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Old 07-01-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Default A movie with lots of great metaphors: Dark City

A lot has been written about "Monsters, Inc.", "A Bugs Life", the Matrix movies, "The Truman Show" and "They Live" but I think there is a movie has been forgotten about: "Dark City".

Briefly, the inhabitants of Dark City live in a city that is perpetually dark (hence the name). It is always night. It is controlled by alien puppet-masters behind the scenes who are said to be "as old as time". They look like cadavers. They are chalky white and wear long robes. They are a dying race.

It is always close to midnight or midnight. At midnight all the humans go comatose. Even before then they are barely awake. When they wake up they might find themselves in a very different situation then when they went asleep. The clocks are set back 15 minutes. For example, you where eating dinner with a friend at midnight then both of you go asleep. When you wake up it is 11:45pm and you find yourself on the other side of town, alone in a park. They are disoriented but they have no memory of what they were like before midnight. And so it repeats over and over.

The hero, played by Rufus Sewell, starts to suss that something is wrong. When he wakes up after midnight he senses that something is wrong. Soon afterwards, for some reason he DOESN'T go to sleep at midnight. He then sees what happens at midnight: the city, including its inhabitants, is re-arranged by the aliens. When they are done they restart up "time" and it is now 11:45 pm.

When the alien controllers figure out that he somehow stays awake they go after him. As he runs away from them he starts to discover that he has the power to directly alter reality himself through his mind. Eventually, he realizes HE is more powerful than them. In the ending sequences of the movie he is in a battle with the aliens to see who can alter the reality more for their benefit. When he finally comes into his full power (a la Neo in the 3rd Matrix movie), he defeats them. Suddenly, the Dark City is full of light. It is day time. Everyone is awake.

Below is a link for the trailer for the movie. The whole movie is available on Youtube.


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Old 07-01-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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Spookily enough it`s on tonight on Sky 317 TCM in hd at 10:55pm(tonight being 7th Jan)

Guess I`d better watch it,

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Old 07-01-2013, 08:53 PM   #3
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Spookily enough it`s on tonight on Sky 317 TCM in hd at 10:55pm(tonight being 7th Jan)

Guess I`d better watch it,

cheers Blackjack77
Not a bad idea. I am watching it online. There are so many more metaphors than I mentioned in my post.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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Here are a few of the metaphors I found in the movie:
  1. The aliens are satanic. They are all dressed in black. They engage in bizarre rituals. Their agenda for humanity appears to be totally malevolent.

  2. The people are living virtual reality lives. Their memories are implanted into them ("memory imprints"). This also smacks of mind control.

  3. The people are in effect living in a laboratory. The aliens are constantly testing the people so they can both better control them and figure out what it means to be a human. I have heard that the repetillians are trying to figure out how to directly incarnate into human bodies, as opposed to merely possessing them. I believe this is constant experimentation is about that.

  4. They have a human scientist working with them. Of course, in our case it is many.

  5. The ability to directly manipulate reality with their minds. The aliens call this "tuning". They have it but humans can potentially have it far stronger. That is why they are trying to develop it in humans. This is also why they keep them weak by keeping thhem confused. This seems to be a big reason for their experiments. If they develop this in humans their power would be greater. In fact, a 2nd person who can also "tune" is so haunted by the aliens that he commits suicide by stepping in front of a train.

    In fact, it is the ability of only one human being to "tune" on his own that brings the aliens downfall. This, I believe, is symbolic of the far greater ability of humanity if it is unleashed.

  6. The stealing and swapping of memories. Memories are passed around as a result of their experiments. This way no one knows who they are. Confused humanity. This is done also to keep humanity weak.

  7. The people are also kept confused by gas lighting. Gas lighting is where you change around someone external world in such a way as to confuse them. The term comes from the 1944 movie "Gaslight" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslight_(1944_film)) . The basic idea is that they try to confuse you by secretly changing external reality or by denying external reality.

    For example, at midnight you are talking with a friend in your home but apparently one second later you are alone in a park. Gas lighting is where you deny external reality. For example, a TSA agent denying that he just strip searhed you when he did.

    The whole idea of gas lighting is that you can't trust your senses or your own thinking. Reality is totally dictated form the outside. This is the HEART of the conspiracy- the total control of your perception.

  8. The people are searching for a way to go to their real home but they don't know how because they are kept in a state of confusion. They keep on referring to a place called Shell Beach. This seems to be everyones' home and yet no one knows how to get there or where it is. No one has more than a vague memory of it. It is listed on the maps of the trains and yet the trains never reach there.

