Friday, January 29, 2016

Movie review: Darkman

Almost killed by gangsters in an explosion, a scientist survives to become Darkman; an incredibly strong, devious, and emotionally tormented antihero.

Liam Neeson (Peyton/Darkman), Frances McDormand (Julie), Colin Friels (Louis), Larry Drake (Durant), Nelson Mashita (Yakitito), Jessie Ferguson (Eddie), Ted Raimi (Rick), Rafael Robledo (Guzman), Dan Hicks (Skip).

Darkman begins well enough with some character introductions and plot setup before the film settles into a decent pace of action and horror punctuated with drama. The story evolves well and holds interest nicely as we watch Peyton's life disintegrate despite his efforts. The plot shifts strongly as Peyton transforms into Darkman and ironically takes control of his now destroyed life.

Acting was pretty good with Neeson doing a much better job as Darkman than he did as Peyton. McDormand was solid if somewhat bland. Drake was a good addition, bringing a darkness to the film and driving the horror. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid and delivered well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are nicely done with a big-budget feel throughout. Action scenes were plentiful and nicely done, though the film is starting to show some age with obvious, almost comical, CGI at times. Dialogue was decent with only a few campy moments. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Though showing some age at this point, Darkman remains an enjoyable horror flick due to good technical work, acting, and entertaining plot. Horror fans should put this one on their Must See list if they haven't seen it yet.

With some disturbing images, gore, and violence this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 1990
Reviewed: 1.12.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Action & Adventure, Comic book movies, Crime Action & Adventure, Horror Thrillers

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