• 15
  • Mark Steven Johnson (2003)
  • US
  • 99 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

There are redeeming features to this high-kicking Marvel comic adaptation - not least its strong visuals and attractive cast - but these do not add up to a satisfying whole. As a child, Matt Murdock is blinded by radioactive waste that simultaneously heightens his other senses. He grows up to be a New York lawyer (played by Ben Affleck) who doubles as a nocturnal, leather-clad crime-fighter. As the first instalment of a potential franchise, the film goes through the motions of setting up the story and characters, with the flashbacks to Matt's boyhood the strongest episode. Thereafter the narrative gets flabby - introducing a soppy love story involving Jennifer Garner of TV's Alias and a cursory game of cat-and-mouse against Colin Farrell's poorly sketched villain - and the action is sapped of clarity and subtlety by rushed editing and the relentless heavy metal soundtrack.

Plot Summary

Action fantasy starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Matt Murdock is a blind New York lawyer who fights crime by night as Daredevil using his surviving chemically enhanced senses. But crime lord Kingpin wants him out of the picture and hires psychotic hitman Bullseye to do the deed.

Cast and crew


Matthew "Matt" Murdock / Daredevil
Ben Affleck
Elektra Natchios
Jennifer Garner
Wilson Fisk / Kingpin
Michael Clarke Duncan
Colin Farrell (2)
Ben Urich
Joe Pantoliano
Franklin "Foggy" Nelson
Jon Favreau
Jack Murdock
David Keith
Young Matt
Scott Terra
Karen Page
Ellen Pompeo
Jack Kirby, lab assistant
Kevin Smith (2)
Old man at crossing
Stan Lee
Paul Ben-Victor


Mark Steven Johnson

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Violence, some swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Feb 2003
Certificate 15