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Having seen a number of the Marvel comics based films it is always interesting to see what is to come next and so having seen Daredevil which stars Jennifer Garner as Elektra it is something different to now see a film with Elektra at the very center of the story itself without having to share in the attention but does that make for a film that works? The storyline for the film sees Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner), who we are seeing years after the incidents in Daredevil, who has been trained as a martial arts specialist who has been pushed aside by many due to her extreme rage she carries with her and so she has used this rage to her advantage by becoming a contract killer. When she is offered a huge payday for a simple contract with an unusual stipulation that she has to stay in a house on the island where the killing is to be done for a few days before she is given the identities of her targets and so for Elektra this is a deal she can''t refuse. Whilst living in the house she meets Mark Miller (Goran Visnjic) and his daughter Abby (Kirsten Prout) who she finds herself liking a lot and even begins to find herself having romantic feelings towards Mark so when she is then told these are her targets she decides that she can''t go through with it but that won''t stop the person who took the contract from getting the job done and so Elektra must fight to save their lives against the person who sent her to kill them. First off I have to say that I can''t criticize Jennifer Garner as she does her best throughout the film and does very well with the martial arts side of the role to enable for the action scenes to be done well. The rest of the casting I really can''t comment on too much as I think that each person has done the best they can but have found it difficult to be able to deliver the best performances due to the lack of feel for any of the characters which is something I really think this film needs and I personally didn''t find myself having any strong emotional links to anyone in the film so didn''t care too much what happened to them. The story for me felt quite weak in the way it was delivered as there was no real character development to go with the plot and this is something I feel the film suffered because of as even with a weak story you can feel some level of link to the characters but I didn''t. The film seemed to hold too much hope that it would be able to get by on Jennifer Garner looking great and performing martial arts well but this is not something I feel can be the basis of an entire film that lasts over 90 minutes. Overall this is a film I wanted to enjoy and had high hopes for but I just felt completely let down and but for Jennifer Garner doing a good job in her role I would be rating this a 1 star offering. The storyline needed much more development and the complete lack of my being able to feel anything for any of the characters showed a lack of this being put at the center of a film which suffered greatly for the lack of these kind of details.
I enjoyed watching the TV series Alias so when I saw this film advertised starring Jennifer Garner from the show I thought it might be worth watching. Released in 2005 and directed by Rob Bowman, Elektra is based on the Marvel comic character Elektra Natchios and is a spin off of the 2003 film Daredevil starring Ben Affleck.
Elektra was once a student of Kimagure, a force for good but now works as a cold blooded assassin. Her next assignment is to kill a man and his daughter but something stops Elektra and she then vows to protect them from Kirigi and The Order of the Hand. As the battle between good and evil comes to a head, Elektra is at the forefront, protecting something known as 'The Treasure'.
I didn't have very high expectations for this film from the advert; I thought it would be another mediocre comic book adaptation much like its predecessor Daredevil that definitely lacked something special.
Elektra is introduced as somewhat mysterious and although we know her mother was killed when she was a young girl, we never really know how or why and neither does she. This creates the idea that the viewer knows as much as the protagonist, helping us to feel like a part of the story.
At the end of Daredevil Elektra dies so off course something mystical has to happen to bring her back. The force hear is the Kimagure lead by blind man Stick, not only do they posses the power to bring people back from the dead, they can also predict the future. In a flashback we see Stick training Elektra but then dismissing her because she wasn't ready mentally. This emphasises the emotional struggle Elektra is having trying to do the right thing but still wanting revenge.
Kirigi and The Order of the Hand are definitely the bad guys; they are quite imposing and have a variety of different talents but I found them very two dimensional. I felt like I had to accept they were bad through and through without any real explanation. It would have been nice to know a little more background on the baddies, to see their motivations to at least know why they want to use their talents for evil.
Although the ending was a little predictable I find the journey quite exciting. I felt as in the dark as the characters most of the way through and even though there were obvious clues given, I didn't notice them until afterwards.
I do think the scenery has been really well shot; some of the locations are particularly stunning and colourful, creating a visual feast as you watch. The costumes are a little out there and I have to assume Elektra's costume comes from the comic book as it's a bit too tight to be comfortable when performing martial arts. The others don't really have costumes; they seemed to be in ordinary clothes, making them blend into the background whilst she remains in the forefront.
