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Daredevil (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Action & Adventure and Art House & International movie directed by Mark Steven Johnson

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And Parts of the Plot Disappear.

  • Oct 18, 2004
I really didn't think I was going to like DAREDEVIL all that much. I'm not a fan of Ben Affleck and when I heard he had been cast as the vengeful Matthew Murdock, I thought "Well, the movie is doomed." Fortunately, this is one time where Affleck rises to his potential and adds to a film's value instead of decreasing it.

Matt Murdock (Affleck) is a powerful lawyer who has given up all opportunities to make a fortune in corporate law and instead has returned to his boyhood neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen in New York City to mostly work on pro bono cases. As a child Murdock was left blind in a bizarre chemical accident. However, the accident that took his sight has heighten all his other senses to a supernatural level. At the end of his work day as a lawyer, Murdock goes home and changes into a costume and become Daredevil, the man with no fear. Daredevil is really starting to clean up the crime in Hell's Kitchen and New York's biggest crime boss, the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) doesn't like it one bit. So, he sends an Irish assassin, Bullseye (Colin Farrell) to get rid of Daredevil. Along the way, a female vigilante named Elektra shows up on the scene and gets in the way of everything. She falls in love with Matt, but doesn't like Daredevil that much because she believes he's preventing her from killing the man who was responsible for her father's death, Kingpin. And so as the world turns, these are the days of comic book heroes' lives.

DAREDEVIL is a very entertaining movie. It's full of action, lots of pretty stars who do a decent job at acting, witty humor, cool special effects, awesome sets, and sweet costumes. However, there is one component that keeps the movie from rising above an average comic book movie: a plot without any holes. Overall the movie moves along alright, but every once in awhile there is a scene and the audience goes "where did that come from." Somebody either screwed up in editing or the writing left too much to the imagination. Either way, you can't leave too much to the imagination in a comic book movie; a little, yes, but not a lot and there's way too much missing in DAREDEVIL. Still, if you can overlook the occassional plot holes, DAREDEVIL is a thrill to watch.

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May 26, 2012
"A very entertaining movie" but you give it only a +1 rating? From your review, it doesn't seem that the flaws you cite would merit so low a rating.
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review by . April 29, 2009
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review by . January 01, 2005
Wooow! Dark, tough, violent. But also so much more funny than the theatrical version. By adding the additional minutes and scenes (even a complete small story on the side) this movie finally gets the pace it needs. Slow at times, to let you suck in the characters, then all of a sudden the pace takes off, taking you with it through the dark and rainy skies over Hell's Kitchen and into the depth's of Daredevil's soul. Terrific!!!
review by . February 05, 2004
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review by . August 05, 2003
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review by . July 07, 2003
An awful lot of people spit blood. Even the hero wrenches a bloody loose tooth from his mouth after one bout of fisticuffs. Daredevil is an orthodontist's dream.     But for fans of the comic book, Daredevil is more of a nightmare. Conceived initially as an adult flick, the R rating was trimmed to PG-13 before hitting theaters -- but still, the movie that remains is darker and more brutal than I expected from the optimistic Marvel hero.     As is expected …
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Darker than its popular comic-book predecessorSpider-Man, the $80 million extravaganzaDaredevilwas packaged for maximum global appeal, its juvenile plot beginning when 12-year-old Matt Murdock is accidentally blinded shortly before his father is murdered. Later an adult attorney in New York's Hell's Kitchen, Murdock (Ben Affleck) uses his remaining, superenhanced senses to battle crime as Daredevil, the masked and vengeful "man without fear," pitted against dominant criminal Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) and the psychotic Bullseye (Colin Farrell), who can turn almost anything into a deadly projectile. Daredevil is well matched with the dynamic Elektra (Jennifer Garner), but their teaming is as shallow as the movie itself, which is peppered with Marvel trivia and cameo appearances (creator Stan Lee,Clerksdirector andDaredevildevotee Kevin Smith) and enough computer-assisted stuntwork to give Spidey a run for his money. This is Hollywood product at its most lavishly vacuous; die-hard fans will argue its merits while its red-leathered hero swoops and zooms toward a sequel.--Jeff Shannon
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Foreign
Screen Writer: Mark Steven Johnson
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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