Peyton Westlake is a scientist who has discovered a way to produce synthetic skin. This could revolutionise skin grafting, except for one minor glitch; the synthetic skin degrades after 100 minutes of exposure to light. When gangsters attack Peyton, he is horrifically burnt, and assumed dead. In his quest for revenge, Peyton, aka the Darkman, is able to take on the appearance of anyone (using the synthetic skin,) but he only has 100 minutes per disguise.Written by
The script went through twelve drafts overall. The reason is because Sam Raimi wanted to explore Peyton/Darkman's arc over the course of the film. He said: "I decided to explore a man's soul. In the beginning, a sympathetic, sincere man. In the middle, a vengeful man committing heinous acts against his enemies, and in the end, a man full of self-hatred for what he's become, who must drift off into the night, into a world apart from everyone he knows, and all the things he loves." See more »
When Louis Strack Jr, Julie and Paynton are on top of the building at the end, Louis shouts " I built it all" and it shows he is not holding a gun, but in the next shot he is clearly holding a gun. See more »
'Cause he's an asshole! Tell him no. Tell him no, too. Him, tell "fuck you." No, I'm gonna be here a minute. Got some guy coming up who thinks he's gonna muscle me out of my property. What's it matter! Just another tough guy, that's all.
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The opening credit sequence is full of dark clouds and brief images of Darkman. The second A in the title is shaped like Darkman's silhouette. See more »
I saw Darkman on the SciFi Channel and was very impressed. Liam Neeson is an excellent actor, and brought a lot of humanity to the role. I'm used to seeing him play calm, cool characters, so it was kind of surprising watching him flip out in some scenes. The script is clever and original, the climactic battle on the helicopter will leave you breathless, the FX are great, the music by Danny Elfman is good, and the cast is top-notch. recommended.
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