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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 :))
It's times like these that the 5 star rating system just isn't good enough. Definitely a 4.25/5
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…
Another reason why Sam Raimi is awesome.
Darkman was significant for Sam Raimi as it was his first time making a studio film. It's an interesting film, but I can't really call it a good one. The film has a neat high concept for a superhero; a scientist who has suffered horrific burns creates new "skins" which burn after 100 minutes of use, thus giving him disguises but only for limited times. The costume he wears is great and the make-up is pretty impressive. I really dig this character, but the film he's in is a mess. The actual story is a pretty generic tale of revenge and the film moves so briskly it doesn't seem too concerned with the plot either.
A big part of the…
Effective as a comic book movie, but Liam Neeson bothered me.
AWESOME! 35mm with Army of Darkness. I love the New Beverly.
While watching this film, I get the feeling that the studio were restraining Raimi a bit, with the result being pretty generic. At least it has the best cameo at the end.
One of the few superhero movies about an original character that I feel actually works. Plus I am a sucker for these back from the dead revenge stories.
La moda de adaptar cómics no es algo nuevo. Ya la hubo a principios de siglo al rebufo de X-Men y Spiderman y antes hubo otra a principios de los 90s gracias al mega-éxito del Batman de Tim Burton. Tuvimos pelis de Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, Capitán América, The Shadow, Juez Dredd, una nunca estrenada de Los 4 Fantásticos... Sam Raimi, todavía sin demasiado nombre, no pudo conseguir los derechos de ningún personaje de los que le gustaban por lo que se creó su propio personaje comiquero y le hizo una película: Darkman.
La peli no es gran cosa y tampoco es que haya envejecido muy bien, la verdad pero es cortita, entretenida, Danny Elfman se curra una BSO bastante buena y su evidente influencia en El Caballero Oscuro la hacen digna de ver... aunque para ello haya que soportar a un histrionico Liam Neeson y unos agujeros de guión por los que cabe Falete.
"If you're not going to kill me, I've got things to do."
So this film has massive potential, but it comes off mostly cheesy and cheap. I think if the film was remade by the right people it could be a awsome horror/revenge story with a lot of classic monster movie tones.
Darkman is a completely original character created by Sam Rami when he couldn't acquire rights to make a Batman film. Darkman has a fairly simple, revenge driven plot and although there are certainly more than a few similarities between Batman and Darkman I really enjoy Darkman as a character. A young Liam Neeson was an ideal choice for Darkamn and its a shame that he did not return for a sequel. I'd watch one with him even now 25 years later, and I'm sure it would make lots of money. You can see how Sam Rami was chosen to direct a Spider-man film after watching this one. You can see the similarities between the two films and there are also…
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