I felt some of the special effects were really well done; I thought Tattoo in particular was very believable when using his 'power'. Some times though it looked a little out of place, I thought Elektra looked like she was flying around in the Dancing on Ice final on some occasions as she went through the air.
The action and fight scenes all seemed well choreographed and I found them quite realistic to watch; I have read that Jennifer Garner trained hard for this role, doing many of her own stunts and I think this is apparent as the use of body doubles seems to have been kept to a minimum.
The dialogue was a little bland at times and I felt it was also rushed. It was almost as if the filmmakers were racing through the talking so they could get to the next bit of excitement. I understand that many people go to see films for the action but a bit more depth would have added greatly to the characters.
I think Jennifer Garner really fitted into the role of Elektra. She gave the character every emotion necessary to be believable from passion and hatred to insecurity and naivety. She also gave her a great physical presence, making her dominant in every scene she had.
I thought Terence Stamp suited the role of Stick but felt his talents were a little underused as his character wasn't explained enough. I wanted to know what his motivation was for saving Elektra, and why he trained her only to let her go.
Goran Visnic was a bit of eye candy for the ladies as Mark Miller, the man Electra tries to help. His daughter Abby was portrayed well by Kirsten Prout, she managed to make her character cocky but likable at the same time.
I thought the villains were all well played and cam across as suitably sinister and creepy. I particularly liked Will Yun Lee's Kirigi and Chris Ackerman's Tattoo.
Overall, I quite liked this film. It wasn't fantastic and the holes in the plot and character background were a little annoying but the stunning visuals, great acting and fight sequences make this well worth a watch. I don't know how it compares to the comics as I have never read them but I found it enjoyable to watch from start to finish. It is currently available on Amazon for £3.93 and is a certificate 12.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Orphan Elektra is taken in by Stick who trains her in the art of martial arts and she does excel in her training but before long she is thrown out and has to make her own way in the world. As a result she becomes an assassin for hire and is excellent at her job. Her agent decides that she needs a break so she rents a house but soon a job is given to her. She has the task of killing a father and son but her emotions get the better of her and she cannot do it.
The father and daughter, Mark and Abby have befriended her but they are hiding their past from her and Elektra needs to know why the Order of the Hand are chasing them and trying to get Abby. Elektra seeks help from the Stick and soon uncovers the truth but can she now save them and if so at what cost?
This really was not my choice of film and I think hubby only really wanted to watch it due to the sexy costume Elektra wears. I have to say though I was very surprised with the film and though it did actually have a good storyline and acting despite being another comic book film. The storyline was quite far fetched at times but this can be overlooked as it is based on a comic book character. Despite never having seen Elektra in a comic book I found the storyline and the way it was put across to be very good.
The role of Elektra was played by Jennifer Garner and I thought she did a fantastic job, she showed so many sides to her character and even though for the majority of the film she was a hard woman who always seemed paranoid she did show a softer side as the film moved on. I think she made the role very believable and I loved how we got to see flash backs of her past and learnt why she is like she is and what lead her to do the job she did. She worked well with the role of Mark who was played by Goran Visnjic and there was a good chemistry between them both. The best partnership and on screen chemistry for me was that between Elektra and Abby as she knew what Abby was feeling and how she hard she found her life, I loved the way she acted as a mother figure to her at times. The role of Abby was played by Kirsten Pout and I thought she too was excellent in her role and showed that she could actually act and do it well. I loved how she managed to tackle to storyline and action scenes and she made it look effortless.
There were a lot of other supporting actors in the film and the one which I liked was that of Stick who was played by Terence Stamp, Hubby drove me mad as he says the character was actually Dare Devil and they slightly altered this for the film which drove me mad as in the film he was known as Stick and this is what I wanted to know he as. He had a great on screen presence and showed what a true professional actors he was by acting as a blind man and making it very convincing. The others were good and gave a good mix of people and characters to the film.
