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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…
'Darkman' is my favorite Sam Raimi movie which is not 'Drag Me To Hell', but depending on the time of day and what mood I am in, could be straight-up my favorite Sam Raimi movie. A love letter to all of the Universal Monsters all at once super-positioned into pulp gangster narrative, this is a film of unstoppable force and emotion. The scene wherein Liam Neeson yells at his cat while wearing a funnel on his head doing a Tin Man dance in the ruination of his makeshift science lair is worth the whole of the movie right there. A ten plus on the buzzard scale for sure.
Filled with a dark charm and good action. And while the effects may not live up anywhere close to today's standards, the story was well told and you couldn't help but be enthralled by the interesting characters and the grim events that transpire
If you haven't seen this gem of a film then you are stupid and can fuck right off.
The first movie to suggest that yes, Sam Raimi could direct a super-hero film and make something pretty interesting. Entertaining as all get-out and unlike Dick Tracy, makes an accurately comic-booky movie that's still entertaining.
Paradoxically, Heidegger claimed an authentic life demanded living toward death. Not a dwelling in it, but a high-steel skywalk towards it allows a being to avoid falling into doing whatever everyone else does: the inauthentic life. Our death is the only thing we own. This conscience choice, the decision to live towards death, as in all acts of free will, comes with the burden of guilt. Darkman, the Romantic hero, feels no physical pain but, Atlas-like, shoulders that emotional burden and suffers for us all.
Darkman, unlike his solar comic book rivals, is a lunar deity, a god born again. Eschewing the sunlit cityscape, the scientist turned alchemist fumbles in the dark for a lasting flesh. A comic book hero…
Great 90s action movie with a less than usual hero.
Darkman stars Liam Neeson in the role of a nice cientist that is quickly turned into a badass revengeful vigilante, because one of the rules of cinema is that Liam Neeson has to be a badass no matter what. I still have problems with Sam Raimi's slapstick style and a lot of the special effects are terribly dated; those are two of the few problems I had with Darkman, which is a pretty fun flick nonetheless.
And Liam Neeson evolved to Bruce Campbell like a Pokémon, which is awesome.
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Film featuring a genius
Liam Neeson, out for revenge. Go figure.
One of the strangest superhero movies I've ever seen, with plenty of Sam Raimi styling carried over from the Evil Dead films, and even a Bruce Campbell cameo.
I can't believe I hadn't seen this film until now. Really creative and fun with some very clever plot points. I'll never forget the stuffed elephant scene. That was amazing. There was overacting and some cheesy dialogue, but that seemed intentional. Not an amazing movie, but it really should be seen.
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