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Daredevil (2003)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Crime


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A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

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27 November 2004 | crowrobot
One of Hollywood's best recent comic book movies.
'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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ben Affleck originally was in the running to play Bullseye, but he eventually was slated as the title role instead.


Quotes

Bullseye: Bullseye!


Goofs

When Urich finishes his article exposing Murdock as Daredevil he decides to delete it. He presses the delete key but the computer begins backspacing.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen in a sequence of dark skyscrapers. There are lit windows in the skyscrapers, which turn into Braille letters which then become English letters spelling out the main cast - later on, the supporting cast and production crew are directly formed in English from the window.


Alternate Versions

The R-rated director's cut contains 30 minutes of extra footage. In addition to the added material, some footage was removed. The following is a list of the changes between the PG-13 and R rated versions:

  • The confession booth scenes between Father Steven and Matt Murdock have been removed.
  • The love scene between Elektra and Matt Murdock has also been removed.
  • A flashback scene where young Matt is seen with his adopted mother featured in the comic books.
  • There are more scenes involving The Kingpin at his most vicious, at point killing two of his own bodyguards by breaking their necks.
  • The introduction of Bullseye arriving at the airport and going through a metal detector.
  • The fight scene in the playground with Matt and Elektra is longer.
  • The scene in the bar where Daredevil takes out the bikers is longer and more violent.
  • An exchange during the Natchios' party where Foggy and Wesley have a verbal exchange, that ends by Foggy saying "What a dick."
  • The scene where Matt returns from his battle in the opening of the film, he is seen in his apartment pouring Epsom salt into the water of his coffin and as he is about to lay down he starts to hear noises and sounds from the outside world as far as seeing a woman crawling on the floor and ends by him laying down inside the coffin and the top sealing.
  • The subplot involving the character of Daunte Jackson (Coolio) who is accused of a murder is reintroduced in it's entirety with Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson defending him.
  • Matt and Foggy break into the apartment of Lisa Tazio, the murder victim in the Daunte Jackson trial and finding a clue.
  • A late night scene where Foggy is working at the office trying to figure out the clue found in Tazio's apartment in which Karen (Ellen Pompeo) discovers the answer.
  • The scene in the morgue with Ben Urich and Kirby is longer in which Foggy ends up calling him on his cell phone and telling him about who murdered his informant from the clue that Matt had found in the murder victim's apartment.
  • More scenes between Matt and Ben discussing some personal issues.
  • Matt interrogating a corrupt police officer played by Jude Cicolella by smashing his car in a parking lot.
  • The scene where Bullseye demands his own costume is restored to "I want a fucking costume" as opposed to the theatrical version where he says "I want a bloody costume"
  • The fight between Elektra and Bullseye is longer and ends with Bullseye giving her a kiss before he throws her onto the roof of the adjacent building.
  • The final confrontation between Daredevil and The Kingpin is longer and more brutal.
  • During the finale, Daunte Jackson celebrates his acquittal by hugging Foggy on the steps of the courthouse as Matt looks on and the scene shifts with Matt walking by the church where he sees father Steven after the afternoon mass had ended.


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Written by
Ali Dee and Vincent Alfieri
Performed by Dara Shindler
Courtesy of Deetown Entertainment

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Crime

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