starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell
written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson
by Walter Chaw There's a real grittiness to Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil--most of it attributable to Frank Miller's "Daredevil: Born Again" comic-book series (penned just prior to the author's seminal "The Dark Knight Returns"), from which the film borrows tone, religious iconography, and a certain washed-out colour scheme as reflected in Ericson Core's moody cinematography (which is closer to his work on Payback than on The Fast and the Furious). The problem is that the film's tenor and Catholic fetishism are moored to the light redemption of the titular hero, the bizarre stigmata and martyrdom of one villain (and forced genuflection of another), and perhaps the suggested rebirth of a femme fatale. Daredevil, then, is interesting for its borrowed elements, but it doesn't have any real weight to justify the treatment.