Mark Steven Johnson (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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. The Marvel TV series version featuring Charlie Cox as the Man without Fear is a much better rendition of the hero's adventures.


A blind lawyer with radar-like sensory perception takes to the streets to battle the evil he cannot fight in the courts. But during his quest to bring down the elusive Kingpin, who controls the New York underworld, he is hunted by a crazed hitman and falls into a dangerous romance with a mysterious heiress. Comic-book adventure, with Ben Affleck, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jennifer Garner and Colin Farrell.

Cast & Crew

Matt Murdock/Daredevil Ben Affleck
Bullseye Colin Farrell
Elektra Natchios Jennifer Garner
Wilson Fisk/Kingpin Michael Clarke Duncan
Franklin `Foggy' Nelson Jon Favreau
Ben Urich Joe Pantoliano
Jack Murdock David Keith
Wesley Owen Welch Leland Orser
Director Mark Steven Johnson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, some swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray