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Darkman (Widescreen)

Liam Neeson , Frances McDormand , Sam Raimi    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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When attorney Julie Hastings (Frances McDormand) uncovers corrupt city real estate dealings, evil thugs attack her scientist boyfriend, Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson). Left for dead after his lab is detonated, he miraculously survives when the ensuing blast hurls him into the nearby harbor. Treated as a John Doe at a city hospital, he is unknowingly submitted to radical therapy which numbs his nerves to feeling--but which heightens his strength and his emotions. Once conscious, Peyton escapes from the hospital and builds a ramshackle lab in an abandoned industrial plant. Horribly burned and scarred by the lab explosion, he uses synthetic skin to impersonate his would-be murderers and seek retribution for their evil deeds. Peyton also tries to reunite with Julie, who believes him to be dead. While the film has an average script, it is overcome by the flashy cinematography of Bill Pope, the bombastic score by Danny Elfman, and the well-choreographed direction of Sam Raimi. The director confidently walks the line between suspense, action, comedy, and romance as he examines a bitter, victimized antihero who risks becoming as monstrous on the inside as he appears on the outside. --Bryan Reesman

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a comic, folks Sept. 11 2003
By A Customer
Although most of the reviews here are certainly positive, in the interest of objectivity I sometimes spend more time looking at the unfavorable ones. In the case of this particular film, the negative comments are rather silly. For what Sam Raimi obviously aspired to do here, this movie is close to perfect. It's a walking, talking comic book. Implausible situations, cartoonish characters -- well, that's the whole point. Trashing the film for these things is like saying, "pornography would be ok, if it didn't get people excited." Raimi delivered exactly the film that he meant to. If the dialogue rang a little bit too true, if Neeson's delivery wasn't quite over-the-top enough on that take...well, crank it up a little bit more. This is hardly my favorite film, it'll probably be a generation until I'm ready to sit through it again -- but there's scarcely a false note.
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By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
this movie is pretty good,all things considered.i'm sure it borrows
heavily from some horror movies in the 30's and 40's,as well as from
some more modern films.still,i liked it.it has a fairly original
premise,if you look at the small picture.the actual general plot has
been used a lot,but the details are somewhat different(although some
people might notice parallels between this one and another film,which
was released a bit before.i won't give any of the plot away
here,though.as for the acting,it's decent enough,but there not
spectacular.then again most of the actors have characters that have
little to do.except for Liam Neeson,who is superb,and puts in an award
winning performance,in my mind.of course it helps that he has a fairly
well defined character.at least more than the others do.the only thing
i didn't like about the movie,and this is a small complaint,is that i
felt it was slow at times.otherwise,i thought it was pretty good.not
profound,or great,but pretty good.my vote for Darkman: 3.5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Early Childhood Classic Feb. 3 2004
If your wondering what the title of my review means, it's because "Darkman" was a favorite movie of mine growing up. I think I was three or four years old when I saw it over and over again. Pretty young, huh? Anyway, "Darkman" is a twisted story of revenge and is entertaining thrill-ride from start to finish.
Director Sam Raimi, future commander of the "Spider-Man" blockbuster, shows us his talents by writing the screenplay of a dark tale that goes like this: an attorney named Julie (Frances McDormand) stumbles upon cover-up real estate dealings, then hoodlums brutally attack her scientist beau, Peyton Westlake(Liam Neeson) and leave him for dead. But Peyton miraculously lives, and is taken as a John Doe at a hospital. The obscure patient is yielded to breakthough, but extreme therapy which insenates his nerves to feelings and enhances his strength and emotions. Then Peyton unexpectedly awakens and escapes the hospital. He builds a dilapidated lab in an abandoned industrial plant. His terribly burned skin from the lab accident prompts him to develop synthetic skin in order to impersonate the thugs who horribly disfigured him. His revenge gives him a sign of life when he visits his love, Julie, who thought he died.
I thought it was an intriging plot, and the cinematography and fantastic score by Danny Elfman are highlights. I also loved the character Peyton, aka Darkman. He's a haunted soul and the ultimate anti-hero who can't view himself in the world because of his horribly scared skin. There's also great directing by Raimi, who balances suspense, action and moments of humor.
I'll always cherish "Darkman" because I never get sick of it. It will always be one of my favorite movies because it was a bear in memory from my childhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sam Raimi Superhero Classic June 17 2003
By Nick
Man oh man does Sam Raimi know how to make movies. From the Evil Dead Trilogy to Spider-Man. Darkman is in the middle of these great films starring Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake/Darkman and Larry Drake as Durant, the evil villain of the movie. The movie is a dark superhero film but it's no spider-man or superman. It's not based on a Marvel, D.C., or Dark Horse character, but based from the talented mind of Sam Raimi. It would be great to see comic books come out on this character though.
The is about Peyton Westlake, a very determind scientist researching skin replacements for people who have severly bad burned skin. As he is researching, his girlfriend stumbles upon secret papers at her work, that Durant wants that could get his employer in alot of trouble. So, Durant goes to Peyton's place and blows up the place, sending Peyton into a world of hell. Peyton is recovered with no I.D. because of his severly bad burnt hands along with a hideous freak accident burnt up face. Now, in revenge, Peyton sets out to get back those who ruined his life and his chance to marry his girlfriend.
It's an insanely wild movie that will guarantee fun and entertainment for all viewers. I haven't checked out the sequels, probably because they weren't directed by Sam Raimi and they came out straight to video tape. I heard they were ok, but not as good as its predecessor here, but I'll still check them out. For all of you Bruce Campbell fans out there (like me), Bruce has a little cameo at the end, so watch out for him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice upgrade
This Blu-ray from Shout Factory! is a nice upgrade from the previous Universal version — though mainly through it's extras and a new encode of the film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Comic THRILLER!!
I'm not a Darkman fan but I have to admit this movie was great. There is lots of good action and great lines. I certainly loved this movie. Great!
Published on June 17 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars snoopy133704
Darkman is one of the best Dark comicbook adaptations ever done. Sam Raimi directing Liam Neeson and a excellent cast in what I call a movie that i never tire of seeing( and i've... Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Jon P. Whipple
1.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Deserves 0 Stars
I walked out of the theatre after about a half hour of this violent mess. I literally could not stomach such grossness. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars This Ain't Superman
I've known about this film for years. I had the pleasure of finally seeing a couple of years ago before all of the Spider-mania. Read more
Published on April 16 2003 by Jay J. Banks
4.0 out of 5 stars it;s all in the eyes
I can understand why the producers cast Liam Neeson in this role. He has to express a great deal of emotion with his eyes alone that very few actors could have carried off. Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by Richard I. Caplan
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST Subtitles, Closed Captioning ever on DVD boo hoo!
I saw this on Australian TV recently and I presumes they got it form DVD source and it had the worst captioning , subtitles (even worse than Godzilla Matthew Broderick DVD even -... Read more
Published on March 25 2003 by Jose Bay
4.0 out of 5 stars Sam Raimi is king...
Hot off of "Evil Dead" and other successes, director/genius Sam Raimi set out to make a superhero movie: Raimi style! Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by L. Varnau
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Spider-Man, there was Darkman
Sam Raimi, brilliant director of the cult classic Evil Dead trilogy and the current blockbuster Spider-Man, directed this entertaining action yarn hot on the heels of 1989's hit... Read more
Published on June 27 2002 by N. Durham
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