Dr. Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) is on the verge of realising a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when a gang, led by the sadistic Robert G. Durant (Larry Drake), obliterates his laboratory. Burned beyond recognition, Westlake attempts to rebuild his laboratory. Torn between his desire to create a new life with former girlfriend Julie (Frances McDormand) and his quest for revenge, the man known as Darkman begins to assume alternate identities and finds his most challenging task lies with himself...
Of its kind it's a rather good tale
- Darkman review by RP
Another darkly humorous film directed by Sam Raimi, 'Darkman' is a sort of comic-book tale – yet not based on a comic. It also has the advantage of having big-name actors Liam Neeson in the lead role and also Frances McNormand who went on the win a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the Coen brothers' 'Fargo'. 'Darkman' tells the tale of Peyton Westlake, a scientist working on synthetic skin whose face is hideously burned when gangsters bust up the lab. Westlake survives to take revenge, using the synthetic skin to disguise his disfigured face – but there's a catch: the synthetic skin only last for 99 minutes before disintegrating... Yes, it's all most unlikely, but of its kind it's a rather good tale. Recommended – 3/5 stars. Or should that be 4 stars?
This film has the air of a 1960's cheap Hammer horror film. Poor story (contrived). Remenicent of the Phantom of the Opera. Poor production/ effects. The well known actors do not help retrieve the film.