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Daredevil (2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: February 15, 2003
CAP Score: 27
CAP Influence Density: 1.65

MinMax: -58

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DAREDEVIL (PG-13) -- In accordance with His Word there is much you should know...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy
Production: 20th Century Fox, Horseshoe Bay Productions, Marvel Entertainment, New Regency Pictures
Distribution: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Mark Steven Johnson
Producer(s): Avi Arad, Kathleen M. Courtney, Becki Cross Trujillo, Kevin Feige, Gary Foster , Stan Lee, Arnon Milchan, Bernie Williams
Written by/Screenplay: Characters: Bill Everett, Frank Miller. Comic Book Characters: Stan Lee. Screeplay: Mark Steven Johnson
Cinematography/Camera: Ericson Core
Music: Graeme Revell
Film Editing: Armen Minasian, Dennis Virkler
Casting: Eyde Belasco, Donna Isaacson
Production Design: Barry Chusid
Art Direction: James E. Tocci
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6, Granbury, TX

It is amazing how so much violence [Prov. 3:31-32] and murder can be crammed into 96 minutes and still have something that resembles a plot. The movie is so short that it drives the influence density well into the range of influence density scores earned by R-rated movies. And the final score of 27 supports that finding. It is bewildering how lax the MPAA appears to have become. Intercourse is apparently no longer a reason to give a movie an R rating. There are no less than ten graphic murders in *Daredevil* [Rev. 21:8]. Tons of assaults with blood, gunfire to kill, the use of children to extort [Matt. 18:10], firearms to the head and graphic beatings in 96 minutes of audio/visual [Dared] evil. The comic book hero has become not so "hero."

The ingenuity of the writers in this sci-fi flick was quite impressive. Their understanding of the basic principles of wave propagation mechanics appears solid. The blind Daredevil would tap an object and his hearing had become so acute that he could envision the shape and size of the object by the travel of the sound front down the object. As if the sound source was a light source. Even the sound of raindrops striking a human face was depicted as enabling the Daredevil to "see" the face. Computer graphics were astounding in helping the viewer envision this concept. Hats off to the techno geeks.

But the morality of the writers was not impressive. This PG-13 includes intercourse with nudity, though no gender-specifics were seen [Prov. 30:20, 1Cor. 6:9-10]. It includes the use of the most foul of the foul words though only once in a background song. It includes the use of the three/four letter word several times, once by an adolescent [Luke 17:2]. It includes God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]

In New York's Hell's Kitchen young Matt Murdock (Scott Terra, later Ben Affleck) is the son of a drunken prize fighter, Jack (David Keith) trying to teach Matt never to hit anyone -- the "Don't do as I do, do as I say" syndrome that never works (and maybe shouldn't "work"). Matt is constantly getting beat up because the coward bullies know he won't fight back. In an episode of attitude about discovering his father is a leg breaker for a crime syndicate, young Matt runs out and becomes blinded by causing a forklift driver to pierce a barrel of nasty stuff which sprayed Matt's eyes. Over time, Matt's other four senses become hypersensitive.

As time goes by, Matt finally demonstrates to the bullies that his new abilities, though sightless, are quite enough to whup the tar out of them. So now they leave him alone as he tends to schooling. Matt becomes a lawyer and gains a partner, Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson (Jon Favreau) who understands Matt's situation and assumes a subordinate position in their relationship. The case that introduces Matt as a lawyer was in trying to prosecute a wealthy and "important" slime ball for brutal rape beating of a woman. Losing the case, Matt assumes his alter ego and administers "justice" to him and all who try to help him.

