Movie: Dark City (1998)

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Title: Dark City (1998)

Tagline: A world where the night never ends.

Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction

Director: Alex Proyas

Cast: Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, Bruce Spence, Colin Friels, John Bluthal, Mitchell Butel, Melissa George, Frank Gallacher, Ritchie Singer, Justin Monjo, Nicholas Bell, Satya Gumbert, Noah Gumbert, Frederick Miragliotta, Jeanette Cronin

Release: 1998-02-27

Runtime: 100

Plot: A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.

 
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Just watched this last night, actually. Glad you made a thread.

The idea of imprinting people with memories that are not their own goes well with stolen history. But instead of swapping memory between individuals, we were given a memory of a past that is not our own.
 
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Just watched this last night, actually. Glad you made a thread.

The idea of imprinting people with memories that are not their own goes well with stolen history. But instead of swapping memory between individuals, we were given a memory of a past that is not our own.
I could see the themes of this movie applying in a couple different directions - - the first would be a story of gnosticism. The beings in the film represent the demiurge, powerful creatures that use their archonic powers to harvest souls for their own use. The protagonist has his moment of "gnosis" and manages to tap into the universal power that the beings can also harness. This leveling of the playing field between archons and humans is a powerful message, and extremely similar to The Matrix (which came out the year after Dark City).

The second direction could be a more "down to earth" representation of population manipulation - - mind control, MKultra, propaganda. If you can keep a population from knowing which way is up or down, then they will not question the nature of their reality. Those who are "awakened" (in this movie's case literally staying awake after the beings stop the clock) can see through the manipulation. Not to mention Keifer Sutherland's character being representative of the scientists that work on technology to help enslave their race, just like the many scientists in the past involved in the production of LSD, nukes, bioweapons, etc. These scientists may or may not know the ultimate application of their research (in Dark City's case, he clearly understands but seems to be forced under duress to carry out these plans), and science in the wrong hands can lead to unfortunate consequences.

Oh yeah, and flat earth! This film establishes that the "earth" this society lives in is a prison planet.

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The question for this community is this:

When it comes to things like stolen history, manufactured history, and cataclysms do we keep the finger pointed in the material world I.E. power players, secret societies, three letter agencies? Or is there something up a level higher that has us all duped?
 
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