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Old 08-01-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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Here is the link to the full movie:


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Old 08-01-2013, 08:01 PM   #6
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I remember this film and liked it so much that I bought it on VHS.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:06 PM   #7
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Here is the link to the full movie:

Dark City - 1998 - YouTube
I'm going to play this on the PS3 when I get home.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:50 PM   #8
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One of my favorites...
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:18 AM   #9
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As I watched more of the movie I realized it has even more metaphors. Here are some of them. Please feel free to add your own.
  1. The aliens have a hive mind but at some level they want to be more like humans. They envy them because they are individuals, have their own memories. The aliens, on the other hand, have a hive mind. They have no individual memories. This is why they imprint memories in humans, to bring them to the aliens level.

  2. People have, at best, vague memories of their past. Even what they have are probably false. They are caught in a recurring cycle of enslavement because they have no past so they have no future a la 1984. Both are controlled by the aliens.

  3. They steal our ememories because they want to be like us. At some deep level they know that there is something deeply wrong with their civilization. Their world could very well be dying (in deep decay) BECAUSE they have a hive mind.

  4. The aliens use dead humans as vessals. In our world they use living human beings although they might use the dead too.

  5. One of the reasons that people are enslaved is because they quickly accept the new reality. They go to sleep at midnight and then wake up on the other side of town they never stop to wonder why. They just keep on going as if nothing odd had happened. Because of this they stay in the dark and confused.

  6. Whenever the hero asks a profound question ( “When is the last time you saw day light?”, “Can you come up with a single memory?”) or points out an inconsistency (“The night never ends here.”) the other person, after not being able to answer it after a few seconds thought, gets annoyed and brushes off the question. Or he says that the protagonist is crazy. I am sure we can all relate. This also keeps them stuck.

  7. The more the protagonist wakes up the more that other people think he is crazy or get upset by him. Also, the more he awakens the more he confused he gets until the end when he figures it all out. Then he has total clarity. But the actual process of awakening is confusing to him.

  8. The protagonist is being demonized. Supposedly he commited a murder or series of murders but this is a frame up. It is the way of salins demonizing those who have woken up so that soicty as a whole won’t accept their ideas. It also gives the aliens, through their puppet humans, an excuse to kill the protagonist without it looking like they are doing it for his ideas.

  9. The aliens have the ability to put anyone to sleep, to control them at will whenever it suits their purposes except for awakened people. This is like Agent Smith being able to co-opt anyone he wants in the Matrix movies. Anyone who is not awake is easily mind controlled. Because of this they can casually kill at will.

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Old 09-01-2013, 02:37 AM   #10
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[*]They have a human scientist working with them. Of course, in our case it is many.
YA! Und judging from ze trailer, no doubt our "human szcientist" iz the the rather German looking Mr. Sutherland...hmmmmm?
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:13 AM   #11
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Talking of The Matrix, some of the scenes where shot on the same sets as Dark City and the props team had some of the same crew. I would put it slightly ahead of Matrix although that did have a slightly better plot. Melissa George half naked wins out every time.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:26 PM   #12
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Talking of The Matrix, some of the scenes where shot on the same sets as Dark City and the props team had some of the same crew.
Interesting. Here are some more insights from the movie:
  1. The people have no idea they are being controlled by the aliens. They don’t know that they exist. They unknowingly do their bidding because they don't realize what is going on.

  2. People know that there is an ocean (“Shell Beach”) but they have never seen it. Is this symbolic of the ocean of infinite consciousness?

  3. Liberation comes form peopee seeking the truth (going to Shell Beach) not simply accepting the staus quo.

  4. They were brought here from a different planet (many legends talk about this for us such as the Zulus).

  5. They mix and match our memories as they see fit. They are doing this to figure out what makes us unique, something they crave to be. They changes our roles in society to see how we will react. The imprint new personalities, new life histories to see what will happen (multiple personalities?). Then they observe the result. Are you more than your programming? For the awake the answer is yes, for the rest it is no.

  6. The protagonist has had many lives (reincarnation- discussed at length in “The Lion Sleeps No More”), he just happened to wake up during this one.

  7. We are studied, and they seek to control us because we have souls (infinite consciousness) and could be far more powerful than them and so we are a potential threat. They envy us because we are individuals and they are cyborgs (archons). If they can’t be like us they want to bring us down to their level.

  8. They envy us beuase we have individuality while they have merely collective memories (hive mind). They envy us because we have a soul (individuality) while they don’t. The Gnostic texts talked about how Archone envied humans because they were creative, had individuality.

  9. They are dying because they lack indivuality. They think that if they can become more like humans they can save themselves. The hive mind leads ultimately to extinction because it is incapable of deeper , spiritual growth. A cyborg society has to be a very lifeless society; a dull, non growing one.

