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Few movies can manipulate reality and stretch what you think is right to the outer limits. Usually when I go to the movies, I don't think of it as going to an entirely different place. "Dark City," on the other hand, has changed the way I look at a movie.

Right from the beginning, director Alex Proyas makes you feel as if you are in a whole different world. The physical settings of the city are like none I had ever seen.

The beginning of the movie is a little hard to follow. It seems there are 100 different things going on, but they all come together to make perfect sense.

When we meet John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) we learn he has lost his memory, and his only hope is a very disturbed doctor. That doctor is Daniel Schreber (Kiefer Sutherland).

We learn that this city is controlled by a bunch of bald, tall and very ugly aliens. They need to learn our way of life in order to further their race.

Most of Murdoch's questions are answered, but there is one that he just can't figure out: How do you get out of the city? The journey he takes is entertaining and full of many surprising and tense moments.

Steve Soroka is a senior at East Aurora High School.

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