Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995)
Darkman II: The Return of Durant Plot Synopsis:Darkman, who has, since the first film, devoted his life to perfecting his synthetic skin and fighting crime, is horrified to learn that his old foe, Robert G. Durant, is alive. Durant wastes no time taking control of his old business. He releases an insane weapons developer from a mental institution, and uses him to create a deadly laser weapon. Now, with the help of his disguises and inhuman strength, Darkman must forever rid the world of Durant.
Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995) Review
Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995) is a 93 minute long American/Canadian action-crime superhero film that was shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is a sequel to Darkman (1990). Bradford May (Hawaii Five-O (1968), JAG (1995), Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996)) did an average job executing the brutally violent movie that contains bad language, drug use, and provocative strip club dancing.
Darkman II: The Return of Durant did a great job introducing the main characters and their back story. Peyton Westlake/Darkman (Arnold Vosloo - Blood Diamond (2006), The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), Hard Target (1993)) is a scientist that steals from gangs. He moved to an abandoned building that has access to an abandoned subway track and still works on his synthetic skin by stealing money from gangs. Peyton is determined to execute his synthetic/artificial skin to perfection which only has a timeframe of 99 minutes before it breaks down as a result of the light cells.
I was beyond amazed to see Robert G. Durant alive and well after being in the middle of a helicopter crash and explosions - how in the world can anyone survive that? I thought he was dead but he miraculously awakens from a coma, so he is alive. Robert (Larry Drake - L.A. Law (1986), Darkman (1990), Bean (1997), American Pie 2 (2001)) plans on gaining power in the city’s criminal underworld by breaking out a prison inmate, Alfred Hathaway. He plans on making Alfred (Lawrence Dane - Scanners (1981), Bride of Chucky (1998), Happy Birthday to Me (1981), Senior Trip (1995)) build a particle-beam weapon to help him take control of the criminal underworld.
Peyton later meets scientist David Brinkman (Jesse Collins - Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop (1988), The Santa Clause (1994), Edison: The Wizard of Light (1998)) who has past the 99-minute timeframe for the synthetic skin formula. Robert’s men offer Peyton to buy his building, but he refuses so there was an order on David’s head, in other words, Robert order his men to kill David. Peyton discovered that Robert is still alive after seeing David’s body with a finger missing which is Robert’s sign/mark meanwhile reporter Jill Randall (Kim Delaney) discovers that Peyton is still alive. The movie flowed well and was captivating enough to keep me from looking at the time. All aspects of this film are average including the acting, cinematography, sound, special effects, sets and basically everything resulting in the movie receiving a score of 6.
- Darkman II: The Return of Durant Rating Scores
- Our Score: 6
- Overall Score: 4.70
- IMDB: 5.1
- Rotten Tomatoes: 2.9
Runtime: 93 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
Total Avg. Votes: 4,229 MPAA Rating: R
Darkman II: The Return of Durant Writers: Robert Eisele, Lawrence Hertzog, Steven McKay
Darkman II: The Return of Durant Director: Bradford May
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
Country: USA, Canada