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Cinerama : Daredevil.

By Mike Derderian Whereas almost all of us are blessed with eyesight at birth, sadly however many do spend their lives refusing to open their eyes to the sunlight.We are fortunate that we can hear and see through our ears but we can never hear with our eyes. Try itC*close your eyes and visualize the sounds around you--if a picture starts to formulateC*you are on the right track. Growing up in Hell's Kitchen New York, a young Matt Murdock watches his desolate father Jack (David Keith) fading into oblivion the same way his boxing career faded a few year ago. Jack is now in the business of getting paid to kiss the canvas of the boxing ring. Matt can do nothing but watch. One day, and after being unable to defend himself against street bullies, Matt escapes only to get exposed to toxic waste that puts out his eyes but at the same time gives him radar ability.His mind is now able him to create a visual image of his surrounding--anything that can give out an echo Matt can see. Jack decides enough is enough and wins a fixed fight which costs him his life, but earned him his son's respect. Upon realizing that his father was killed by the Kingpin and after much practice in the arts of street-fighting, Matt grows up to become Daredevil (Ben Affleck).During the day Murdock is a government prosecutor but at night he is a ruthless vigilante out to serve justice and clean the streets from the scum that escape the law. This 103-minute movie stars Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Jon Favreau, Erick Avari, Ellen Pompeo, Joe Pantoliano, Paul Ben-Victor and Michael Clarke Duncan as Wilson Fisk (aka the Kingpin), a merciless crime lord. I cannot say that Mark Steven Johnson's 2003 Daredevil formula worked despite Affleck's somewhat impressive portrayal of the guilt-ridden Catholic hero."Hey, that light at the end of the tunnel? Guess what? That's not heaven..." Daredevil taunts Jose Quesada (Ben-Victor), who shouts in agony, "I'll kill you! I'll kill you!" "That's the C train!" Daredevil announces. A few hours earlier in court Matt tells Quesada that he hopes justice will find him in court and not outside of it. As you can see Daredevil gives no second chances, which is why he is a person whose soul is burdened by the weight of all the criminals he had murdered. Daredevil's shortcoming is not in the cast, dialogue, music, photography or computer generated images (CGI); it is in the literal comic book treatment which brings about a weakness in its plot and villains. Colin Farrell's turnout as Bullseye the bold villain is ridicules even for a movie based on a comic book. Bullseye is called in by the Kingpin to kill Daredevil and anyone associated with him. The whole concept of Bullseye is preposterousC*a villain who turns any object into an instrument of death, whether we are talking about nails, pins, needlesC*etc. True he killed a harmless old lady with a peanut, but that's plain mean.Daredevil, the comic character, made its first appearance in a Marvel comic in 1964, a while before the silver version hit theaters. You can go so far with imagination, which is why Stanely Lee and Bill Everette, who created Daredevil, should have thought of another arch nemesis for our leather clad blind crime fighter; but you can't really blame them as the character of Bullseye was created by comic book writer Marv Wolfman. Michael Clarke Duncan's role wasn't impressive either--his and Farrell's character were no match to Affleck's tormented hero. By the way I just remembered Captain America is the silliest superhero on the face of this earth--you want to see how strong he is, send him to Iraq. Daredevil as a character is no less impressive than Batman, Spawn or Wolverine; however, the banality of the storyline is what nearly killed him and not Bullseye or the Kingpin. "Hell's Kitchen is my neighborhood. I prowl the rooftops and alleyways in darkness. Forever in darkness... a guardian devil," Daredevil announces. How can such a sharp paradoxical line be lost to a weak plot? The horror! Progressive Metal orientated songs encompassed the movie's motivating soundtrack with songs by Hoobastank, Seether, Nickelback, The Calling, Fuel, Drowning Pool featuring Rob Zombie and Evanescence with their laudible "My Immortal".Still Daredevil has its promising and adrenaline pumped moments especially every-time Garner appeared on the screen as the daughter of a Greek tycoon and a crime-fighting lethal chick called Elektra that she reprised in a 2005 spin-off. A*Cinerama : Daredevil

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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:Apr 19, 2008
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