Darkman

1990

Action / Crime / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83% · 65 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59% · 50K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.4/10 10 69983 70K

Director

Top cast

Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake / Darkman
Neal McDonough as Dockworker #2
Jenny Agutter as Burn Doctor
Bruce Campbell as Final Shemp
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752.78 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 36 min
Seeds 11
1.44 GB
1920*1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 36 min
Seeds 38
4.28 GB
3840*2076
English 5.1
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
Seeds 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by underfire35 7 / 10

What to say about DARKMAN?

DARKMAN is a comic book inspired romp, directed by Sam Raimi (of EVIL DEAD fame). The main character was created by Raimi (as well as 5-6 other screen writers) after the rights to make THE SHADOW fell through.

The film THE SHADOW was eventually made, not by Raimi, and will be dealt with at a later time. Anyway, they secured Liam Neeson (who, keep in mind, was easier to get coming off of supporting roles in KRULL and NEXT OF KIN) to play the lead role; he would later go on to acclaim in SCHINDLER'S LIST. Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, and Larry "DR GIGGLES" Drake round out the cast.

OK, you've got Dr. Peyton Westlake who is in the process of inventing artificial skin, some bad guys blow him up good, and through a dubious operation he now feels no pain at all. This last fact is important because he is horribly burned all over his body, a fact that he attempts to hide by wearing a very cinematic trench-coat and fedora. He takes to dispatching the said bad guys who ruined his life one by one, etc. He also tries to rekindle the flame of his lost love and perfect the fake skin, all against the backdrop of a quasi-mystery involving corporate greed.

Is DARKMAN a great film?: No. Is it extremely fun to watch?: It is.

With all the goofy happenings, implausible situations, mustache twirling bad guys and the melodramatic inner conflict within the main character, the film has a sense of humor and a sly self awareness. DARKMAN charges headlong through the thin material with a wonderful visual style and camp sensibility. The performances are good and there are several clever scenes (ex: the two Drakes in the revolving door), to keep you watching. It is a tongue-in-cheek precursor to what Raimi & Co. would do down the road in ARMY OF DARKNESS, and should be of interest to film buffs at least.

Quick Trivia: When Liam Neeson stumbles out of the alley near the beginning of the film, he is splashed with water. The person who threw the bucket of water, was none other than Danny Elfman (who composed the score for DARKMAN). He was there visiting the set that day, and Sam Raimi felt he should be more "hands on" in the production. 7/10

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 8 / 10

wonderful Sam Raimi creation

Robert Durant (Larry Drake) is a ruthless gangster who likes to collect the fingers of his enemies. Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) is a scientist working on a liquid skin but it has a fatal flaw of breaking down in the sunlight after 99 minutes. His lawyer girlfriend Julie Hastings (Frances McDormand) uncovers an incriminating memo from developer Louis Strack Jr. (Colin Friels). Louis sends Durant and his thugs to retrieve the memo. They kill Peyton's assistant, destroy his lab and leave him for dead. Peyton is assumed dead and barely survives as John Doe. His doctor severs his pain nerves. It leaves him with bouts of anger and unnatural power. He reconstitute his lab and creates masks of Durant's gang to cause chaos within the crime family. He recreates his face to reconnect with Julie. He becomes Darkman.

This is a wonderful creation by Sam Raimi. He uses a lot of his horror experience to bring a style and special effects skill to the movie. It certainly is a nice progression for him from Evil Dead to Spider-Man. The only drawback for me is the 99 minutes. It would be even more compelling if the skin would disintegrate with sunlight. It would mean that Darkman would have exist in the dark. It would simplify his identity and make it real cool. He would be Dracula where his face melts in sunlight. The acting is top notch. It's a great entry in the comic-book style movie.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 8 / 10

Very good film

I do like superhero movies, and I thoroughly enjoyed Darkman, even in its moments where the story was a little on the ridiculous side and was not always coherent though it did have its innovative and interesting parts. However, the visuals were stunning, very dark and haunting complete with well-crafted effects, and the music and sound are of top notch quality too. The film goes at a fast pace, has good thoughtful dialogue, exciting action and very well done characters especially the title character. Sam Raimi's direction is dead on too, and the acting is great. Liam Neeson is wonderful, Larry Drake is very enjoyable as the main villain and Frances McDormand also convinces though her character isn't as interesting as Neeson and Drake's. All in all, a very good film. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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