Proyas and the co-writer David S Goyer. Proyas believes the humans are the inhabitants of an interstellar space ship that were abducted by the Strangers. Goyer on the other hand believes they're all actually dead and the city is a sort of purgatory for them.
  • Playing Against Type: Rufus Sewell would later find himself playing villains in a lot of American productions. Here he's the protagonist, although it's left in doubt early on as to whether or not John is a killer.
  • Prop Recycling: Several of the sets from this film were reused in The Matrix, most recognizably the corrugated rooftops seen during Trinity's run from the cops in the opening, and the staircase with the black-and-white tile floor from the SWAT raid and Morpheus' capture.
  • What Could Have Been: An early draft of the script would have had Dr Schreber getting skinned alive during the climax.
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