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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.
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 :))
It's times like these that the 5 star rating system just isn't good enough. Definitely a 4.25/5
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…
This is one of my bf's favourite films, but somehow I'd never seen it. "I hope that this is as good and as bad as I remember", he said. It was.
It's a shame no real sequels were ever made, I would have really liked to watch a movie where Darkman's backstory didn't take up so much time.
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Dark man is as advertised, but with a dash of goofy and fun added to it. This hidden gem from Evil Dead director Sam Raimi is certainly exciting, riveting and mostly original but it's not without faults either. The comic-book art style is delightful at first but weighs pretty heavily and eventually becomes somewhat redundant. Liam Neeson is great as usual, but I feel like this might be one of his weaker performances and Frances McDormand is a treat to watch on screen. Darkman follows the story of a scientist turned vigilante and dabbles in the concept of impersonation through scientific means, but…
It's not very gory, but this film is suitably Raimi. Over the top violence and a crazy awesome performance from Liam Neeson.
It's too over the top and some of the dialogue is cheesy or just plain bad. Sam Raimi seems to be trying to hard to create a cult film here, instead of letting it come naturally. The action scenes are pretty dull and the plot line is predictable. It's has some decent and humorous moments but Darkman isn't one I'll be watching again in a hurry.
After a scientist is severely burned, he must use his ability to recreate skin to fight crime and stop the people who originally tried to kill him. Highly recommended.
I have so many questions! First one: who played the darkman
"Take the fucking elephant!"
Darkman is just your classic Sam Raimi B Movie and nothing else.It doesn't really try to do something more.A brilliant performance by Liam Neeson,and the first two acts are really interesting and exciting,but then it all falls apart in a goofy and forgettable third act.
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