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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.
It's times like these that the 5 star rating system just isn't good enough. Definitely a 4.25/5
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 :))
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.
"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…
Wanna know what the best Liam Neeson moment ever is?
"Take the fucking elephant."
A cinematic grab-bag.
Recipe as follows: One part super-hero flick, one part comedy. A dash of classic horror [see: Written & Directed by Sam Raimi], a splash of mystery [harking back to the days of old-time radio, see also The Shadow]. Garnish with an over-arching revenge plot-line. Serve ice cold, obviously.
Not being a huge fan of Raimi, this is one of his better efforts, a admirable attempt to introduce an original superhero. It has some lovely bizarro moments, but it sort of peters out by the end, the victim of a one-note bad guy.
Gosh, I almost forgot how great this movie is. Now I remember why Raimi did Spider-Man.
The main thing you need to know about this film is, BRUCE CAMPBELL CAMEOS AT THE END.
GO WATCH IT.
Best comic book movie not based on a comic book ever.
It's worth watching just for the first explosion, seeing Liam Neeson get pissed off, and hearing him say, "Take the fucking elephant!" Cheesy and entertaining in only the way Sam Raimi can do.
Sam Rami at his best? Indeed
This is better than the one year earlier Batman in just about every way. It'd be cool to see Liam Neeson play a bonafide superhero again.
I absolutely love the reckless abandon of this film. It plays like a film for comic book lovers too embarrassed to enjoy something as mainstream as BATMAN or SPIDERMAN. It's messy, disjointed, perverse and over-the-top. And I love every minute of it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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