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They destroyed everything he had, everything he was. Now, crime has a new enemy and justice has a new face.
Dr. Peyton Westlake is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when his laboratory is destroyed by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with a former love.
In the era of Batman '89, Darkman surely puts it to shame in just about every category: effects, tone, pacing, humor, gags, origins, ingenuity, music, color, sets, even most of the cast fits together and has chemistry. Holds up marvelously.
Blu-ray looks very pretty indeed :))
It's times like these that the 5 star rating system just isn't good enough. Definitely a 4.25/5
The movie that always gets forgotten when people put together lists of the best superhero movies of all time -- probably because the character is invented for the screen, rather than adapted to it. And, maybe because its "hero" is a self-described "monster" with a gruesome face. But this really is Raimi's first stab at the genre, and a very successful one.
Plus, it's eerily like a TAKEN movie when you watch it now: Liam Neeson's life gets wrecked and he swears revenge using (in this case literally) superhuman fighting skills.
It also includes the phrases "The Rangeveritz Technique" and "The Bellasarious Memorandum." I love DARKMAN.
Raimi fundamentally understands the art of comic books and shoots his film in the same way a comics artist would panel their work. This is the biggest difference in what Raimi does, and the crop of Marvel/DC movies that have come out in the last few years. He isn't shooting a brand or a revisionist take on comics. He is diving right into what makes them work. Visually the frames from an alleyway in a kind of storyboarder's view, the intense close up, the sparse dialogue that appears while always keeping a characters face in frame is all in the dna of comic books. It's as if he crafted this movie in the same way he would as if he…
Wanna know what the best Liam Neeson moment ever is?
"Take the fucking elephant."
"I'm everyone and no one. Everywhere, nowhere. Call me... Darkman."
Sam Raimi couldn't secure the right for either The Shadow or Batman, so what he did? He created Darkman.
A good balance of suspense, campy fun and comic book action, even the way it was shoot reminds me of Saturday morning cartoons. Raimi has a peculiar sense of humor and it shows from the pink elephant scene to the dance number, Darkman is a joy to watch.
To see a young Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand was a pleasure, specially Neeson, one of many things I like about'em is his 100% investment in every character he plays, doesn't matter…
God, I bet he smelled like bacon. :D
Imagine if when Raimi made Spider-Man 3, instead of the titular Webhead it featured The Crow. Then you've pretty much got Darkman.
That's sort of harsh, Darkman's actually really fun. A lot of the things that happen in it wouldn't work now, but for twenty five years ago they're alright.
When I watched Darkman, I expected either a dark, brooding revenge story like The Crow, or at least an enjoyable action movie. Sadly, Darkman is neither of those: it mostly consists of an interesting concept that is told with poor pacing, Liam Neeson chewing the scenery, the annoying overuse of special effects, and not nearly enough action to make it tolerable. It has a couple good scenes, and I suppose it still works for other people, but I think I'll stick with The Crow or the better Batman movies.
Raimi channeling his inner Hitchcock at times. Tonally, all over the place, an interesting mess, but not very riveting.
me identifico con darkman pq si pudiera verme como cualquier hombre del mundo por 99min ...yo tambien elegiria verme como bruce campbell ;^)
Terrifically entertaining comic book-esque action pulp yarn from Sam Raimi, with some gnarly affects (make up and visual), and a fine performance from Liam Neeson.
Darkman is one of the best examples of a comic book movie, despite having no comic book to adapt from. It's fun, exciting, and darkly humorous, it's a movie anyone can enjoy.
For a B movie, it wasn't half bad.
The perfect marriage of Batman and The Evil Dead.
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