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DAREDEVIL

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Daredevil (film)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
96 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/14/03
performer:
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Coolio, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell, Jon Favreau, David Keith, Joe Pantoliano, Kevin Smith
director:
Mark Steven Johnson
Producer:
Avi Arad
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
Mark Steven Johnson
genre:
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C-

A lackadaisical potboiler that makes you rue the day comic-book franchises took over Hollywood. As the title character, who’s a blind attorney by day and an avenging superhero by night, Ben Affleck leaps, wriggles, and–mostly–strikes poses, wearing what’s meant to be a very cool red leather jumpsuit; he looks like Catwoman made over by Revlon. The film keeps insisting that Daredevil’s soul is in torment, but it would be hard to think of a star who seethes with darkness less than Affleck. When this hollow clone of Batman and Spider-Man leaps around like a ninja, dodging razory pinwheels, we’re left with the dispiriting sensation that F/X are accomplishing what the hero–and, indeed, any live actor–could not. (#696/697, Feb. 21)

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