Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2003. Marvel Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Horseshoe Bay Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson. Cinematography by Ericson Core. Produced by Avi Arad, Gary Foster, Arnon Milchan. Music by Graeme Revell. Production Design by Barry Chusid. Costume Design by James Acheson. Film Editing by Armen Minasian, Dennis Virkler.
After a little boy is blinded by toxic chemicals during a freak accident, he finds that his remaining sense of hearing is so strong that sound vibrations give him an X-ray vision of the world around him. He develops his newfound ability until his adulthood when he takes to the street in red leather as Daredevil, the Man With No Fear, avenging crimes in the slums of New York City. Ben Affleck gives a vapid performance in this very vapid movie, a superhero film that has very little originality or fun to it; the action sequences are too few and far between, and the editing is so sloppy that most of the time the work that he and co-star Jennifer Garner are doing seems to reveal all the ‘fight training’ that went on before shooting. Garner plays a billionaire heiress whose father is mixed up in the business of the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), the underworld gang leader who has become the focus of Daredevil’s attention. It’s not a hatefully bad film, but coming so soon after the deliciously dark Spider-Man makes its mundaneness shine all the more.