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Darkman (1990)

August. 24,1990
| Action Thriller Science Fiction

Dr. Peyton Westlake is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when his laboratory is destroyed by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with a former love.


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Am i only the one of few who thought this movie was trash !unless most of the reviews were written by junior school kids .the plot was terrible ,acting was terrible ,i actually turned it of ten minutes before the end because i was so bored with the same old plot.no real story behind it except for a document that i cant even remember what it was about.he had no super powers i can remember except he didn't feel pain ,and was a bit stronger than others ,could he take a bullet hmm not sure ,just made no sense ,shoulda called it mr.crispy ,really bad film with awful acting ,i wonder how he made a rubber willy for himself ??


Sam Raimi's trial run for the Spider-Man franchise is a whole bunch of fun. Liam Neeson plays Dr. Peyton Westlake, a super scientist who after a major run-in with the villainous Robert G. Durant (Larry Drake), reinvents himself as Darkman, a super-anti-hero who sets about ridding L.A. of its mobsters.It's a comic book film that isn't based on a comic book, Raimi inventing his own tortured protagonist whilst homaging similar beings of eras past. All the silliness of such fare is here of course, overblown violence and colourful characters are frequent, but there's good thought gone into the revenge theme, while the action sequences are often excellent. The pace hardly sags, as Raimi's creations move about a Los Angeles that is equally decaying or affluent, and in Neeson the story has a lead actor with swagger, pathos and emotional force in abundance. 7/10


Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels and Larry Drake star in Sam Raimi's 1990 action film. Neeson (Taken) plays scientist, Peyton Westlake who is on the verge of completing a synthetic skin experiment. Soon, he's badly burned and left for dead after a gang of thugs break into his lab seeking a document. Peyton hides in the shadows desperately trying to regain his life and exacts revenge on them and their boss, Robert Durant (Drake) by cleverly disguising himself with their looks. McDormand (Fargo) plays Peyton's girlfriend, Julie Hastings who is a lawyer and Friels plays her crooked, business partner, Louis Strack who is the one pulling Durant's strings. Raimi's brother, Ted appears briefly as Rick, one of Durant's thugs, Director, John Landis and his "An American Werewolf in London" co-star, Jenny Agutter also make cameos along with Raimi and Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead). This a good action/revenge flick with Gothic, comic book and slapstick aspects. Neeson is great as usual, He & McDormand have good chemistry, Danny Elfman's score is great as usual and Tony Gardner's make-up effects are also great. I recommend this.


Dr. Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) has created a formula to produce synthetic skin. The skin isn't stable, however, and deteriorates after 99 minutes. While working in the lab, he's attacked by gangster Robert Durant (Larry Drake) and left for dead. Durant and his hoods were searching for documents taken by Westlake's girlfriend, attorney Julie Hastings (Frances McDormand). Horribly burned, Westlake uses his synthetic skin to create temporary disguises for himself so he can exact his revenge on Durant and the man behind him, Louis Strack (Colin Friels).Sam Raimi's first foray into the superhero movie gives us an original creation of his, after he was turned down for doing both Batman and The Shadow on the big screen. It's a darkly stylish film that hits on all the familiar superhero/vigilante tropes with campy glee. Raimi paints a beautiful picture with many scenes and imagery that typify comic book storytelling. It doesn't take much of a stretch to visualize what kind of Batman movie Raimi would have done. I think it would have been very similar to the Burton films but heavier on the camp.Great direction from Raimi, quality acting from the cast, and a nice Danny Elfman score make this one you should definitely check out. Darkman is a highly entertaining ride that gives you lots of action, humor, and pathos. In short, it's a great comic book movie.