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Darkman [HD DVD] [Import]
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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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“What is it about the dark? What secret does it hold?”
The above comes from this intriguing and different superhero action film that was directed and co-written by Sam Raimi.
This movie is based on a short story Raimi wrote to pay homage to Universal’s horror films of the 1930s.
Briefly, Liam Neeson stars as Peyton Westlake, a scientist who is attacked and left for dead by ruthless mobster, Robert G. Durant (Larry Drake), after his girlfriend (Frances McDormand) runs afoul of a corrupt developer (Colin Friels). Westlake, now as Darkman, seeks revenge.
Clearly, this would be a routine revenge movie were it not for the good acting of the key players, especially Neeson and Drake. Then you have the thrilling visual effects. Finally, there is witty dialogue.
Here is one of my favourite pieces of dialogue:
First thug: Bum leg?
Second thug: [Knocking on his wooden leg] No leg.
First thug: I was engaged to a girl once with a wooden leg.
Second thug: Yeah? What happened?
First thug: Had to break it off.
This movie is kind of like a “Phantom of the Opera” (but high-tech) as well as a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
I was impressed that Darkman is fully explored moving through the entire range of emotions, from timid romance to rage and despair.
The movie itself has a quirky scientific logic.
I also enjoyed the background music. It adds to each scene.
This movie is not for everyone. It is a fantasy movie that although violent provides interest and escapism. Above all, it is a highly original movie that seems to draw you in. I can see why it has become a cult favourite.
Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 1998) has three extras.Read more ›
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
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Fast delivery and in perfect order. I love this movie. One of my favorites.Published 21 months ago by Pier
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 morePublished on March 22 2014 by Amazon Customer
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
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 morePublished on May 15 2004 by Jon P. Whipple
I walked out of the theatre after about a half hour of this violent mess. I literally could not stomach such grossness. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004
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... Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by Nick
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