When young Matt Murdock is blinded in a accident his other
senses become enhanced allowing him to treat the rooftops
of Hell's Kitchen as his playground. Years later Murdock is
seeking justice by day as a lawyer and fighting criminals
by night as a leather-bound vigilante...
Marvel comic adaptation hits the big screen. Daredevil is
a ruthless vigilante and the movie tackles Murdock's inner
turmoil as he come to terms with the fact that, like his late
father before him, he is spiralling down a long and dangerous
path towards evil.
we first see him lose a court case, against a man who is accused
of raping one of his employees, it is a little surprising
to see him hunt down this man and kill him in cold blood.
the punishment fit the crime? I think not. Seems like our
costumed freak is a poor loser. Are we to believe that if
he can't prove the accused are guilty then he will hunt them
down and kill them all? Maybe if he was a better lawyer he
wouldn't need to dress up so much as an S&M fetishist.
Or is he deliberately losing his cases so he can leather-up?
origins of the character, while not 100 percent true to the
comics, are close enough to keep most serious fans happy.
There is no mention of Stick, Daredevil's trainer. Nor do
they explain where the name Daredevil came from (although
I assume most people are smart enough to work out that as
Murdock's father's boxing name is The Devil that this is why
he calls himself Daredevil). In the comics Murdock is a swot
at school but disguises himself to pull off pranks, like pinching
a policeman's truncheon, to work out his frustration at not
being able to hit back at the the school bullies.
it is when Murdock falls for the beautiful Electra Natchios
(Jennifer Garner) that things really fall apart. Couldn't
the writers have found a more convincing way of introducing
her than have the two of them fight it out in a children's
playground? In the original stories they meet while at university
and it is while starting to date girls that Murdock begins
to fall for the dangerous charms of Electra.
also found it a little strange that Murdock could leap from
building to building with precision accuracy, as well as dodging
projectiles, yet he couldn't manage to comb his hair properly.
But then that could be part of his clever disguise - who would
ever suspect a blind man?
Clarke Duncan is convincingly scary as the Kingpin and Colin
Farrell adds some much needed light relief as the menacing,
if amusing, hitman Bullseye. This thug for hire can kill anyone
with any object by turning it into a projectile (darts, paper-clips,
pencils and even peanuts). I actually found myself routing
for Bullseye over the bland Daredevil. There
are also two great cameo appearances, one from Marvel's Stan
Lee and the other from director Kevin Smith.
you liked this movie when it was released then you'll be impressed
by the amount of extras crammed onto this 2-disc set. There
is DTS soundtrack (which we couldn't get to work all of the
time), a fantastic making of feature and a very frank,
and honest audio commentary by the director and producer.
There are other extras - including music video's and screen
tests - but these are only ever going to be watched once.
not up to the standards of X-Men or Spiderman,
this comic adaptation is still pretty good fun. Just don't
expect too much and don't take it too seriously and you'll
come away entertained.
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