In director Sam Raimi’s moody, intense thriller, brilliant scientist Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) is almost killed by gangsters in a massive explosion. Unstable and disfigured, Peyton becomes Darkman, an impossibly strong, tormented antihero. Able to spend only moments in the sunlight, Darkman begins a quest to rekindle his love with his girlfriend (Frances McDormand), who he’s held at a distance, and to take vengeance on his enemies. (From Netflix.)
Darkman was Chuck Pfarrer’s second produced screenplay for Universal Pictures, penning the initial script from Sam Raimi’s original story idea.
“Though Raimi seems to be trying to restrain himself, his giddily sick sense of humor still pops out all over the place — “Darkman” is a frenetic funhouse ride that has you laughing and screaming at the same time.”
Joe Brown, The Washington Post
Watch the late Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert give Darkman two thumbs up: