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…
It's times like these that the 5 star rating system just isn't good enough. Definitely a 4.25/5
I haven't seen this film since the early 90s. I have never seen the sequels, but I will be soon. This was a fun comic-book style movie! I can't really call Darkman a Hero, so i wouldn't use Super Hero to describe the film either. The effects haven't aged well, but that is hardly a slight against the movie, nor is that fact unique to this. In short, this was a good watch, and I will be checking out the next two DARKMAN films soon.
I have no idea what people saw in this because I absolutely detested this. It was on my Netflix list for some reason so I decided to watch it. I tried to see what other people saw in it, but all I saw was half-assery.
Edit: This review was written while I was feeling like absolute shit, so I want to apologize for my uncharacteristic negativity. But, I still stand by the word half-assery.
That ending was fucking sick.
Full review on my page as always.
Sam Raimi's version of a superhero movie, it's a dark, brooding and frenetically fast-paced blend of action, horror and black comedy. Liam Neeson plays the title character with great conviction and undeniable vulnerability and the late Larry Drake steals the show as the better villain of the film, Robert G. Durant. Colin Friels' Strack is good but Durant is better.
Not just the poor man's Batman but the homeless man's Batman. The 90's had a superhero phase too but it wasn't like the comic movie phase we have now. Still it owed a lot to Batman. Sadly Sam Rami wants to direct Batman or the Shadow but could not so being the creative SOB he is, we got Darkman. Probably Liam Neeson at his most hilarious, maybe his most violent, this is a superhero movie a lot more like Evil Dead 2 meets Robocop and Batman, instead of Rami's later Spider-Man films. Nevertheless it's entertaining. Hats off to a pre-Schindler Neeson and McDormand before Fargo as they carry the movie with some great chemistry. (Also love that Bruce Campbell cameo.) The film has some great visual and action moments even with horrible effects of the 90's. Still there's some darkness and some humor to balance it all out. It's Rami at his Ramiest.
"Take the fucking elephant!"
Goofy as shit but still kinda fun.
I hadn't seen this in a looong time but it always held a fond place in my movie-watching heart. Imbued with 80's/early 90's sensibilities regarding cheese, plotting, and violence...Darkman was the gorehound's "superhero" movie. I remember being wowed by how cool and intense this was as a kid but this time around found myself laughing often. In many ways, this is one of those good bad movies. Much like Samurai Cop, you have to wonder how much of what was funny was intentional on the director's part or just head-scratchingly off base in its view of what was cool. With Sam Raimi behind the wheel I have to believe the corniness was intentional.
For Liam Neeson fans, this is must-see…
I don't know that we as a society give Sam Raimi the credit he deserves as one of the top tier genre filmmakers still working. From his Evil Dead films regenerating horror to The Quick and The Dead adding style to westerns, his early work is full of some of the most exciting visuals put to screen. While he has some general duds in the group (Oz: The Great and Powerful - which I don't think is THAT awful), you can count on him to deliver something riveting and unique each time out. One doesn't need to look further than a Robert Rodriguez type to see more generally how genre fare is treated as the wild young auteur ages. Raimi…
Sam Raimi's confident transition from independent to big studio filmmaking is a breezy, loving homage to the classic Universal monster movies, with Liam Neeson giving a performance that's both heartfelt and hilarious. Look out for a quick cameo by Raimi's muse Mr. Bruce...
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