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Elektra (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

A movie directed by Rob Bowman

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Forget the 'Story' and Enjoy the Visuals

  • May 14, 2005
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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, in the presence of some very fine actors chronically underused (Terence Stamp, Colin Cunningham, Goran Visnjic so memorable from THE DEEP END, and American Korean Will Yun Lee voted one of the world's most beautiful people in 2002), and in the nicely choreographed martial arts sequences which unfortunately are marred by victims swirling into sulfurous dust in demise.

The story is simply Good versus Evil, the Good being Jennifer Garner's pouty-lipped Elektra, Terence Stamp's dignified mentor Stick, and father daughter team of Visnjic and Kirsten Prout and the Bad being the Hand of Asian guys headed by Roshi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), Kirigi (the dashing Will Yun Lee), and some truly obnoxious creatures such as Tattoo (Chris Ackerman) whose body art comes to vivid life as various demons, and the well-named Typhoid (a truly awful Natassia Malthe) who is a parody of the entire comic genre.

The thing that makes ELEKTRA work is the grounding of the film in natural settings instead of the usual hokey castles and dungeons replete with flying monsters and disintegrating planets. Though it will not make a believer out of those who have a low tolerance for the Marvel folk, it has its moments that satisfy the eye. Grady Harp, May 2005

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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 …
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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 …
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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 ...

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Director: Rob Bowman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Release Date: January 14, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
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