  10. Those that are awake resist being imprinted. They develop the ability to access higher levels of consciousness and thus can’t be mind controlled. Because of this, they are a threat to the system and have to be destroyed before they bring down the whole system. Very similiar as to what is happening today.

  11. The aliens live deep underground (just like some of ours do), they have machines that allow them to focus their telepathic energies. This allows them to create our physical reality. This sounds a lot like the Saturn- Moon matrix transmissions. This gives them almost total control of our reality. This is why it is always dark. They can't stand light. Is this why Saturn, which apparently was our original sun, now appears dark to us?

  12. The aliens can’t stand the light which is why they live underground. This is a theme that David has talked about many times. This is why Greys wear space suits as talked about by Credo Mutwa.

  13. They have no creativity a la the Archons. They need the human scientist to actually mix and match the memories so they can do their experiments.

  14. They, naturally, see the human scientist as inferior and treat him like crap. It is a total con. They need humans tio understand humans so they can ultimately totally control humns. They need humans, humans don’t need them.

  15. Could thier imprinting/ changing of memories be about the way that the repetillians manipulate our DNA? Change our energetic fields througgh Electromagenetci radition, etc.?
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A few more insights.
  1. The past is an illusion. A mental projection, a memory. We create it with our minds. There is only the Eternal now.

  2. We don’t remember from where we came or what we once were. That is why we are stuck. Straight out of “Remember Who You Are”.

  3. Even the human scientist, for all his insider knowledge, believes that here is nothing beyond the matrix. That is how they keep him enslaved. By believeing that you are kept enslaved. No doubt the elites blieve this too. This is why they are enslaved.

  4. When the protagonist refuses to believe that there is nothing beyond the matrix he then literally breaks down the walls of the Matrix. You have to believe there is something beyond the Matrix to get beyond the Matrix. The left bained scientist tries to stop him but he fails. It is then that he sees the ocean even though it is still nightfall as he hasn’t totally escapoed the Matrix yet.

  5. Seeing the ocean is too much for the left brained scientist. He, like most of the masses, feels he can’t handle the truth. He tries to kills himself by throwing himeself into it. His reality was too disrupted. The aliens prevent him form doing so because, for all their bravada (mind games) they need him. He wasn’t ready for a whole new world. Just like Inspector Javret killing himeself in Les Miserable when he realized he was wrong all along about the man he was hunting, Jean Valjean.

  6. Those who seeks to control inevitably becomse the monsters, the demons that they supposedly were fighting. You become what you fight. You become what you control. “I have become the monster you were intended you to be” the aliens tracking down Murdock (the protagonist) says to him. In the very act of enslaving others you enslave yourself. The elite want to think they are fighting/ controlling the monsters (i.e., us, the non elite). What they fail to realize is that in tha act of doing this they BECOME the ver y monsters that they are fighting.

  7. Humans naturally form bonds, the aliens don’t. Even though the protagonist knows that the woman who is supposedly is his wife isn’t because it was just a memory implant, he can’t help but care for her.

  8. The aliens need humans because they need their souls, their cosnsciousness. They need souls for their species to keep on surviving. That is why they simply can’t kill us all off. They need us and any claims of them not needing us or of us being inferior are mind games.

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Even more insights/ metaphors...
  1. The aliens need the awakened ones. Only they can give them the souls/ awareness or so they think. They want to make those that have awakened one of them so they can have their power.

  2. We are capable of great heights if only we take control of our reality. As one of the characters says to the protagonist, John Murdock, when he is a boy: “You will rise to greater heights than that. One day when you are older you will understand.”

  3. The scientist secretly works to help John. The scientist inserts his insider knowledge in the imprints that he gives to John so he can beat the aliens. Even he has not lost hios humanity. Although the aliens are supposedly superior it is their very arrogance that allows them to be tricked and conquered. In spite of everything they couldn’t totally take away his humanity. Think Cathy O'Brien.

  4. Great quote: “Find the strength within yourself and then you will prevail.” Something we need to remember.

  5. The aliens need technology to succeed but the humans, having consciousness, can do it without machines.

    The aliens concentrate their thoughts on a machine/ a symbol. They then use this machine to strengthen and transmit out their collective/ hive thoughts so they can create/ control our physical reality.

    Is this being done in OUR reality from the center of Saturn?


    John, on the other hand, doesn’t need technology to change his reality because he has a souls/ consciousness. He can do it all by himself. Just one against the many with all of their technology. Great quote: “You can beat them by using their technology against them. To do this you must concentrate.”

  6. “The world can be what you make it.”

  7. “You have the power to make anything happen but you must act now.” Describes our situation. We must act before they accomplish total enslavement.

