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½ September 10, 2017
Tim Burton's Batman made such an impression in the late 80's that another dark knight had to be done, and it sure was - nearly the same way. Dark Man had the slum version of the Batcave, similar music composition (which by the way was composed by Batman's own - Danny Elfman) and bandages for an evasive mask. However, there was something indeed different about this character, quite possibly more innovative then that of the cape crusader. The way he eliminated his enemies, how he continued with his love affair and how he overcame it all without any fancy gadgets.
½ September 7, 2017
Liam Neeson is the star attraction in this film, which shows the limitations of its time and budget. Good plot and action sequences help move it along. Not afraid to be "dark" at times it has an edge to it that is not often bettered.
August 16, 2017
With a Raimi film you expect madness with a campy tone -- you get it here. The main plot of a scientist gone mad in his quest for revenge after he is left for dead is an interesting one, and the way it's used to create a comic book character from the ground up is admirable, but the abundance of side plots and a lack of focused narrative makes this a somewhat messy film. That being said, Raimi's eccentric visuals and thrilling action sequences, combined with Danny Elfman's fantastic score, elevate this to above average and make it a decently entertaining and, quite frankly, very unique watch.
July 22, 2017
"Oh Liam. What were you thinking"
My Wife 2017
June 24, 2017
Now very dated looking superhero movie with a lousy script but some deft directing and camera work and a terrific helicopter chase.
June 15, 2017
Loved it! Liam Neeson was hilarious and perfect for the role! A flawed superhero with a heart of gold. Superb job done by Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand makes a formidable villain. Loved the circus part when Neeson plays the baseball game and gets gets mad when he doesn't get a prize, "here take the freaking pink elephant" hilarious lol! Five stars bravo!
½ June 3, 2017
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Sadly enough 2 & 3 are even worse
May 6, 2017
Liam Neeson does well in his role, but the movie contained many elements that seemed unrealistic.
½ April 9, 2017
This film has some cool visuals and interesting make up effects, unfortunately even the powerhouse cast can't save this overwrought horror flick. Sam Raimi's heavy handed direction only adds to the melodramatic acting. However, despite all its shortcomings it still makes for diverting entertainment on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
½ March 29, 2017
Liam Neeson is a good action star!
January 31, 2017
It's good movie to watch
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.
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