Darkman II: The Return of Durant


Darkman II: The Return of Durant

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Darkman is up to his old tricks. He's robbing from the criminals and keeping for himself so he can further perfect his synthetic skin which dissolves after 99 minutes in the light. His old arch-nemesis, Robert Durrant (Larry Drake) returns, having survived the helicopter crash in the first film. Durant attempts to rebuild his crumbling empire by devising a new particle gun to sell on the market. After Durant kills a young scientist for his warehouse, Darkman goes on a rampage, vowing to destroy Durant once and for all. Darkman concocts masks of his enemies and infiltrates Durant's gang, turning everyone on themselves. This sequel is above the typical direct-to-video quality and director May has captured Raimi's comic-book style, but the energy that propelled the original is sorely missing here. Welcome back is Drake who once again astonishes with a gleefully maniacal performance, rightfully stealing the show. Replacing the title character is Arnold Vosloo, who coolly plays Darkman without the enraged melodramatics Liam Neeson brought to his portrayal of the tormented hero. This sequel was actually filmed after Darkman III: Die, Darkman, Die but was released on video first despite the fact that Universal thought it looked good enough to release into theaters. ~ Sean D. MacLaggan, Rovi

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Arnold Vosloo
as Darkman/Dr. Peyton Westlake
Renée O'Connor
as Laurie Brinkman
Kim Delaney
as Jill Randall
as Ivan Druganov
Sten Eirik
as Whitey
Jack Langedijk
as Rollo Latham
David Clement
as Det. Stringer
Jesse Collins
as Dr. David Brinkman
Lawrence Z. Dane
as Dr. Hathaway
Graham Rowatt
as Producer Bob
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Critic Reviews for Darkman II: The Return of Durant

All Critics (7) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (5)

  • Doesn't quite match the maniacal tone from Raimi's film, but sticks true to the neo-pulp whimsy that the first film paid tribute to.

    Mar 13, 2014 | Full Review…
  • "Fun enough junk" would be a fair way to describe both Darkman sequels.

    Aug 13, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Weak sequel.

    Sep 22, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • Horrible sequel, even for straight-to-video fare. Why would Durant be a big villain? He was a henchman. Darkman III was a tad better, but both sequels lack the Raimi touch.

