The City & the City

The City & the City

DVD - 2019
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In this extraordinary story, which will bend the mind as well as the senses, Inspector Borluof the Extreme Crime Squad investigates the murder of a student whose body is found on the rundown streets of Besźel. Cases like this are run of the mill for Borlu until he discovers evidence that the victim had been visiting Besźel's prosperous neighboring city, Ul Qoma. This shouldn't be possible as citizens of each city are forbidden from seeing or interacting with each other.
Published: [United States] :, itv Studios Global Entertainment,, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD F CIT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 236 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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JCLBetM Sep 28, 2019

The intriguing premise mostly plays out well, and definitely offers good fodder for discussion even if it isn't your favorite film. A bit sluggish at times but with enough mystery to keep me going and several characters whom I cared about. Now I want to read the book to see if it explains the history of the bizarre two cities more clearly.

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lindy919
Sep 19, 2019

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The detective story, acting and production are all very good but the completely ridiculous premise, on which this world is based, ruined it for me. While watching (and grumbling to myself about the impossibility of it all) I came up with several simple, alternate ideas that would have made it, at least, plausible.
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ilovewhippets
Sep 13, 2019

Definitely not worth waiting for! So bad! A big disappointment! Nothing 'extraordinary' about it!

A confusing story that goes back and forth in time! Seems intention was futuristic, but the technology is really behind! Two cities that have strict security, vastly different worldviews and languages, etc! One city, Ul Qoma, is very elitist, oppressive, authoritative, etc! A lot of Nazi-type of connotations!

The main character, Detective Borluof, carries the show and is likeable enough, but his female subordinate is really foul-mouthed!
I suppose he did his best with what he was given in performing for this movie! It was dead in the water from the beginning!

I fast forwarded it a lot! Low-quality, low-cost! One of the worst movies I have seen!
A forgettable movie! I am perplexed how it made it into a production!

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ilovewhippets
Sep 13, 2019

Violence: Killing, shooting, torture, deaths

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ilovewhippets
Sep 13, 2019

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing

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ilovewhippets
Sep 13, 2019

ilovewhippets thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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