R | | Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A man struggles with memories of his past, which include a wife he cannot remember and a nightmarish world no one else ever seems to wake up from.
Alex Proyas left the Stranger's reasoning behind the city and the experiment as simply "They're looking for the human soul" in order to keep an air of mystery about them. "The film was more about the impact they had as a result of that experiment on human beings, so if it begged for more answers then I always thought that was a good thing." Proyas felt leaving the audience in the dark on a lot of the what and why of the Strangers made it a much richer film. He didn't want everything answered.
First there was darkness. Then came the strangers. They were a race as old as time itself. They had mastered the ultimate technology. The ability to alter physical reality by will alone. They called this ability "Tuning". But they were dying. Their ...
(at around 7 mins) The band playing in the beginning has an upright bass-player, but the sound is clearly that of an electric bass-guitar. The playing style is also not true to an upright. The sliding note might give this impression, but the other notes are simply to light-touched to be an upright.
The DVD release is slightly longer than the one on video, with more footage towards the end of the film. There are more scenes of the duel between Murdoch and Mr. Book (the scene with the lightening and huge spikes) as well as both of them ascending into the air to continue their battle. A few scenes later, when Emma gets on the bus, there is an additional shot of the bus driving away.
$5,576,953 1 March 1998