  8. Once the aliens have what they want they want to “shut down the experiment”- i.e., destroy humanity. No doubt the ultimate plan for the repetillians/ archons.

  9. Once John (the protagonist) fully understands the insider knowledge from the human scientist the protagonist is all powerful and the aliens can't stop him. This is PRECISELY why we are kept in ignorance. This is one of the reasons that David’s work is so important.

  10. The more the aliens fight John the more powerful he becomes. I suspect that this is happening right now. The more they suppress us the more that we awaken.

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Old 10-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #15
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(Not mine) http://futurefossil.blogspot.com/201...projector.html

The Strangers are the Archons.

Emma is Sophia.

If we see only the Empire, then we do not see the Truth around which the Lie revolves.
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Just watched it, excellent movie and definitely one of the most bizarre movies I've ever seen. The plot certainly seems to have a lot in common with the Alien Grey agenda.

AstroGnostic: Dark City, or Crucified by Time
http://secretsun.blogspot.com/2011/0...cified-by.html

Dark City: The Reality Projector, Individuation and the Aion
http://futurefossil.blogspot.com/201...projector.html

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[*]They have no creativity a la the Archons. They need the human scientist to actually mix and match the memories so they can do their experiments.
Yup - that's it - our controllers have ZERO creative power - we drive this illusion BUT they control our minds to make the world the shite hole it is.
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Here is the last set of metaphors that I got from the movie
  1. The aliens get into a “mind war” with the human protagonist where they see who can change reality quicker to suit their own ends and the human wins. We have the power if only we take it. Physical reality is totally plastic once you understand how it works and you are in control of your mind. This is no doubt one of the reasons our elites are so obsessed with mind control. If they don’t control our minds we can use them to overthrow them.

  2. By focusing his mind and will power John ultimately wins. A lesson for us all.

  3. When John kills the head alien a demonic entity flees his dead boby. It is smokeless fire entity (where have I heard that before?) with sharp theeth. The aliens are possessed.

  4. John Mudock, like Neo in the first Matrix movie, is no longer bound by the rules of matrix by the end of the movie. This happens when he comes into his true power. His power increases as his knowledge increases and his confidence increases. He has no trouble flying a la Neo.

  5. Once he has the power he uses it to create a paradise, unlike the aliens who used it to create a hell. This is totally indicative of his mind set versus those of the aliens. Suddenly the sun comes out and people see daylight for the first time ever. It overwhelms them but they quickly get used to it. We can quickly get used to the good. The elites use their money and power to turn this world into a hell when it could be a heaven beyond imagination.

  6. We can make the world anything we want to be just so long as we concentrate hard enough.

  7. When the control system is brought down and there is suddenly light everywhere. The people are confused. They are, to use David’s analogy, like Sleeping Beauty waking up to a new world.

  8. Once the control system is brought down he can go to Shell Beach, his true home. Suddenly anyone can go there too.

  9. Humans are willing to take the chances on making changes that will improve their lot. The aliens aren’t. They don’t want to grow spiritually. That is with one exception. There is one alien who survives the destroying their control system. Not so coincidentally, he is the one who volunteered to have the protagonists memories implanted in him.

  10. What makes us human is not found in the head (where they did their memory implants) but in th heart. This is what John Murdock points out to the 1 surviving alien. This never occurred to them as they have no heart. This is why they failed. They were looking in the wrong place.

  11. At the end of the movie, the protagonist reconnect with his non wife because he has bonded with her even though he knows the memories of their relationship are fake. It is our nature to love. The alien seems to have no capacity to love. THAT is sad.

  12. In the movie the aliens are shocked by the human protagonists mental powers ("it would take lifetimes to develop that ability"). I think they, and we, don't realize how powerful we are. In the movie it only took 1 man to bring down their house of cards. This is why the MUST mercilessly stifle us if they are to keep control. Exactly what David has been talking about for year.

    David wrote about the vast numbers of mental patients who had really simply unleashed their kundalini and where locked up as crazy. This is a great waste of potential as these people where trying to move on to the next level of evolution. But, of course, this was all planned by the elites or more specifically, their masters. They KNEW that these people weren't crazy. They were trying to stifle the future TRUE evolution of humanity and get rid of good examples. Once again they are trying to impose a false version through transhumanism. No doubt they are targeting the "indigo children" with all their vaccines, GMOs, "education", etc. too.

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I came up with one more metaphor.

The reason that John is ultimately successful is because he refuses to allow his non wife to be killed. Even though he knows that the story of them being a couple is memory implants he can't help but bonding with her. This natural desire, his supposed greatest weakest according to the heartless aliens, becomes his greatest strength. It is this bonding that causes him to submit to the aliens memory implants which gives him the knowledge he needs to defeat them.

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