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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 :))
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.
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Early-ish roles for Frances McDormand and Liam Neeson. I tried for much of the movie to figure out if it wasn't grabbing my attention just because the CGI we now take for granted in action films didn't exist at the time, but in the end I think it is because aspects of plot and dialogue didn't really hang together. Some of the thuggery and chase scenes feel lifted from car chase films of two decades prior. Definitely had its moments and I can understand the cult appeal.
I used to really like this film when I was younger, but now it just seems like somewhat of an unfinished mess. Some good bits but mostly not. It was fun to see a young Colin Friels chewing the scenery, accent and all. But really, sadly, this seems like the beginning of Sam Raimi's fall (hard to keep going up I guess when you start off on such a high).
Darkman is Sam Raimi cool.
Such a fun movie. Sam Raimi has a great instinct for insanity and how to depict it visually. It's also perhaps the most warped superhero movie ever made.
action, suspense, horror, all over the top. i thought i had seen this before but was getting it confused with the shadow with alec baldwin and man, this is a completely different movie. raimi's manic style is ever present here, and seeing this even now, 26 years later, it still holds up extremely well. dark, gory, and fun, i enjoyed this immensely.
Unlike the invention of its namesake, it doesn't cohere for 95 minutes, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun.
“A comic book-inspired noir riding on the coattails of Tim Burton’s Batman, Darkman is a masterfully goofy work of genre cinema. Its comic book framing, over-the-top performances, and stray Ken Russell-esque freakouts were all perfection in terms of trashy entertainment value, pushing the lowest-common-denominator of trash media into the realm of high art. Darkman is not only the finest Sam Raimi film I’ve ever encountered, it’s also one of the most striking comic book movies ever made … which is saying a lot considering that it wasn’t even based off of a comic book.”
The best comic book movie I've seen in ages and it's not even based off a comic book.
Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand make a great couple and I enjoyed the villains a ton.
The effects look a bit dated now, moreso than any other Raimi film, but it sort of adds to it, rather than ruining it for you.
And that final shot is absolute genius.
Designed to cause shit. This is not an overrated films list because opinions are subjective. However I would love to…
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