Justice is Blind
Review by Ross Anthony

You know, I liked this flick. Yes, overzealous at times to the point of hokey -- in either visual or circumstance, but mostly the picture is determined as DaredevilDaredevil himself to do the right thing. Though they both make a few mistakes at times, I enjoyed, believed in, and respected them as well.

The action sequences in this film are strong and approach the "thrill" factor of Daredevilthose in "Spiderman." And the sound hits on the audio track crunch that action into something you can feel (like Daredevil) via your ears. But first and foremost, this film is sharply sleekly perfectly edited. Kudos to both the director and editor for that.

Initially, I'd thought Ben Affleck an odd cast for a superhero, but he plays the role of a blind "guardian devil" with great strength and vulnerability. His internal struggle (justice or vengeance?) drives the film. That and his attraction to Electra (Garner) who likewise makes a darned good super-heroine.

Unfortunately, the dots don't quite connect, and an otherwise fun action ending doesn't satisfy as squarely. Still, I like this comicbook hero, grittier, and somehow more real. The film does a great job of showing us how he came to be and how he is still coming to be. Blind, but a super sensitive male. The film draws the audience in with its confidence, Ben's burden and that childhood movie magic that even some of us adults still love to buy into.

Btw, Stan Lee is an executive producer.

  • Daredevil. Copyright © 2003.
  • Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Favreau, Scott Terra, Ellen Pompeo, Joe Pantoliano, Leland Orser.
  • Directed by Mark Steven Johnson.
  • Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson.
  • Produced by Arnon Milchan, Gary Foster, Avi Arad at 20th Fox/Regency/Marvel/New Regency/Horseshoe Bay.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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