Reviewed by: Adam Gendrom
Starring: Ben Affleck, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Jon Favreau | Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson | Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Gary Foster, Avi Arad | Written by: Mark Steven Johnson | Distributor: 20th Century Fox
I attended this movie with expectations of an action-packed and captivating story in the Marvel tradition. I wasn’t disappointed, and actually found “Daredevil” pretty entertaining.
The hype of this movie played off the huge fanfare that “Spiderman” received. However, such parallels are bit misleading as “Daredevil” is a much darker film than “Spiderman”, though still uniquely Marvel-esque in its style.
The plot revolves around Matthew Murdock (Ben Affleck), a lawyer and son of a boxer who vows to uphold justice after his father is murdered for failing to take a dive in a match. Another interesting thing about Murdock—he was struck blind as a child and, as a result, has developed superhuman levels of his remaining four senses, allowing him to deal out justice even without the use of his vision.
But Murdock’s ideas of justice are a long way from Spidey’s as he chooses not to turn a lawbreaker into the proper authorities. In fact, these types of actions, combined with his vigilante attitude, give quite a questionable moral essence to this film.
As far as action was concerned, the scripted battles were extremely engaging, especially those between Murdock and Elektra. The dialogue felt forced in certain scenes, but overall the tone managed to stay interesting and lightly humorous.There was far more gratuitous violence in “Daredevil” than was present in “Spiderman”, and many more innocents met untimely deaths at the hand of the main villain, Bullseye (Colin Farrell). Also, there was a far more physical relationship between Murdock and the female star of the movie, Elektra (Jennifer Garner), leading to an explicit scene of sensuality, shown from the shoulders-up. This was in addition to Elektra’s increasingly more revealing attire through the film.
As far as a Biblical perspective is concerned, the film is relatively objectionable, having strong points of violence, as well as adult dialogue and situations. I would be cautious about taking youngsters to this movie. Though some might be able to handle it, younger children would need to have certain plot points discussed, such as justice, heroism, and extramarital relationships.
Read our review of the 2005 sequel to this film, ELEKTRA.