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While 2003'sDaredevilwas a conventional superhero movie, the 2005 spinoff,Elektra, is more of awuxia-styled martial arts/fantasy flick. Elektra (Jennifer Garner) has returned to her life as a hired assassin, but she balks at an assignment to kill a single father (Goran Visnjic,ER) and his teenage daughter (Kirsten Prout). That makes her the target of the Hand, an organization of murderous ninjas, scheming corporate types, and a band of stylish supervillains seeking to eliminate Elektra and tip the balance of power in the ongoing battle of good vs. evil.

 

As the star of Alias, Garner has proven that she can kick butt with the best of them, and some of the visual effects are impressive, but the action sequences tend to be anticlimactic, and there's not much to the story. Fans will notice numerous references to Frank Miller's comic books, but there's very little resemblance to Miller's cold-blooded killer (Elektra with an agent? Elektra referring to herself as a "soccer mom"?).

 

Is Elektra better than Daredevil? Not really, even with the distinct advantage of having all Garner and no Ben Affleck. That could be the spinoff's greatest disappointment: after Spider-Man 2 raised the bar for comic-book movies, Elektra lowered it back to Daredevil's level. Directed by Rob Bowman (the X-Files movie), and featuring Terence Stamp as the mysterious mentor Stick, Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day) as the chief villain, and NFL-player-turned-mixed-martial-arts-champion Bob Sapp as the immovable Stone.

DVD features
Ben Affleck's much-rumored cameo is one of the deleted scenes on the Elektra DVD. It's a one-minute throwaway, and while he's supposedly appearing as Matt Murdock (who romanced Elektra in Daredevil), the barrage of celebrity gossip makes it impossible to see him as anything other than Jennifer Garner's real-life boyfriend. There's also a making-of featurette, which is mostly promotional hype other than a few interesting effects shots; four editing featurettes; and Jennifer Garner's videotaped message to ComicCon. --David Horiuchi

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CastJennifer Garner, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, Kirsten Prout
DirectorRob Bowman
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Drama
Release Date:  January 14, 2005
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterZak Penn, Frank Miller, Mark Steven Johnson, Raven Metzner, Stu Zicherman
DVD Release Date:  April 5, 2005
Runtime:  97 minutes
Studio:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
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review by . October 27, 2009
Having heard all the bad reviews for this movie I really didn't expect a lot. It was slightly better than I thought it would be. You can only admire Jennifer Garner in her red skin tight suit for so long, before you even start to get bored with that too!       The main problems with this movie are that the director decided that magic was necessary, the lead male actor is stiffer than a newly minted one dollar bill, the whole plot seems idiotic, ...       The …
review by . May 25, 2009
   My commentary here is on the 2005 movie 'Elektra' starring Jennifer Garner based on Frank Miller's comic book character - a female ninja warrior turned assassin.   ............      Not going into much detail here on plot -  just some willy-nilly observations on why i liked it - if these intrigue you, see it - if you have seen it, i hope this adds some insight.      First, compared to the other big comic book movies …
review by . November 27, 2005
"Elektra" is one of the weakest entries into Marvel's recent string of films based on their comics. I'm basing that statement on the fact that I've seen all of these films (from "Blade" to "Fantastic Four" and all of the adaptations and sequels in between, including both "Punisher" flicks). Although it is a step above "Hulk" and miles above Dolph Lundgren's version of "Punisher," this film isn't quite as good as the film that it was born from, "Daredevil." Granted, "Daredevil" wasn't a real gem …
review by . May 23, 2005
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Elektra was darn near perfect and definitly better than DareDevil but not every one of Marvels releases can be perfect now can they. Right about towards the end of this movie you start feeling like did I miss a scene because I just went to the bathroom for a second and boom elektra's fighting the last battle to save the treasure, for example in the beginning elektra is very tense and unable to show any type of emotion and then about 15 maybe 20 minutes into the movie without showing any interest …
review by . May 14, 2005
Admittedly not a fan of Marvel comic hero stories or films, this viewer reluctantly watched the DVD of ELEKTRA as a trade-off for lack of other available films to rent. That being said, this vehicle for Jennifer Garner as the title comic book heroine is full of surprises. Certainly none of the surprises are associated with the formulaic plot, a plot made worse with some mediocre script writing. The pleasures are in the cinematography which detail elegant views of what appears to be the Pacific Northwest, …
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