"Daredevil" by Yojimbo
After the success of Spiderman and X-Men, a rash of marvel adaptations was inevitable. Here Ben Affleck dons the leather catsuit to deal out vengeance ninja style as blind vigilante, Daredevil. All the ingredients are here; the flashy fight sequences, thumping soundtrack and origin backstory, and it all feels very familiar. It's overly florid direction and annoyingly conspicuous pop music soundtrack makes it seem more like MTV than a film in places and the attempts at humour do not really work, but the main problem is with the characters. They are uniformly bland and stereotypical, particularly Ben Affleck who displays his usual lack of presence and charisma. Having said that, it's far from dreadful; the action is efficient and the visualisation of Daredevil's sonar "vision" is quite nice. Unfortunately the likes of Batman Returns and The Crow have already trodden this ground, and with considerably more style AND substance.