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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…
I'm gonna let you in on a little secret that may not endear myself to you. I'm not a big Sam Raimi guy. I'm able to admire his talents as a filmmaker while standing at a safe distance and taking the endless praise his many fans tend to lay on his work with a large heap of salt. That's not to say I hate all his work, far from it. I quite like the first Evil Dead, Spider-Man 2 and parts of Drag Me To Hell. He's just never really done it for me with anything else I've seen. Having finally gotten around to watching Darkman for the first time, the film certainly belongs into the latter group. Darkman is…
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Darkman is a film about transitions. Mild-mannered scientist Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson, showing early promise of the unlikely action hero he would later become) is trying to develop a synthetic skin to help burn victims, but has not quite achieved the breakthrough that will allow the engineered dermal cells to stay coherent for more than 99 minutes. He is also living half the time with his DA girlfriend Julie Harris (Francis McDormand), who is currently considering his marriage proposal. Driven, dedicated and slightly dull, Peyton is an everyman between states, with a brilliant future just beyond his grasp.
Unfortunately, Julie's discovery of a memorandum that incriminates ambitious property developer Louis Strack (Colin Friels) brings psychopathic…
Before Sam Raimi was handed the reigns to the Spiderman franchise, he has dabbled in the horror genre for quite some time, however in the early 90's, he had the opportunity to get his first taste of a Superhero-esque movie with Darkman.
Though Darkman doesnt have any super powers to speak off, nor was he bitten by an radioactive insects, he's a scientist that crossed the paths of the wrong people, and is left for dead after being severely assaulted and blown up in his lab. However, he manages to survive, but is hideously disfigured, left to wander around the city as a bum. He has the fire of retribution burning in him though, and he wants to bring down…
Sam Raimi has dutch angled his way into my heart. After watching the Evil Dead movies This was the culmination of all those backed by a hollywood studio and the result was a gorgeous, violent movie with a fantastic cast and original superhero in an age before Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. Liam Neeson plays a scientist who loses everything in an explosion including his face, and becomes a vigilante who uses his skin generation technology to become other people. This is a fun movie you shouldn;t miss.
What can you say about a film that in most cases if it was directed by someone else you would just ignore it
Sam Raimi's first super-hero movie you could call this about a scientist who returns from a lab explosion to take revenge on those who tried to kill him
I don't really think i've seen a superhero-movie with such anarchic shift in tone as with this one. Probably have to re-watch this one, cause i really did not expect it to be so depressing as it was in it's places
Sam Raimi’s Darkman is an exciting, terrific and highly imaginative superhero film that boasts a strong cast headed by Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand. The film moves at a kinetic pace and immerses you in a world that is richly detailed with colorful characters, brooding atmosphere and good action. The film has an interesting, well developed story, and in Liam Neeson in the lead role is great here, and it’s a fine performance from an actor that would later star in such films as Schindler’s List, Taken and Batman Begins to name a few. I think that he is great here, and he makes the film what it is as well. Under the eye of Sam Raimi, who dabbed in…
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It is said that frustrated aspirations to direct a movie on a 'proper' comic character led Raimi to envisage his own recreation, drawing from an illustrious dark gallery of antiheros, from the invisible man to Dr. Jekyll, the phantom of the opera (and even the paradise) and, of course, the DC dark guy we all know. And all for the better, as Raimi is at his best when on the loose, fresh and free from expectations (just compare Spider-Man 2 with Spider-Man 1). I still think that Raimi's detached sense of humour (a-la Crimewave) and the tragic background of the character are quite at odds, even upsetting at times, but this is a minor issue when you…
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