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HOT MOVIES: AFFLECK PLAYS A BLINDER.

Byline: JANE SIMON

DAREDEVIL

HUNKY Ben Affleck dons the maroon catsuit to play Daredevil - the superhero no one's heard of except hardcore Marvel comic fans.

His alter ego is Matt Murdock, blinded in a chemical spillage when he was just a kid.

He explains: "I'd lost my sight, but I'd got something back - my other four senses functioned with super-human sharpness."

Matt is a lawyer by day - he can hear the hearts of guilty defendants pumping when they lie - and by night he's a guardian devil.

He "sees" with the help of sound waves and leaps fearlessly across the rooftops of New York.

Affleck's blank-faced performance might come off as a little chilly, but Daredevil is a very human superhero.

He faces moral dilemmas, he screws up, and when he falls in love - he actually takes a night off from crime-fighting!

Jennifer Garner (from TV's Alias) plays the stunning Elektra and is more than a match for Daredevil in any martial art. Colin Farrell is the wonderfully deranged Irish baddie Bullseye and man-mountain Michael Clarke Duncan just keeps beaming as crime overlord The Kingpin.

Director Mark Steven Johnson pulls off a neat high-wire act himself, keeping comic book junkies sweet while turning the rest of us on to the man behind the Daredevil mask.

Action drama, Cert 15

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2003
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