Sam Raimi directs Liam Neeson in Batman-Taken. An underrated non-comic comic book film that borrows story elements from The Phantom of the Opera, The Elephant Man and The Shadow. A film that features almost as many fake faces as a Mission: Impossible movie and captures Liam Neeson inventing 3D printing.
Intense Neeson plays Peyton Westlake, a goofy, talented scientist in love with a lawyer (Frances McDormand). But he falls foul to Strack, a corrupt property developer (Colin Friels), over a coffee-stained memo. Subsequently, Peyton gets burnt to a crisp and turns into Deadpool, minus the smug quips.
Creeping about in his chargrilled lab making latex faces and hands and muttering away to himself like Green Goblin in Raimi's Spidermens, Peyton sets out on a path of crazed vengeance against Strack and a finger collector (Larry Drake). Operatic madness ensues.
Deliciously over-the-top and comically violent, Sam Raimi adds another Looney Tunes-esque nightmare to his oeuvre.