Mr. Murdoch exists in an experiment orchestrated by the Strangers and Dr. Shreber. The Strangers are a race that is in decline and close to extinction. They have learned to put humans to sleep and alter reality, they call it Tuning. The scene where you see the city morph to something new is amazing. Slowly, Mr. Murdoch begins to unravel the "fish bowl" and expose the Strangers (through Dr. Shreber's help). This is a big movie, dark and glorious.
I cannot say enough about the movie. It is a combination of film noir, Dr Who, Paranoia nightmare, 1984, and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer all rolled into one. You can compare The Matrix with Dark City, and The Matrix comes up way short.. And Jennifer Connelly is MUCH hotter than Carrie-Anne Moss (aka, the chick who needs to eat a sandwich)
On duty tonight, so lots of movies to watch.. :-)