Darkman III: Die Darkman Die Reviews
Vosloo seems alternatively bored and exuberant from scene to scene, to be honest, he still does okay, and Jeff Fahey, while a joy to watch as an over-the-top villain, just doesn't quite fit in with the series.
The use of OTT visuals and nightmare vision scenes is retained and very like Sam Raimi's style - in fact some of the shot almost mirror the first film. While Westlake lacks some of the craziness that he had in the first film he is still a tortured soul - it's just a shame that this is mixed with the image of him as a sort of Batman figure.
This movie is actually quite bad but I sort of enjoyed Fahey's over the top villain. Unintentionally hilarious throughout so that made it somewhat tolerable (but not nearly enough for me to recommend it!).
and the story was dumb.
The only good thing was seeing Jeff Fahey, recently known as Frank from LOST, as a bad guy. Made me laugh super imposing Frank over Peter, character wise.
Released: October 1996 / December 28, 1998 / August 7, 2007
Director: Bradford May
Look at the title. Darkman 3: Die Darkman Die, what a joke. This title is such a joke, I've joked about it so many times and it still have the same funny feeling. Why would you name a movie like this? Yeah the bad guys want Darkman to die but really was it necessary to have a title like this? Right off the bat this should give you a good feeling on how this movie is.
Darkman is once again in a huge mess but this time with a drug lord. In the second movie Darkman stole money from a drug deal, but in that process he killed a few guys. This scene lasted a few minutes in Darkman 2 and all it did was show how Westlake funds his projects, he steals money from the bad and keeps it. That scene sets up Darkman 3. Did they run out of ideas? I hope people can remember this happening because in the now ten minute flashback scene we are not reminded of it. We do see the same flashback scenes from the second movie but with a few things from Darkman 2. Darkman 3: Die Darkman Die is already shorter, the shortest out of the trilogy, so adding an even longer flashback scene makes no logical sense at all. Why did they even bother with this movie?
Everything in this movie is rushed. After the ten minute flashback sequence we are treated to the same footage from Darkman 2, literally. Either they filmed the same thing again or they re-used it. They did manage to throw in one difference but I will leave that up to you guys to point it out. Darkman 3 so far doesn't offer anything new, that is until some doctor from the first movie, whom we never met, finds Darkman's secret lair. She tells him about a cure that could help him but she needs to test it. Since Westlake wants to be normal again he trusts her, first mistake. From this point forward Darkman 3 offers little of anything.
We are introduced to the drug lord, Peter Rooker, played by Jeff Fahey. I hate this actor, he has a fake appearance about him, from his voice to the way he walks, I hate him. The guy wants Darkman for one reason, he needs his powerful strength and stamina to make the ultimate drug. Wait time out, powerful stamina? This was not mentioned in the other two Darkman movies, now we are introduced to the stamina factor? Jesus Christ what the hell is going on here?
Any way, getting back to the movie, Rooker wants to get his DNA and make the ultimate drug. When they get this from Darkman we see the same thing from the past movies, Darkman uses other peoples faces and does naughty things. In this process though he falls in love with Rooker's wife and we are constantly reminded how he has always told himself that he would never fall in love with other people. I don't remember him ever saying this but I will let this one slide. Well after awhile of this, and no time as Darkman we come to the end of the movie.
The ending of the movie is where we mainly see Darkman. Here and there in the movie we did see him, but again it was mainly Westlake, a lot of Westlake. This really shouldn't have had the Darkman name on it, actual screen time with Darkman was slim. I want to see Darkman, not that stupid actor that plays Westlake/Darkman. Horrible and the end, Darkman has to fight people with the same strength and stamina as him, is so un-climatic.
[/b]Out of the entire Darkman Trilogy this one is the worst. Darkman 3: Die Darkman Die fails hard within the first ten minutes. The flashback sequence lasts way too long, ten minutes is uncalled for when a movie isn't even an hour and a half long. Not only that a lot of scenes from the second movie are re-used here, this is usually done with the worst movies ever created. Does that make Darkman 3 the worst movie? No, it does offer a few good things but I really can't remember them right now, the bad weighs the good down.
[/b]1 out of 10
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