    Jul 14, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

Audience Reviews for Darkman II: The Return of Durant

  • Nov 19, 2016
    The comicbook character that was never actually a comicbook returns in this straight to video/made for TV-esque romp. Originally created by Sam Raimi but serving as executive producer on this sequel, his influence is still a strong presence. The film starts out in much the same way as the original with the same styled title/credit sequence along with a brief recap of the events that took place in the first movie. This is basically a highlight reel of the first film but with new scenes shot with Arnold Vosloo that replicate original scenes with previous lead man Liam Neeson. Overall this opening doesn't really help the movie as it does look very 'made for TV-esque'. So despite the cheap looking start the movie does actually get into gear pretty fast getting back to Raimi roots. Director Bradford May actually does a sterling job in recapturing that Raimi style that we all know and love from the original and the [i]Evil Dead[/i] franchise. You all know what I mean, that kind of cheap looking, tacky, sleazy visual flare with very simplistic yet effective special effects. Its hard to describe but Raimi has the knack of making genuinely authentic looking shabby comicbook flicks. This movie also feels very similar in tone to 'Robocop 2' I think, with the over the top, anarchic violence and gallows humour. The beginning of the movie also seems structured in a similar way, showcasing a short action sequence with some faceless criminals who aren't part of the main plot. Its literally just a quick set up to show that Westlake is now a Batman-esque vigilante stopping crime. In said sequence Westlake/Darkman confronts a fleeing criminal. When the crook fires his gun at Westlake he calmly holds up a manhole cover to protect himself. But surely the randomly fired bullets could of gone anywhere and the crook could easily of shot him elsewhere after he lowers the cover. Typical early 90's superhero silliness really. The crook then blurts out [i]'what are you?!'[/i], Westlake/Darkman replies coolly, [i]'I'm just a concerned citizen'[/i], before taking the perp down. A perfect Batman 89 rip-off moment and a perfect piece of cheese no doubt. What's kinda amusing though is essentially Darkman is just some bloke in bandages (wouldn't a balaclava be easier?), wearing a black trench coat and a black fedora, yet the crook acts as if he's some kind of mythical superhero. So now Westlake is living under the city in some abandoned railway line or subway or something, he even has his own railway/subway train thing that he flies around beneath the city with. Of course there is absolutely no explanation as to how he manages all this without getting discovered or how he even got down there and set it all up so don't question it. He funds all this by stopping criminals who just happen to have stolen large sums of cash, so he pinches the loot off them to use for himself. So essentially he's also stealing money or using stolen money on himself which is still kinda wrong...right? Anywho Westlake is still trying to create a synthetic skin that won't disintegrate which is the entire basis of this sequel. Once again Robert Durant (who somehow survived from the first movie with no explanation) is the thorn in his side. Long story short, Durant needs a large building to start up a weapons factory to become powerful once again. The building is already owned by a scientist (who is also working on synthetic skin) and his sister who won't sell up. Westlake teams up with said scientist because his research is getting good results. Durant kills said scientist so he can put pressure on the sister to sell the building. Westlake tries to defend the sister and stop Durant. Its a pretty predictable pattern for this movie in all honesty, they haven't really stayed too far from the original premise. Bringing back Durant seems like a big stretch seeing as he was basically killed in the first movie, but I guess Larry Drake was such a good baddie they needed him back at all costs. Durant's small crew of henchmen are a wondrous example of classic 90's stereotypical cliches. All white males that look and dress like greasy yuppies straight off the set of 'Wall Street'. In fact none of them are in the least bit threatening at all, they are clearly more for comedic relief and buffoonish if anything. Arnold Vosloo steps in for Liam Neeson and does a surprisingly good job! I really expected the acting to be dire and with little heart and soul but Vosloo does fit the bill nicely. Naturally you shouldn't expect anything epic as this feature is a pure slice of trashy comicbook hokem which I'm sure the actors were well aware of, but it all works nicely. The makeup for Westlake is once again very good but not quite as good as the original movie. The detail is there but Westlake's face isn't quite as moist and raw looking, it looks a bit more rubbery this time around, but still decent. Action is satisfactory, nothing to shout about, nothing overly grandiose, mainly fisticuffs. Like the first movie its limited by budget and does look a tad cheap at times, but it all adds to the charm of the franchise really. Its fun watching Westlake utilise his synthetic skin to become a double of the various baddies (although this happens in the first movie also), its quirky, stupid, slapstick-esque fun for sure. But ultimately it makes no sense in the finale as he's swapping masks willy-nilly, I thought it was a time consuming process to put these masks on? With its tongue firmly planted within its cheek, this movie certainly achieves what it set out to do, and that was to try and stand side by side with the original. Yes this movie isn't great by any means, but it is just about on par with the first in my humble opinion. The visuals, the gritty seedy trashy atmosphere, all the usual comicbook tropes such as struggling with inner rage, an underground lair, hero shots, shadows etc...Its all here and it all looks like a solid continuation from the first flick, which again is kinda surprising. Yes you could say Darkman II is basically repeating itself by having Westlake kill Durant and his henchmen all over again, and you'd be right. But at the end of the day if you liked the first then I'm sure this will suffice.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2016
    A stereotypical revenge thriller, Darkman II: The Return of Durant is a marketable improvement over the original. When the notorious crime boss Robert Durant awakens from a coma he attempts to reclaim the black arms market by introducing next generation laser weapons, but the vigilante Darkman is alerted to his scheme when Durant murders a scientist in order to acquire a facility for his weapons manufacturing plant. Arnold Vosloo is recast as Peyton Westlake/Darkman and gives a strong performance. And the writing, although formulaic, does a good job at setting up the characters and at developing the plot. Yet the low production budget shows, and limits what the film's able to do. Still, for what it is, Darkman II: The Return of Durant is an entertaining action film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2010
    "Aren't you the pretty one?" Darkman 2: The Return of Durant starts out with the ludicrous request that we all believe crime boss Durant could have survived that massive helicopter crash at the end of the first film. Incredibly, the almighty Robert G. Durant awakes from a three year coma to take control of his territory, and seems to be having a good time doing it. Peyton Westlake (played by the Mummy's Arnold Vosloo) meets another scientist, David Brinkman, working on the same formula for synthetic skin that he has been trying to figure out, and Brinkman has made huge improvements. Brinkman proposes a partnership, which Westlake eagerly accepts. Sadly, Brinkman happens to live in a huge warehouse that Durant wants to buy because it is the ideal factory to construct illegal weapons, but Brinkman doesn't want to sell. The expected 'convincing' ends in Brinkman's death, and Westlake has to suffer through the loss of another partner. Kim Delaney plays a tenacious reporter, too bad her stint here is so brief.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2009
    What change the actor in a Super Hero Movie, well it happen in Batman, Superman, now in Darkman, But I ask you is Darkman really a Super Hero. Anyway we have a new Darkman, but I don't understand why they didn't just put in the movie that Darkman whipped himself up a new and better face. And my favorite Villain Larry Drake rose from the dead, he had to no one survives a helicopter crash that hits a bridge and explodes, but we see him come back to life out of a coma, and after that fiery crash, what no burns. am I to believe that, it would have played much better if he was burned and went after Darkmans formula, Right about now the director is saying hey why didn't I think of that. Anyway I'm glad I got the Darkman Trilogy for $9.99 which is about $5.00 to much, I pity the fool that seen this on the big screen when it came out. More like made for TV, but with the action it just makes 3 stars, Its in my collection but only because its a freebie. I can only hope Darkman 3 is better.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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