I’ve recently dived into doing ”best of’ lists, so as I’ve explained, I’ve decided to do my top 20 SF films. This is my personal list, so feel free to disagree with it and of course, you’ll be horribly wrong.
Previously at # 20, The Matrix, 19, Seconds, 18, A Boy and His Dog, 17, Sunshine, 16, Dark Star, 15, Rollerball, 14 Altered States, 13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind ,12, Forbidden Planet, 11, The Star Wars Trilogy and 10. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
At nine it’s another cult classic, it’s Dark City.
This is the film that The Matrix is said to have ‘borrowed’ from, and it certainly does seem like there;s a bit of pilfering that went on. However I think Dark City is a far, far better film and I like both, but there’s a lovely element of subtlety in Dark City that writer/director Alex Proyas puts in his film that’s missing from The Matrix.
There’s lots of great little bits in this film but I’m not going to explain the plot as frankly I might give away a twist, and that wouldn’t be fair. This really is a film to come into without knowing what’s going to happen, engage your brain and enjoy one of the most highly original SF films of the last 20 years.
Next time, let’s go time travelling