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Elektra (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

A movie directed by Rob Bowman

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Well, At Least It's Better Than "Hulk"

  • Nov 27, 2005
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"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 compared to its peers, but the character did have a lot more development than found in this film.

"Elektra" starts off fine enough, with a high body count that is sure to get any action fan a little giddy. However, after this initial look at Jennifer Garner's title character at work, we are dumped into a long, drawn out and quite dull series of flashbacks and a sad attempt at the development of a plot. When the action is on, this film is at its best, although some of the kung-foolery gets a little silly at times (especially the fight involving way too many bedsheets). There are plenty of villains, but no one ultimate baddie. Collectively, the villains are known as the Hand. I'd love to have seen Elektra go at it with Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa's character, who really seems to be a bad guy in the wings. Instead, Garner tackles a motley crew of a tattooed warrior, a chick with really strong breath, and a murdering ninja with lightning-fast moves, as well as a number of other, lesser villains.

In the end, the viewer is left wondering just exactly what happened. Why was Elektra so quick to protect the young girl and her father? She had no clue why the Hand were after them initially. Why couldn't she finish off some of the Hand while they were tracking their target? She finished many of them off quite quickly when she put her mind to it. There are a few other questions I could mention, but they may reveal too much.

In closing, this is a ho-hum flick that tries too hard to be both an intellectual film with all of the flashbacks and an action flick. What you end up with is a fluffy action flick with almost no plot development and zero character development. In fact, this film had an advantage over other first films for comic characters: no need to develop the main character. That was done in "Daredevil," which I have to give credit for building up two superheroes in one film. That's the one thing that all comic flicks have to fight with initially. "Elektra" didn't even use that to its advantage. Instead, it played out as if it was looking for a plot, or at least a good reason, for our heroine to do what she did during the film.

I only recommend this flick as a purchase to hardcore "Elektra" fans. You may want to buy it if you, like me, are a completionist and just have to have every Marvel flick on DVD. Otherwise I'd rent this film before laying any cash money down for it. It's okay, but there are plenty of better comic flicks out there to purchase.

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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
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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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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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