|Liam Neeson||Peyton Westlake/Darkman|
|Frances McDormand||Julie Hastings|
|Colin Friels||Louis Strack Jr|
|Larry Drake||Robert G. Durant||Sam Raimi||Story, Director|
|Scientist Dr Peyton Westlake is on the
verge of a scientific breakthrough - a synthetic skin which can help
burn victims. The only problem is that the current versions of the skin
that Westlake is working on only has a lifespan of 99 minutes before
|Although he survived the vicious attack
and the explosion, Peyton's face and hands are burned beyond
|Peyton also uses the synthetic skin to
appear how he used to before the explosion and tries to resume his life
with Julie, but his violent outbursts start to get in the way.
|A good movie from Sam Raimi,
this being his first movie for a major studio.
The movie shows a lot of pulp and comic book influences: the Darkman
character is reminiscent of The Shadow, whom Raimi had originally wanted
to make a movie about. The 'origin' of Darkman also has
similarities to Marvel Comics' origin of 'Captain America'
and their inappropriately-named 'Man Thing'. The atmosphere is
suitably dark but also shows touches of (dark) humour - the scene where
Darkman shoves gang member Rick (Ted Raimi) out of a sewer
is not out of place in a Warner Brothers' cartoon!
Originally the role of Peyton Westlake/Darkman was intended for Bruce Campbell, but the studio was not keen, so auditions were held and Neeson won the part.
Colin Fries and Larry Drake both seem to relish their roles as Strack and Durant. Drake would get to reprise his role as Robert G. Durant in Darkman II: The Return of Durant.
Frances McDormand is only average in her role as Julie Hastings, but
that is perhaps understandable considering that she has the only (main)