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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.
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…
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 :))
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.
Thriving off of Raimi's unique vision, Darkman is a film that lacks subtlety entirely, but works in it's own campy and menacing way despite that. Darkman's tale of alienation and revenge carries along with it a soulful wit and visual flamboyance that puts to shame modern entries within the genre, full of gorish effects and haunting images. Raimi seems to delight in undercutting the traditional hero (or antihero) narrative arc with a profound sense of horror, grounded with a thoroughly developed tragedy that is Darkman's life. But most importantly, as Raimi later illustrated with the Spiderman trilogy, he has a fundamental understanding and appreciation of the art of comic books. Now Darkman was a character created for the screen, but this film very much feels like a seamless transition between the two mediums. It's energy is infectious, camp hilarious, and story effective. A film that is absolutely solid on all fronts.
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…
(screened via Amazon Prime for the ANTI-MONITOR podcast)
As far as first stabs at the superhero genre go, Sam Raimi's Darkman ranks right up there as one of the best and most ridiculously enjoyable, with effective storytelling, a strong balance between grit and camp, thrilling set pieces, great performances, and superb atmosphere.
A fun and under-appreciated superhero film. I am not usually a great fan of superhero films but I thoroughly enjoyed watching this one.
This movie should have clocked in at exactly 99 minutes as it's a face melter.
i like the part where darkman is running on top of the truck while holding on to a rope hanging from a helicopter.
it was nice of raimi to put a three second hanna-barbera cartoon in this live action graphic novel
lots of helicopters explode in this movie.
Sam Raimi mostra con naturalezza infinita la sua appunto naturale vena creativa nella realizzazione di film, registicamente e spiritualmente parlando. Lo fa stavolta con un suo supereroe creato dal nulla, volendo ricreare atmosferse fumettose dall’anima propria e allo stesso tempo miscelarne le drammatiche vicessitudini di un thriller moderno (parliamo del 1990 in questo caso). C’è tanto in questo Darkman di quel che sarà poi la trilogia di SpiderMan assai più celebre realizzata nel decennio successivo, così come c’è altrettanto delle folli quanto squisite trovare registiche e non di Evil Dead.
Lo stato d’animo del film riesce a spaziare da quello più tragico all’ironico, non si prende mai pienamente sul serio fino in fondo, e ciò è tutto tranne che un…
For the love of God just give Liam Neeson the pink elephant!
Before gracing our childhood with Spider-man back in 2002, Sam Raimi practiced his craft with this forgotten gem. Darkman is a super hero flick of epic proportions (just watch the opening scene and you'll see what I mean). It's context is extremely entertaining and houses one of the most unique performances by Liam Neesons to date. In this high-powered tale of revenge Liam Neesons is 'Darkman', the 3D skin printing wizard with an affliction similar to that of Freddy Krueger, and a style heavily influenced by Dr. Jack Griffin. Watch as he wreaks havoc on those who have ailed him and battles to perfect his formula for artificial skin tissue in order to reunite with his lover.
"Darkman, Darkman, Darkman....Burnt his skin, he up to something"
IMDb Ratings: 6.4
Why: superhero movie
Should: not amazing but good
My Ratings: 7 - #Good
Tagline: Who is Darkman?
Bonus: Dark, crazy #LiamNeeson. #SamRaimi direction. The end scenes.
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