Attorney Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is blind, but his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. By day, Murdock represents the downtrodden. At night, he is Daredevil, a masked vigilante, a relentless avenger of justice. When Wilson Fisk (Michael Clarke Duncan) hires Bullseye (Colin Farrell) to kill Daredevil, Murdock must rely on his own senses and search out the conspirators against justice -- which may include his own girlfriend, Elektra (Jennifer Garner). (1)
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A lot of audience members were dissatisfied with the theatrical version and it is clear that director Mark Johnson, who loves this material, was also disappointed with the theatrical release. So it’s great that he made an effort to rectify the film by releasing a Director’s Cut. Daredevil (2003) the Director’s Cut is a more complete version and elevates the film overall.
The story is a bit far-fetched but it draws you in until the end with a tone that is considerably darker than most superhero films. As a kid, Matt Murdock was blinded by radioactive material in an accident. As a result, his other senses to become inexplicably heightened to the point where Matt can track criminals through scent and uses sound waves like radar. Similarly to Spider-Man, Daredevil uses his abilities to protect those who cannot protect themselves, all the while searching for the one who killed his father. However, while Spiderman was a colorful comic like film, Daredevil is dark and gritty with a more adult theme to it. The CGI and action are realistic with some Matrix-like martial arts. But the biggest aspect of the film is the sound. Since Daredevil has super heightened hearing the film really emphasizes on this and if you have to surround sound system then it makes it all the more impressive.
The cast proved to give solid performances. Ben Affleck (Justice League) is terrific as Daredevil, who exudes confidence as a day-to-day lawyer and a tortured soul by night. It was also great to see Jennifer Garner (Elektra) do a cameo as Elektra. Colin Farrell as the lunatic assassin Bullseye and Michael Clarke Duncan as the Don Giovanni mobster type Kingpin steal the show but I do wish that they had received more screen time.
Overall, Daredevil (2003) was an entertaining film, although the Director’s Cut is much better than the theatrical version. The film contains some similarities to Spiderman but it has a much darker tone that makes death a reality. And after the success of X-Men (2000) and Spiderman (2002), it is great that Daredevil does not feel rushed and refreshingly brings a new tone to superhero films. I recommend this film, although I recommend you watch the Director’s Cut.
"Can one man make a difference? There are days when I believe; and others when I have lost all faith."
Worth Seeing: 6.8 of 10 stars
Worth Buying: 6.8 of 10 stars
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