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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…
Sam Raimi’s Darkman is an exciting, terrific and highly imaginative superhero film that boasts a strong cast headed by Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand. The film moves at a kinetic pace and immerses you in a world that is richly detailed with colorful characters, brooding atmosphere and good action. The film has an interesting, well developed story, and in Liam Neeson in the lead role is great here, and it’s a fine performance from an actor that would later star in such films as Schindler’s List, Taken and Batman Begins to name a few. I think that he is great here, and he makes the film what it is as well. Under the eye of Sam Raimi, who dabbed in…
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It is said that frustrated aspirations to direct a movie on a 'proper' comic character led Raimi to envisage his own recreation, drawing from an illustrious dark gallery of antiheros, from the invisible man to Dr. Jekyll, the phantom of the opera (and even the paradise) and, of course, the DC dark guy we all know. And all for the better, as Raimi is at his best when on the loose, fresh and free from expectations (just compare Spider-Man 2 with Spider-Man 1). I still think that Raimi's detached sense of humour (a-la Crimewave) and the tragic background of the character are quite at odds, even upsetting at times, but this is a minor issue when you…
A magnificent illustration of the principle of "too many cooks spoil the broth"; it's an interesting concept, but the fact that it has five writers credited (and I seem to recall there being more than one director on the credits when I was watching in the theatre to see who to blame) gives it a bit of a jumbled aspect. Director Sam Raimi is also given to occasional excess, which give the suspension of disbelief an uncomfortable tug when they suddenly jump up,
Pues casi no la recordaba y el poso que me quedaba no estaba escrito con letras doradas principalmente, pero este visionado lo ha empeorado, me ha parecido muy, muy floja, con unos efectos cutre-salchicheros, que en "Evil dead" y sus secuelas funcionaban pero aquí hacen de ella que envejezca prematuramente y si sumamos los achaques de un guión escrito para niños de preescolar nos queda un borrón en la retorcida carrera de Sam Raimi.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film had huge potential at the start and slowly started to fizzle out as it went on.
I liked the premise how he gained the ability to feel no pain and was stronger than the average person because of the accident. Yet it never really showcased either ability. Showing off his skills against a carnival worker isn't good enough for me. It seemed like a movie that had huge potential but feel short. A revenge, vengeance movie should have more revenge and vengeance. They destroy his lab, mess him up, kill his partner, totally destroy his life and I didn't think what he did during the course of the movie was even close to getting the satisfaction that he deserves for what they did to him. Its like if Robocop was seeking revenge and shot people with a BB gun.
There are some good aspects to the movie, just in general was lacking.
I can see why Raimi was hired for Spider-Man after this movie. It's so comic book-y I was surprised to find out it wasn't an adaptation of anything. It's silly at times, has got terrrribble dialogue, and its budget restrictions are obvious for most of the movie, but throughout it has an interesting mix of melancholy, horror and humour that ends up being a lot of fun. By time the action starts in the final act I was reminded of how good Raimi is, the helicopter scenes being far more convincing and exciting than most movies I've seen. Liam Neeson's performance is so good - he really throws himself into the role, selling the sadness, rage and insanity of the character. It's over-the-top in a really charming way
Very enjoyable film that is well put together and with a cool 80's feel to it. Though Neesons performance as Darkman is very good he is a bit confusing with switching his feelings at the last seconds of the film when actually chasing the chance to get back to his girlfriend for the whole film that seems a bit odd.
Only sam raimi can pull this off!! Its so campy, it beats transformers on entertainment value.
Resiste bastante bien el tiempo, buen film de Sam Raimi que pese a no basarse en ningún cómic lo parece.
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