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Edition No. 88

Date:- 28 February 2003

Film review:- Daredevil


THIS films stylization is very dark and based strongly on the first Daredevil comics.   It will give next years "Amazing Spider-Man" a run for its money.  The plot is very normal and predictable, young boy has an accident, gets special powers, has a tragedy and turns into a crime fighter.  However this one, rather than say superman who gives a lame excuse to leave his lover when he hears a voice saying help in order to rescue the victim.  Daredevil stays and has fun instead.   This is a very unusual approach to a film of this type, with strong dark humor and dark undertones to the plot. 

Equally the sets are dark and that is good in some respects, but it does looses its effect at times and does spoil some of the action sequences, that makes this a must see for any action hero fan.   If you don't already know, the story is about a child who is blinded by radioactive waste and as a man he uses his remaining enhanced senses to fight crime as a superhero.   The film is not as recycled as other action hero films tend to be and explores new angles, thanks to its darker and more sinister characters drive for reprisal, pushing him cross the line.  It provided a convincing and far more realistic character than say Bat Man or Spider Man.   This a film I am happy to give a rating of four stars to out of five.   

Cast credits. First credits only:- 

  • Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios, Michael Clarke Duncan as The Kingpin/Wilson Fisk, Colin Farrell as Bullseye, Jon Favreau as Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson, Joe Pantoliano as Ben Urich, David Keith as Jack Murdock, Scott Terra as Young Matt Murdock, Erick Avari as Ambassador Nikolaos Natchios, Coolio as Daunte Jackson, Ellen Pompeo as Karen Page, Kevin Smith as Jack Kirby (Lab Assistant), Frankie J. Allison as Abusive Father & Lennie Loftin as Detective Manolis 

  • Running Time:- 110 mins

  • Tagline:- "He is the man without fear..."

  • Directed by:- Mark Steven Johnson

Film Review by Patrick Trollope


Our verdict 4 stars out of five stars:-

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