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Issue: Autumn, 2003

Daredevil movie review

Adventure of a Guardian Devil

Matt Murdock is a child of Hell's Kitchen, U.S.A. In the moments the motherless boy discovers that his prize-fighter father is a muscle-man for the bad guys he has an accident that takes away his sight and leaves him instead with sonic 'vision'.

His father's redemption after the accident ultimately costs his life and the young man takes his passion for justice into the courts as a lawyer, and into the streets as the red-leather-clad Daredevil.

Ben Affleck dons the mask of Daredevil in this latest of the Marvel comics-to-screen pictures. His tough and talented love interest is the highly-trained Electra (Jennifer Garner)

Movie poster, Daredevil; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Daredevil; Festivale film review

A Guardian Devil

Told with some humour and all today's high-class special effects and mad-skills wire stunts, Daredevil walks along with a thin, predictable plot that enables the likes of Colin Farrell (playing villain Bullseye) to enjoy themselves. It gives the cinematographer and director an opportunity to paint the big screen with bold compositions and the contemporary muddy colours of American superheroes that have replaced the bright primary clarity of yesteryear.

The best of the superheroes are mythic, their stories are good versus evil, redemption, the struggle of the disenfranchised and the different to make some kind of place in the world. Daredevil the movie has the formula, but lacks the heart and soul. It is so broadly painted and so paced that there is no time or place for the audience to become engaged with the characters.

The best moments and the most interesting redemption in Daredevil is reserved for the newspaper reporter (Joe Pantoliano) -- a member of a group that desperately needs some good press. Sadly, this is not enough to make Daredevil anything more than a uni-dimensional and uninspiring way to pass a couple of hours.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 20 March 2003
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See also: Ben Affleck co-wrote and appears in Good Will Hunting; Jennifer Garner also appears in Catch and Release ; Joe Pantoliano also appears in The Matrix and Memento
Search festivale for more superhero movies including Superman Returns ; Batman Begins ; Hellboy ; Aeon Flux ; Mystery Men

Just the facts:

Title: Daredevil (2003)
Written by: Mark Steven Johnson
Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
running time: 103 mins
rating: M

The Players: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Joe Pantoliano

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