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Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Robert Durant (Larry Drake)

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Film: Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1994)
Deceased Character: Robert Durant (Larry Drake)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed by: Darkman (Arnold Vosloo)
Killed with: Car Bomb

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 14th May 2006

Kindly submitted by Kooshmeister

Against all odds, the scriptwriters penning the sequel to Darkman could not think of a villain as good as the one in the first film. Their solution was simple: Crime boss Robert G. Durant (q.v.) survived the helicopter crash which seemingly killed him towards the end of the first film. As we're told at the beginning, the crash merely put him into a coma. And in this direct-to-video sequel, he's back to try his hand at being the arch-villain after waking up. Questions like, "why didn't Darkman go to the hospital and finish him off while he was in the coma?", have to remain unanswered.

Durant's final demise is not as satisfying as his first one though. First, Durant, worried about Darkman coming after him, has his stretch limo fitted with Kevlar armor and bulletproof glass, turning it into "a fortress." Little does Durant know that Darkman has a surprise for him.

Earlier in the film, we had seen Darkman terrorizing his pet cat with a remote control rat toy. After overhearing Durant talking to his henchman Ivan about the "modifications" to the limo, Darkman, disguised as Ivan, breaks in to the auto shop to make some modifications of his own. He takes the remote control device from the rat and puts it into the limo, thereby allowing him to control the car as he would the rat.

It is in this vehicle that Durant attempts to escape in at the end of the film, with Laurie Brinkman as his hostage. However, before he can leave the building, Darkman, using the remote control, stops the car and opens the passenger's side door for Laurie. She gets out and closes it, trapping Durant inside. Darkman then begins to drive the limo around wildly in the parking lot outside of Brinkman Electric, as Durant screams. Finally, Darkman stops the car, and Durant notices that there's a bomb in the glove compartment, along with the now-disemboweled toy rat and a camera that allows Darkman to voyeuristically watch his enemy's final moments.

"Careful," Darkman says of the rat as Durant examines it, "he bites." Realizing he's a goner, Durant screams in rage, "You son of a bitch!" just before the bomb goes off, blowing the limo, and Durant, to smithereens. Remaining to watch it burn, Darkman says, "This time it's forever."*

*obviously nothing in Hollywood is forever, as is displayed by Durant’s return in this film

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This review has 7 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Mr. Brigg's ink' (reply to this comment)

"Machinery" (The car)
"Final Conflict" (If you take Eicholtz' suggestion)
"Ironic" (animal toy triggering bomb)
Comment 2 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
how odd, i added a load of categories to that a moment ago....
Comment 3 by '(hopefully my last message as) Mr. Br' (reply to this comment)
How is it "Cheating Death" That would have been last film as he does not survive this one.
I'm pretty sure the insides of the car light on fire, ("Combustion")
"Machinery", as it is a car Westlake has under control
Again, in the category suggestion thread, Eicholtz suggested "Final Conflict" is you are interested.
Comment 4 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
You're right, I just hadn't seen Darkman II at the time I wrote up Durant's death in the first film. I tried to amend things by adding the "Cheating Death" category to his second death, but ended up botching things up.
Comment 5 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
i have made the necessary adjustments.

I am not adding machinery though, as a car, while a machine, does not kill him directly. i also think that it isn't combustion as he is blown to smithereens and does not really combust (i.e. we dont see him flapping around aflame).

I have no idea what "final conflict" is about, seems more like a situation to me than a death type. maybe Mr Eichholtz will explain his reasoning.
Comment 6 by 'Mr. Brigg's ink' (reply to this comment)
I am not adding machinery though, as a car, while a machine, does not kill him directly.
Darkman uses Durant's own locks against him, as Durant could have easily jumped out otherwise. The flames were more of a finisher. As for "Final Conflict" we have similar death types, ("Master/Pupil" "Chase") (although I don't know if this is what Eicholtz meant)
Comment 7 by 'Karl_Eichholtz_13' (reply to this comment)
will darkman leave the rest of durant's punishment for killing brnkman to the devil?