This sequel impresses with it's production values, almost matching those of the original - it certainly doesn't look like a straight-to-video movie. Director mimics Sam Raimi's crazy camera style only in certain scenes, making Darkman II more accesible in not as imaginative as it's predecessor. However, in the action stakes it's a case of, "What action?" as there is virtually none whatsoever, just some running around and avoiding bullets. While the original boasted a fantastic extended helicopter battle sequence as it's main action scene, he big set piece in TROD is a brief chase amongst the New York traffic. The only fight scene is wasted because we deliberately don't know exactly who it is fighting.
Taking over the title role, Arnold Vosloo a similar precense to Liam Neeson, but can't bring the frustration and tradgedy required to the part. He's not really helped by a script which gives him little to do but behave mysteriously, and get continually outwitted by the villains. Larry Drake adds class as Durrant, but he can't make up for a by-the-numbers plot and despately weak finale. Some poor CGI doesn't help either. The main gimmick of the series, that Darkman can disguise himself as anyone, is stubbornly repeated here in scenes taken almost shot-for-shot from the original. Darkman dresses as one of the bad guys, shocks said bad guy and knocks him out. Repeat for two hours and you have Darkman II.