Cinema: Ka-Boom!

DARKMAN Directed by Sam Raimi

Screenplay by Chuck Pfarrer, Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Daniel Goldin and Joshua Goldin

Darkman wants to be Batman. Its hero, a scientist (Liam Neeson) scarred in body and soul after being left for dead by venal thugs, is a cloaked crusader bent more on vengeance than on justice. Director Sam Raimi, whose cheapo slasher film The Evil Dead achieved cult status, mines familiar comic-book terrain with a plucky heroine (Frances McDormand), a couple of corporate villains -- one slick (Colin Friels), the other slimy (Larry Drake) -- and plenty of explosive violence that virtually reads KA-BOOM!...

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