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October 8, 2016
The cool thing about Darkman it is a classified a superhero film without being based on a comic book, it feels like it could have been.
Liam Neeson does a great job playing a well-mannered and good man, who is utterly and completely losing his s#it.
The movie's got a great style to it, it's dark, kinda bizarre, and kinda comical (This does have the same director as The Evil Dead trilogy)
With some great music from Danny Elfman, who also did the score for Burton's Batman movies
August 7, 2016
everything you love qbout Raimi in an action movie
½ August 5, 2016
Liam NEESON stars convincingly in this well-balanced movie with an interesting take on the revenge theme.
Super Reviewer
½ June 20, 2016
Cheesy, low-budget schlock, Darkman is a C-list superhero film from writer/director Sam Raimi. After being horribly disfigured when his lab is destroyed by a crime lord, Dr. Peyton Westlake used his synthetic skin grafting equipment to disguise himself in order infiltrate the crime gang and get his revenge. The pilot is extremely convoluted and doesn't really make a lot of sense. And Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand are horribly miscast, delivering excruciatingly bad performances. The sets and special effects are also poorly done, and look incredibly cheap. The one saving grace is Danny Elfman's sweeping score, but there's only so much that a score can do. A convoluted mess, Darkman fails miserable.
½ June 4, 2016
Long before Sam Raimi directed the "Spider-Man" films, he created his own comic book superhero film with the dizzyingly fun "Darkman." Different from his "Spider-Man" pictures, this film is R-rated and has the scrappy energy and inventiveness of Raimi's earlier films (which were only thee at this point) "Evil Dead" 1 and 2 and "Crimewave." Liam Neeson plays a scientists who is horribly scarred from an attack by crime boss Robert G. Durant and his men. Neeson is left for dead in his laboratory explosion, but the chemicals and what not in his lab give him super strength and his scientific skills allow him to create lifelike masks, allowing him to impersonate anyone for a short period of time while the mask substance lasts. The explosion and attack also leave Neeson filled with uncontrollable rage. So generally speaking, it's a classic comic book superhero origin story. Neeson then seeks revenge upon those who wronged him. Larry Drake is a terrific villain as Durant, who has a penchant for chopping off fingers with his cigar cutter of those who've wronged him. I remember being shocked by Drake's performance when I originally saw this in the theater because up to this point I had only seen him as the meek mentally retarded man, Benny, on "LA Law." This character is about as polar opposite of Benny as you can get, so it was probably a smart career move for Drake (though "Dr. Giggles" is the only other film of his I can name outside of the Darkman movies). It was also brave casting by Raimi, putting an actor you'd never expect in such a central villainous role, though Raimi said he'd never seen "LA Law." But although Drake, Neeson and also Frances McDormand as Neeson's girlfriend are all strong performers, this is not a serious dramatic film and the real star of this film is director Sam Raimi's delightfully over-the-top visual style. Ramie brings a crazy amount of energy to this film that still holds up today. Michael Bay films may equal this film in terms of bombast, but is nowhere close when it comes to cleverness and inventiveness. Top all of this fun off with a great score by Danny Elfman, and I think this is a film that really deserves to be considered a minor classic. On a side note, look for a quick cameo by Bruce Campbell and also by Raimi's friends the Coen Brothers, who reportedly did some uncredited script doctoring on this film.
June 4, 2016
A dull, blatant Batman knock off that features some of Liam Neeson's worst acting, occasionally accidental comedy and a lack of cohesion in it's narrative and flow.
May 30, 2016
Definitely a bit dated and cheesy, but Raimi's signature charm (and use of his brother, Ted, and Bruce Campbell) prevail in the end.
May 24, 2016
A okay movie with something that had already been done prior to 1990. A typical revenge plot with a cool character. The makeup effects are great, and the concept of darkman is great. Definitely pays tribute to the older universal monsters.
March 26, 2016
Liam Neeson is the only one who did his job in this movie.
½ February 22, 2016
sooo bad I couldn't finish it
February 18, 2016
If Michael Keaton's "Batman" were Rated R it would be this cult classic. Admittedly it looks a little dated in 2016 but it was pretty fucking excellent in 1990. If only Liam had stuck around for the sequels.
½ February 15, 2016
I liked this film, it had a great time slot post watershed. It is an action movie with a lot of violence, there's a strong plotline and it was a taste of what was to come with a comic book feel.
February 14, 2016
Simply not interested
February 1, 2016
bonkers, maniacal, and deliriously over the top horror, cartoon, superhero movie by Sam Raimi. if you like Raimi's visual wit and playfulness there's tons to live here but it's not a movie for everybody.
January 31, 2016
This unique, cheesy, yet gleefully twisted antihero movie by Sam Raimi feels dated for sure, and it is not for those who prefer today's visual effects-driven superhero films. But when the action explodes on screen, it's pretty damn entertaining. I also enjoyed the arc and psychological transformation that the protagonist goes through during the course of the film, and I commend Raimi for trying to make an original superhero film with some thematic depths, instead of a mindless, fun popcorn entertainment. Love the use of practical effects such as the makeup and stop-motion. Danny Elfman's whimsical score adds more layers to the story, and Liam Neeson is rather good as Darkman. It's not a great film, but for what it is it's quite enjoyable.
January 27, 2016
The best part of this is Danny Elfman's score.
½ January 26, 2016
Never saw a movie that either both or one of the Coen brothers was involved in that I didn't like.
½ January 24, 2016
After being denied the movie rights to The Shadow, which would be brought to the big screen 4 years later (badly), Sam Raimi created this unique, pulpy, gruesome, and darkly funny superhero thriller. Liam Neeson is at the top of his typically-badass game, even raising the hamminess just enough to bring the welcome Raimi camp. The quirky ensemble help accentuate the already warped and loopy environment. There's even a few fun blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameos that are sure to bring a smile and/or chuckle. 'Darkman' is a must-see for anyone who loves superhero movies with a wicked edge.
January 22, 2016
its a pretty good movie
January 12, 2016
Felt like an old school Tim Burton movie.
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