Sam Raimi has always been an amazing director, marking his territory as a stylish director with the insane Evil Dead films, which managed to scare and delight audiences while being made on a miniscule budget. Usually when a director is given a bigger budget they tend to overdo things because they have the budget to. But not Raimi. His first big budget Hollywood film Darkman has a far better storyline and isn't a film that relies on fx to get peoples attention. The story of a scientist, Dr Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) who is slain by an evil mob killer (deliciously played by Larry Drake, and as unlike his LA Law character as you could possibly get) and seeks revenge while trying to save the girl he loves (Frances McDormand) could be your usual B movie fodder. But Raimi adds so much more to it. Neeson plays the dual roles of Darkman and Westlake well, especially when he is trying to control the rage that is inside him as Westlake, and destroy the evil that surrounds him as Darkman. Frances McDormand (in one of her only mainstream movie appearances) isn't your usual damsel in distress, and you see more of a relationship between them than in most films of the genre where the woman is just the bait for the evil killer. In many ways this film is like David Cronenbergs The Fly focusing on what happens to a man who is thrown into a situation he cannot control, and Raimi's visual flair is reminiscent of the dark gothic feel of the first (and best) Batman film. All in all a classic of the horror genre with some dark humour and great action set-pieces (the demolition site finale is great) plus a lovely Raimi afficiando in joke at the end makes this more than just an expensive B movie. I can't wait to see what Raimi does with Spiderman!