The film had loads of special effects in and for me they were all very well made and fitted into the film excellently. I did not notice any badly added backdrops or dodgy fight scenes and they all looked authentic. I did feel though the character Tattoo was a bit freaky with the way he could magic his tattoos to life and the effects used for this were so good I had to look away at times. The music throughout the film was also good and added to the tension and dram of the scenes in which it was used.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak of. The running time of the film is 97 minutes and I did find this was a good length with the storyline moving at a good pace from start to finish. The certificate on the film is a 12A and I do agree with this as the film is very violent and not suitable for children to watch. The DVD can be bought for just a few pounds on several internet sites.
I am definitely going to recommend this film as it did surprise me by having a good storyline and great acting where as I thought it was just going to be some dumb sexy woman parading round showing what special powers she had. One for all Comic Book fans.
Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner) died. She died. She was killed by the Irish assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell). We all saw how in "Daredevil" he drove one of her sai and most certainly through to her heart. Basically she was killed by her own weapon. So how is this film even possible? To wrap your mind around this film, just remember we're in the Marvel world - anything goes. We learn quite early on in the film that Elektra was in fact revived by a martial arts master! Yay!! A chance for Marvel to make a few more bucks! Sadly, this is not to be.
The release of "Elektra" was not met with the same amount of enthusiasm that is normally expected of a comic-book movie. Barely covering its budget with the worldwide box office, "Elektra" was a failure, an outcome that is not at all surprising given the quality of the film. After coming back to life, Elektra is trained by the man responsible for giving her a second chance in life, Stick (Terence Stamp). She turns into a highly skilled assassin and she receives her new mission - to go and stay on a random island and wait for further instructions. There, she gets to befriend Mark (Goran Visnjic) and his daughter Abby (Kristen Prout). But when her final orders arrive, guess who the targets are. It seems she cannot kill them out of compassion and if that wasn't bad enough, she starts protecting them, again, out of compassion, when a band of supernatural assassins who refer to themselves as The Hand start hunting them down. Is she really a top assassin-for-hire? It's unclear.
Why are they after Mark and Abby? Are they after just Mark? Or just Abby? Questions arise and to be fair, they are answered. We just don't like the answers, nor do we feel anything for the characters. Mark is a slimy, romantic looking guy with a massive secret but never looks too bothered when certain characters start finding out. Abby is one annoying, hateful sidekick, one of those spoiled teens who think they have more talent than anyone else. It's hard to engage in a film where the helpless victims that the leading protagonist is trying so desperately to protect are such an unhelpful duo. It's easy to wish for their deaths so that Elektra can go back to doing what she does best: moving with the shadows, sneaking up on someone, and slaying him/her with her pair of sai.
It doesn't get better when the oddly dressed, slowly drifting bad guys appear. The guy who summons various animals from the tattoos on his body is quite cool, but the rest of The Hand remains generic and stuck with hardly anything to do. There's a toxic lady (Natassia Malthe) who spreads poison with a single touch, a rock-hard, indestructible brute (Bob Sapp), a fast guy (Edison T. Ribeiro), and a samurai-wannabe as their leader (Will Yun Lee). They come with ominous music, promise to provide some action, but after exchanging some badly written dialogue, they disappear off without much fuss. They should look frightening but instead, this is due to the overwritten score and/or script as well as the perfect stillness of everyone associated with The Hand, whenever seriousness is required, unintentional comedy ensues.
Garner does her best with the script but her complex character is never explored in any depth. She has OCD. Why? Is this to do with her rough childhood? It's never explained, and after some brief hints at her condition, the director must have forgotten all about it, because that subject matter is never visited again. As a warrior, Garner fits the role, and succeeds in looking both deadly but also appealing with her weapon of choice: a pair of sai. She appears stunning with them, and they are weapons of many versatile functions, which are supposed to give room for much slick action.
Since Garner's character was a supporting one in "Daredevil," it's reasonable that she never got the chance to spin them around, whipping out some polished martial arts moves, but "Elektra" is a film focused entirely on her. So it's confusing and frustrating to see there is so much holdback when it comes to the action. Was the budget not big enough? There are at most three scenes that involve Garner fending off the villains but they always seem to be cut short for various reasons. Even the final inevitable one-on-one that involves Elektra's slight struggle to overcome the last baddie (because let's face it, superhero films are filled with the ultimate showdown sequences where the hero takes a good pounding at the beginning but in the end with a sudden revelation gains the ability to overpower the antagonist) is rushed past, that leaves the film to end on a sour note. Quite often the cinematography is never good enough to keep up with the action and the unfocused, rapidly-edited series of shots strung together provide nothing but headaches of rage and annoyance. There is a lengthy cat-and-mouse face-off that includes sheets - lots and lots of white sheets. A nice idea, but due to some poor direction, rather than looking elegant and mysterious it looks messy and has absolutely no style.
But "Elektra" scores some merits thanks to Garner's charisma and her skills when handling her weapons. Rare moments in which the audience can actually follow the action are commendable, with some good choreography that Garner is perfectly capable of handling. But it's a shame those moments don't come very often. With too much talking and not enough fighting, "Elektra" turns into a shockingly dull superhero flick, overextending the lifespan of a character who probably should have stayed dead.
Elektra is an action/adventure movie released about 5 years ago now starring Jennifer Garner. I'd seen a few movies with her in them so wanted to see this on DVD.
In regards to the plot of the movie, Jennifer Garner plays Elektra who is a young woman whose life is in transition. She has been requested that she leave the school where she was training martial arts with Stick played by Terence Stamp. The specific martial art she was perfecting was one that can give the user control over time and future, life and death, so quite powerful.
She is now currently working in a job as a paid assassion. Her jobs are all arranged by her agent, McCabe played by Colin Cunningham. She would love to take a break and stop doing this job for a while but she has been asked to do a job that will pay her double. With great reluctance she agrees to take this on.
So the adventure begins as she is sent to stay in a house by a lake. However, when she arrives there her orders are not there and she is forced to wait for news. She meets Abby Miller played by Kirsten Prout and her father Mark played by Goran Visnjic who live a few houses down the coast and she goes for dinner with them. The next day her orders arrive and her targets for assassination are of course Mark and Abby!. So she now has a dilemma as one of the worst things for an assassin is to know your victims or targets or be too close to them.
So, as she doesn't have it in her to kill them herself, she then has to defend them against an Asian gang who are set on killing them themselves. Only Elektra who was originally told to kill them can stand in the way of another assassin and save them...
I thought Jennifer Garner was fantastic in her portrayal of Elektra and played her character perfectly. She showed a side that was very detached from everyone and moody which was pefect for the role. Her supporting cast do a great job too.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable and entertaining movie, despite being a bit predictable. The effects are fantastic and the way they reach the conclusion which you know is probably coming is what makes this film worth watching.
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Daredevil was by no means a particularly great film, but it was fairly serviceable as a slice of trashy pulp entertainment that didn't take itself too seriously. While its key purpose was to establish the character of Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, the film also introduced us to the side character of Elektra, who was then supposedly killed by Bullseye at the end of the film. However, it turns out that a man called Stick (Terrence Stamp) revived her, as a war is brewing between good and evil that has laid dormant for centuries. A group called the Hand, of bad guys who can turn into animals via the tattoos on their bodies, are going to wreak havoc unless Elektra can stop them. What's more, it seems that they're trying to kill Mark Miller (Goran Visnjić) and his young daughter, two people Elektra herself was contracted to kill but could not go through with.
The film follows a very simple plot and it isn't hard to guess how it all goes down. It suffers from a self-serious tone that means the film is never much fun, even if it does have some fairly decent visual effects and a solid effort from Jennifer Garner. It's a woefully inept and cliched plot, though, and this means this film can never gain enough traction to be entertaining.
In a word: pitiful. Some credit is due for the action scenes, but the surrounding plot and script are so dire that the few decent moments of freneticism are almost wholly negated. Quite probably the worst comic book adaptation yet to come down the pipe, by no fault of Jennifer Garner, who puts in a good effort.
Having made a name for herself in Alias, Jennifer Garner was looking to expand her career. So in an attempt to really get herself known she agreed to appear in this spin off from the comic book Daredevil. It was a comic book spin off of its own and now the film has followed suit after the limited success of Daredevil in 2003. Having been left for dead in Daredevil it made me wonder how they were going to magic Garner's character back to life.
Her character is literally magiced back to life as well. She is resurrected using the ancient art of Kimaguri, I'm still wondering exactly what it is, and set on a new path by her former mentor Stick. She can't obey the rules set down by him and as a result he tells her to leave. So without any real direction she becomes an assassin for hire, but when she's hired by The Hand to kill a man and his daughter, she falls for him and decides to help them rather than kill them.
The Hand still wants him dead and as Elektra has failed to complete the job they send someone else to do it for them. So now Elektra must protect him and his daughter and prevent the hand from getting to them and killing them. So they go on the run and Elektra turns to her old mentor for help, but will he help her? Can she stop The Hand? Well you will have to watch it and find out.
I'll admit that I didn't go into this film with high expectations. Off the back of Daredevil I suspected I'd find this to be just as bad as Daredevil. In fact I was very wrong it was even worse. It seems to fit into the comic book to Hollywood role call of awful films and somewhere around the bottom rung. There are elements taken from the more successful elements of Blade and X Men and tried to blend them into the Elektra style. I'm not familiar with the comics, but the story was so disjointed and uninteresting that it in no way encouraged me to look out for them.
The film is made by long time X Files director Rob Bowman, which initially made me think I'd enjoy it. I quite quickly found the opposite and the direction didn't really help to uncomplicated the story. There were too many needless flashbacks within the plot, where one would have done and this detracted from the effectiveness of the film. I couldn't help feeling if all the flash backs had been rolled into one at the beginning; it would have made it easier to follow. I also thought it should have had some mention at least back to Elektra's death in Daredevil and not just her reincarnation.
While the plot and direction didn't help the film, the casting had to be the final nail in its coffin. I'm quite happy to admit that Garner does look quite stunning in the Elektra outfit and that's probably what kept me watching. Her acting ability, however seemed to be severely lacking in a lot of ways. She didn't really suit the role in a feature length film and might have been the wrong choice for the original Daredevil. The rest of the cast were pretty much a selection of new actors and unknowns.
It meant that Garner was the only star appeal and I think this also makes the film suffer. The head of The Hand, if you pardon the expression, was Will Yun Lee, who I've only ever seen in a Bond film. His performance was pretty average and never really made the role his own. He was good at the martial arts aspect but that was about all he brought to the film. I think a well known baddie would have helped a little but the script meant the film was beyond saving before it even started.
The only pluses that could be drawn from the film were the special effects. It was visually quite a stunning film and all the special effects were done incredibly well. The fight scenes were well choreographed as well and that at least made parts of the film a little bit better than the rest of it. Good fight scenes and special effects are not however good enough to stop the film falling flat on its face. It seems a shame to have wasted such good effects on such a shoddy film.
For fans of the comics this might be a good idea and may even appeal to them. For me as an introduction to Elektra it's not encouraged me and I'll be avoiding any future films like the plague. I really do believe that Garner was the wrong choice for the lead role and that contributed to the overall failure to the movie. It was enjoyable in small parts but my interest wandered a few times and that affected my overall opinion. If you like comic book films give it a try, but I warn you in advance not to expect a decent film.
O boy, o boy I have some criticizing to do. Last night I have seen this one for the first time in hole. Previously I have just seen some bits and pieces of it. So I have decided that there is time to see the complete. I really shouldn't done that, because before I have seen it complete I had an impression, that this isn't a bad movie. Probably you have guess that my opinion had changed.
Story is something that you need to find out thro the movie. But in a nut shell it goes like this. Electra (Jennifer Garner) is some sort of a ninja, she uses her skills to kill people for money. But on one hit, she can't do it. She falls for a guy (Goran Visnjic) and her daughter (Kirsten Prout). Because she doesn't do the hit, they send someone else. A really bad guy comes. The bed guys with special powers. Electra knows who is sending them, but she thing that this isn't her business, so she tries to lye them on her previous sensei's back (who has kick her out of his training camp for people with special powers). But he refuses to help them, but just for show - in really he planed the hole thing himself. In the end is of course the final show down. But that's not all, the whole movie we see clips of Electra's past, but terrible distorted with the present and the future. They are so terrible mixed up, that we don't know anything. In the end, they tray to piece the things together, but there is still a lot of stuff unanswered.
