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  1. I found Darkman in a used DVD bin for $1 and picked it up this week though never heard of it before, doing so based on its cool looking DVD cover, low price, and one review looked up at the time in a VideoHound's Golden MovieRetriever volume I carried (bought used too). Smart phones with wifi would come in handy in those situations to get film reviews but you can't buy used smartphone service so what good is it? Don't think too hard about that. Later I discovered the film is directed and written by the same guy who directed and wrote the Spiderman trilogy 2002-2007, Sam Raimi. So that made me more surprised I never happened to hear or read of Darkman before. Rated R for violence. Watched it last night. It had sprinkles of what hit me like Ozploitation, maybe due to a slight low budget or dated look which was perhaps intentional, combined with, to quote someone's review of it, "exquisite violence". Visually it was slightly uneven but that's no way a deal breaker, that maybe enhanced it in a retro sort of way depending on taste. The action portions were really exciting and filmed interestingly. Avoiding spoilers...the helicopter & steel tower scenes near the end are great edge-of-your-seat action. Overall I liked it, but a review site I like said it was over the top and too offensive to admire. Due to violence I assume. To me it was less offensive than a zombies-eating-people-alive film I watched recently which the same film site accepted. For me it was pretty cool for $1 but maybe I'm misguided. Your take on Darkman? IMDb summary: 96 min - Action | Crime | Fantasy - 24 August 1990 (USA) A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive. Director: Sam Raimi Writers: Sam Raimi (story), Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay) Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake
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