Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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.
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 :))
Located fittingly between "The Evil Dead" films and the "Spider-man" series in Sam Raimi's canon, his marvelously entertaining "Darkman" is a horror-superhero mash-up that only Raimi could create. Full of character, thrills, and touches of gore, "Darkman" is a stylized action film that feels ripped from the pages of a comic book. It is compelling and delightfully overwrought, and it teems with engaging personality.
The story follows Liam Neeson's Dr. Peyton Westlake, a scientist developing artificial flesh who is assumed to be killed when his lab is ransacked members of a criminal syndicate. Stalking the shadows, Westlake becomes Darkman and, as Darkman, haunts and hunts down those who destroyed his life.
The narrative weaves together elements of crime films, revenge…
i'm not sure why the world decided that mad science, goofy effects, heavy-handed metaphors, overacting, cartoonishly noir lighting, bouncing overbearing scores, weird special effects, and totally unrealistic everything weren't good enough for superhero movies anymore but we really fucked up bad. this is so much better than every other "but who's the REAL monster?" comic book movie that came after it, and it wasn't even based on a comic book. it's also Raimi's best movie and one of Neeson's best performances - the way he moves his body around is an incredible Universal Monster homage that probably nobody expected he could do. THE INVISIBLE MAN meets Adam West's Batman, what a feat to pull that off.
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…
Thriving off of Raimi's unique vision, Darkman is a film that lacks subtlety entirely, but works in it's own campy and menacing way despite that. Darkman's tale of alienation and revenge carries along with it a soulful wit and visual flamboyance that puts to shame modern entries within the genre, full of gorish effects and haunting images. Raimi seems to delight in undercutting the traditional hero (or antihero) narrative arc with a profound sense of horror, grounded with a thoroughly developed tragedy that is Darkman's life. But most importantly, as Raimi later illustrated with the Spiderman trilogy, he has a fundamental understanding and appreciation of the art of comic books. Now Darkman was a character created for the screen, but this film very much feels like a seamless transition between the two mediums. It's energy is infectious, camp hilarious, and story effective. A film that is absolutely solid on all fronts.
La vi cuando no sabía quién era Liam Neeson ni Sam Raimi. ¡Qué tiempos aquellos!
This movie might as well be called "What If: Batman & Two-Face Were The Same Character."
“Fuck it, I’m gonna create my own superhero”. After not being able to own the rights to adapt The Shadow, Sam Raimi had the balls to conceive a total unknown character and sell it to a major studio, way before everyone was wearing a cape and making ridiculous money out of it. Sure, Tim Burton’s Batman was a landmark and helped the green light given to Raimi, but the formula wasn’t clear enough yet. Actually, it was only with Raimi's own Spider Man movie in 2002 that we could really call them superhero movies a genre.
With The Coen brothers help, the screenplay is a dark, twisted, vengeful and cold blooded piece of action, in which Payton (Liam Neeson) is…
Pretty fun stuff. Though it's hard not to think how much more fun it would have been if the producers would have let Raimi cast Bruce as the lead.
(Viewing Format: 2014 Blu-ray, 1.85:1 HD)
Sam Raimi's first foray into studio filmmaking is an appropriately strange and energetic comic book movie. It's great.
Going through Alex Proyas' earlier cult materials piqued my interest in more pulp comic style superhero films in which the auteur's sense of building the city our hero resided in would be the key of the enjoyment.
Upon which I remembered "Darkman" which I had forgotten was an early film by the one and only Sam Raimi.
There was the same body horror from the "Evil Dead" as well as the psychotic close up of characters especially our fragile protagonist, but one could see webs were laid for his Spiderman films.
This was also an early Hollywood foray for Liam Neeson, before "Schindler's List" of course and he was not the typical dashing Hollywood type but bore a lot of…
I like to think that this movie proved Raimi was the one for the job to direct 'Spider-Man'.
A wholly original superhero origin story with exceptional acting, music, and artistic vision.
I want movies like this again.
Finally got around to watching Scream Factory's bluray of this. Darkman is one of those movies I've always loved but for some reason I tend to forget just how awesome it is until I watch it again. That great Raimi style. Ted Raimi. Danny Hicks as a one legged stooge. Dr. Giggles chopping off fingers. Liam Neeson going full Neeson. Just an awesome and stylish superhero flick.
Third best Batman movie
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