Speaking of relationships, yes, there is a girl. I think the only one. Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner), the daughter of wealthy criminal ambassador Nikolaos Natchios (Erick Avari, *The Mummy* ). Defensive Elektra tries her best to dissuade Matt from becoming interested in her, but to no avail. So interested in each other they become they end up in bed together. But there is some nice to this part of the show. A rather beautiful nice. Matt invites Elektra to the top of a building to show her his favorite view of the city he enjoyed as a child. Wanting to leave, Matt convinces Elektra to stay a little while longer. He said it will rain soon and he wanted to see what she looked like. In the dance of the raindrops on her face, his super sensitive hearing could make out her face by the sound of the raindrops hitting her face. This was one of the finest scenes of computer imagery I've ever seen.

Colin Farrell plays the part of a particularly low murderous character called Bullseye. We are shown a different side of Colin Farrell as he portrays the part of Bullseye. Crazed and merciless is Bullseye and Farrell does a very good job at portraying the insanely cold and ruthless character. Farrell is master of the facial expressions of madness and has shown us in other performances his capability to express tenderness and love as well as desperation and fear. Multi-talented indeed is Colin Farrell. No one can accuse him of cardboard performances.

Bullseye is a forced henchman of Wilson Fisk, a.k.a The Kingpin, master crime boss of most of New York. Michael Clarke Duncan plays the Kingpin in a portrayal quite in contrast with his outstanding performance as gentle giant John Coffey, the falsely convicted murderer/rapist of young girls in *The Green Mile* . Unfortunately, Duncan appeared to be more on a playground than a in a play. He was given material that could have been performed as effectively as just about any massive hulk. Maybe even me. Maybe if there are more *Daredevil* episodes, Clarke will be given material more of a challenge of his talents.

There is much more to the Daredevil cleaning up Hell's Kitchen of New York but little would be accomplished by telling you of it when the focus of this ministry is to give *you*, mom/dad and grandma/grandpa, the information you need to make an informed decision whether the film is fit for your family without having to sit through it yourself to know. In accordance with His Word there is much you should know about this rather dark and sinister hardcore "R-13" .

In addition to what has already been revealed there is much fighting, jumping off tall buildings with no real-world consequences, drunkenness before a son, and more beatings. In addition to Affleck and Garner demonstrating sexual immorality [Luke 17:2] there is intercourse depicted in statue art, rubbing the breasts of a statue, excessive breast exposure and dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure. One interesting note is that the only facial piercing in the whole movie was on the most evil of the characters. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted.


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  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise [kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: 1) to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of (which includes abuse)] not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
  • Prov. 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman [or man]; she[he] eateth, and wipeth her[his] mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor ... will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Daredevil (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • flashes of violence
  • bully violence
  • trauma resulting in blindness of a child
  • imagery of violence to a child, repeatedly
  • using a man's son to extort the man
  • boxing violence, repeatedly
  • photos of beating gore - woman
  • explicit tale of sexual brutality
  • jumping off a tall building with no real-world consequences
  • fighting so dense it seems blurry
  • assault with blood, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • pursuit to do harm
  • firearm to the head
  • graphic beatings, repeatedly
  • using a man's daughter to extort
  • reckless driving
  • attempted murder by throwing stars
  • attempted murder and attempted murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • bribery
  • impalement injury, repeatedly
  • defensive killing by being thrown out a high window

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • a single use of the most foul of the foul words in song
  • reckless regard for personal safety by a child
  • a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary by a child
  • lies
  • facial piercing
  • adult tantrum

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • man in tub, repeatedly, no privates seen
  • admission of sexual immorality
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • open mouth kissing
  • intercourse/sexual immorality cast in stone
  • intercourse with nudity, gender specifics unseen
  • excessive breast exposure, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch of statue nudity (rubbing the breasts of the statue)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drunkenness/booze before son
  • bar, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • innuendo of bleeding holy icon
  • "I want revenge"
  • promise of revenge

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • beating murder
  • murder by subway train run-over
  • murder by choking
  • murder by darts
  • murder by impalement of brain
  • double murder by throwing stars
  • murder by chest impalement
  • murder by impalement with pencils in throat
  • murder by stabbing

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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