The film begins with a re-shot version (to omit Liam Neeson) of the Darkman background information. For those who don't follow failed 1990's super-hero movie films, our hero was Dr. Westlake, a man who made Mr. Durant mad. In turn, the guy made a giant explosion that disfigured our hero, but also gave him super-strength. Please don't make me explain that part. Anyhow, our hero can make synthetic skin to take someone's face...but only for 99 minutes at a time. He became Darkman and got revenge on him by impersonating him using the skin. In the end, he locked Durant's helicopter to a moving train and it crashed into a tunnel. Mind you, this all happened in the first Darkman, a movie you probably should check out. In this second film, a pair of gang rivals have a car chase/shoot-out. One of them steals a briefcase full of money (ah, the days before electronic banking), but runs into Darkman. He shoots at him, but our hero blocks the bullets with a sewer grate. Um, you know that those have holes in them, right? Our hero knocks out the man, steals the money and goes to his lair. Hurray?
Monday, May 3, 2010
Forgotten Sequels: Darkman II- The Return of Durant
The Direct-To-Video market is by a no means a new thing and it's resurgence today is a sign of how history repeats itself. In the 1990s, the market was huge and people could make any bad movie they wanted. The odds were in favor of them at least recouping their investment due to a strong audience of viewers. As such, Sam Raimi and company thought to make some more money off of their superhero film that failed to match the success of the Batman series. They made two Direct-to-Video sequels to the film, although there is not as much carry-over as you would think. The role of Darkman was recast as Arnold Vosloo, who had just come off of playing the henchmen in Hard Target, a film co-produced by Raimi. There's also a bit of foreshadowing in casting for this film, but I'll get to that later. This is...