New Line Cinema forced Alex Proyas to include the opening narration by Kiefer Sutherland, which Proyas objected to, saying it was unnecessary. The narration gives away several key plot twists, and consequently many fans of the film prefer to watch it with the sound turned off, only turning it back up when Sutherland looks at his pocket watch. Unsurprisingly, the director's cut omits this opening narration.

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