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Daredevil: Second-string Superhero

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Blinded as a youngster by radioactive waste, Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) starts seeing in the rain. And because of his blindness, Matt's other senses develop far beyond those of mortal men. He sees sound waves in his brain like black and white negative film images.

So, armed with a Hell's Kitchen upbringing, super-human strength and a keen fashion sense, Matt dedicates his life to truth, justice and the American way. He becomes a lawyer by day and a crime-fighting vigilante by night.

However, his dual identity triggers conflict. In Matt's quest for justice, he violates a few laws. And that age-old legal question plagues him: "What's black and looks good on a lawyer? A Doberman."

But all work and no play makes Matt a dull boy. He courts a striking young girl called Elektra (Jennifer Garner). It's shove at first sight, as Elektra plays hard to get. During the getting-to-know-you combat ritual, she strikes Matt repeatedly. Yes, this kick-ass beauty moves like a lightening bolt and fights like a tiger. And Matt gets a taste of heaven when the love-bug bites.

But heaven does not last long in Hell's Kitchen. Matt crosses purposes with a mob boss called Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) who hires a hitman known as Bullseye (Colin Farrell). Bullseye skillfully slings darts, paper clips and one-liners in pursuit of mass mayhem.

When Bullseye tries to kill Matt, Elektra and every living organism within his thrust radius, Matt must marshal every art at his disposal.

Will Kingpin bowl over the authorities and take control of the city? Can Matt resolve his inner conflict in time to save himself and Elektra from certain doom? Who came up with the name "Elektra"?

While competent in the action arena, darkly amusing at times and sufficient in costuming and content, Daredevil never reaches the level of Superman or Batman. However, the dialog, character development, and overall feel of the movie kept my attention from wandering. I give it a "B-".

Dixie Says: Well, Helloooo, Ben. What a hunk-a-hunk-a burnin' Daredevil. Yes, ladies, he looks cute, he acts smooth, and he fills out his Daredevil suit nicely. What a body! I became so engrossed with this movie; I almost choked on my popcorn.

I really enjoy movies that do not shower you with bad language and nudity. Of course, I wouldn't mind seeing a little of Ben's butt.

Daredevil delivered all the elements I like in a movie: an interesting plot, a good story and a bunch of good looking men. And Colin Farrell, one of the best bad guys I've seen in quite a while, did a great job and looked fabulous. Oh, I think a girl played in this movie, too.

I also liked the concept of lawyers getting paid with fish. If this idea catches on, you can find me at the lake trolling for attorney fees.

If you like hunky men mixed with martial arts, you won't be disappointed in this movie. I give it a "B" for Ben.

Don & Dixie Mitchell

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