Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.
Will Yun Lee
Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.
Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom.Written by
Originally, this was going to be a relatively low-budget film of $50 million. However, during shooting in the summer of 2002, another film about a Marvel Comics character, Spider-Man (2002), became a spectacular success, and Mark Steven Johnson was soon asked by 20th Century Fox executives to enhance the film's visuals, and his budget was raised to $80 million to accomplish that. See more »
When young Matt awakes in hospital after his original chemical accident, the vital medical equipment is not connected to him. See more »
There is a scene in the closing credits: Bullseye is in a hospital ward with a full-body cast, but is able to use a syringe to take out a fly. See more »
During post-production, 20th Century Fox UK sought and was given advice about classification from the BBFC. After receiving that advice, the company chose to make cuts to the film for release in the UK and as a result the UK cinema version differs from the US cinema version. The changes occur in two scenes:
in the fight between Elektra and Bullseye the UK version lacks all sight of a dagger sticking through Elektra's hand and all sight of her removing the dagger from her hand.
Secondly, in the fight between Daredevil and Kingpin the UK version lacks a headbutt and has the sound of breaking bones partially obscured by a crack of thunder. For the home video release, 20th Century Fox submitted the uncut version and the BBFC passed it with no cuts. Therefore, home video/DVD releases in the UK are uncut.
'Daredevil' is a comic book movie that, although the source material is not as well known as 'Spider-Man" or 'X-Men', is pretty good in and of itself. I've never read the comic book, but I do know the character, and I was quite surprised at how good this movie was. The film begins with the origin of Daredevil: Young Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that, although he can no longer see, amplifies his other four senses: touch, taste, smell, and hear. We flash-forward to the present day, and Matt (Ben Affleck) now leads a double life as both a lawyer and Daredevil, a vigilante who cracks down hard on the city's criminals. Matt soon gets entangled in a murder plot involving the beautiful Elektra (Jennifer Garner), the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) of New York's criminal underworld, and Kingpin's assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell), who boasts, "I never miss." Overall, the film is consistently entertaining, with both high-adrenaline action scenes and quieter, more dramatic ones. All the performances are excellent: Affleck, who I never saw in a movie before this, is perfect as the tortured soul who is Matt Murdock and Daredevil. Jennifer Garner is also great as love interest Elektra, and one of the movie's best scenes involves a playful fight between Matt and Elektra in the park when he wants to know her name. Colin Farrell is electrifying as the cocky and arrogant Bullseye, and we actually get to hear Farrell's native Irish accent, which he almost never uses in his other movies. Michael Clarke Duncan is an enormous presence as the film's main villain, and I was constantly thinking: He's huge! Joe Pantoliano has a nice supporting role as Ben Urich, a reporter who publishes stories about Daredevil, and Jon Favreau is humorous as Matt's legal partner. All in all, 'Daredevil' is one of the best comic book movies since the original 'Batman'. 10/10.
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