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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…
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.
Reminded me of Swamp Thing but with less camp and a much more pronounced comic book/superhero gimmick. Also, Liam Neeson.
Wow where do I begin, I like Sam Raimi as a director but this film was terrible. How this has a cult following is beyond me.
You try to get emotionally involved with the characters, as you do with any film. But it just falls flat on it's face, I thought Liam Neeson & Frances McDormand's acting was wooden and cheesy as anything, and the story was weak at best. And it started out good as well, 10 mins in I said to myself I'm going to like this. God I was so wrong.
Now I never want to put to many negative reviews up, but for this one I just couldn't help it. That's why I have given this film a 0.5* !
Sam Raimi can turn up Danny Elfman's pounding orchestral score as loud as he wants, but I know a B-movie when I see one and that's exactly what this is—and God bless him for it. Raimi goes Hollywood here, but this is just low-budget enough that he doesn't lose ALL of his old Evil Dead nastiness This is a post-Batman dark superhero movie, but it's also a monster movie. Liam Neeson is a scientist who gets dipped in acid by some gangsters and then left to die in an explosion. Lucky for Liam Neeson, he secretly survives and somehow ends up impervious to pain. UNLUCKY for Liam Neeson, he fixes up his face with experimental skin grafts that are so…
At one point Liam Neeson is dangling from a helicopter that's hurtling through a metropolis while the movie's heavy is shooting at him (and missing, so destroying cars and human lives) over the freeway. Required viewing for fans of things that are the goddamn shit.
He's a freak, ladies and gentlemen!
"I was engaged to a girl once with a wooden leg."
"Yeah? What happened?"
"Had to break it off."
Darkman was so over the top, actually to think about it, Darkman never even had a top to begin with. It's absolutely crazy and it worked so effectively.
Liam Neeson is perfect in the role of Darkman; and the insanity that Sam Raimi uses to portray Darkman only helps the film.
The carnival scene is the epicentre of Darkman: the creepy clowns, the circus freak, happy Liam Neeson, mad Liam Neeson and of course, the fucking elephant.
Darkman is a film you cannot miss.
Oh did I mention a cameo from the one the only Bruce Campbell?
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