I must say I was bored in about 15 minutes in the movie. The only thing that was good was special effects, they ware cool. And some fights, but not the last one, that one was terrible. Previous one ware well choreographed but the last one, just terrible. Hokey fights have more choreography in it.
As for the players. Well they made this movie while on there "spring break" from there series. Jennifer Garner from Alias and Visnjic from ER. And it shows! There is no effort, they aren't convincing they are boring. I haven't nothings against dramas, I even seen a lot of them, but this movie can be a bad drama or a bad action move. It's just bad.
Soundtrack is boring also, directing and editing. From this director I have expected more.
And maybe it was just my copy of DVD, but the picture was dark all the time. Even when in brood day light it seemed like there are clouds in the sky or it evening. Dark picture the whole time. But maybe this was just my copy.
This is probably the most ruined story from comics ever.
+: Special effect and some fights
-: ALL THE REST
Sum: You wont to electrify your self.
Elektra is by far one of my favourite movies, and really made me read the comics too. It follows a ressurected Elektra set after her death in DareDevil. Though many do not appreciate the movie for what it is. Speaking with countless film students about this film they all had the same thought in mind, good action movie but bad script. This made me laugh as through out watching the film what I've noticed is that Elektra is more real then any other character I've watched. She never states her emotions but you know exactly wat is happening just by her expression and actions. In film there is a need to explain the characters and why they do what they do but with Elektra and Jennifer Garners, exellent actions skill and supreme acting skill, you shouldn't have to ask once why she does what she does.
The story follows her as a legendary assasin, the only thing you see is the red of her costume before she kills you. (you still love her) but her next assignment changes her life. This is quite faithful to the comics and its refreshing to she a comic film be as faithful as Elektra.
One of my favourite films and one that I will watch over and over again.
This is a pretty basic martial arts revenge movie with not much more plot than that.
During the scenes where Jennifer Garner is dressed in her red Elektra costume there are certain angles where she facially looks like a very badly made-up drag queen. A very harsh chin and jawline making her look very masculine indeed. Almost as if a lot of her scenes were being shot by a man in very bad make-up.
The Chinese wire fighting was truly awful. What may have helped this film a little would have been a nice huge caveat stating "No reality was attempted during the filming of this picture". I normally hate that kind of fighting and previously hated films like House of Flying Daggers & Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The girl playing Abby was obviously chosen to look a little like a young version of Elektra. The head of the rogue faction of the hand gang did not look old enough to have been the man who killed Elektra's mother. I could only assume that at least 15 years had passed between the death of her mother and the final conflict back at their house.
Terrance Stamp is totally miscast as the Sensei but his voice is instantly recognizable at the start of the film. This truly could have done with more back story, setting up Elektra's credentials as an assassin. The little inset at the start was not enough. The whole set-up about the death of Elektra's mother was not filled out enough. We are never really told why (and if we are, it is NOT explained clearly enough for my liking).
The baddies are good but not given enough to do. The ending is weak, as is the whole film generally. Jennifer Garner could have been used so much better and cutting Ben Affleck as Daredevil out of the film was totally stupid. This film is for the martial arts lovers only. Everyone else? AVOID!
Elektra is a mystical assasin who gets paid alot of money to assasinate people,her legend is famous among many people and is generally feared.A new assignment takes her out to a beautiful lake where she is shocked to find her new target is a little girl and her farther,unable to complete the mission elektra goes on the run with the family who are up againt a mystical clan set on killing the girl,with her new mission to protect the child elecktra uncovers secrets to the tradgedy of her past.
This film didnt get a great press and i belive in some way it follows on from daredevil which i didnt enjoy as much as this one,i actually enjoyed this film as i thought the special effects where really good quite like mortal combat.Its a heart warming story with a lot of action in it and it keeps your intrest througout the film,i would recomend this to people that enjoyed daredevil and bat man begins on the whole its a pretty good film,i feel its was just lacking a bit of depth in the story.
Elektra continues from Daredevil, were Elektra (Jennifer Garner of ALIAS fame) was killed off by BullsEye and here she has been mystical revived from the dead and here is here quest to fashion her own path, often deviating between bad and good.
That is as far as i will go with the plot as i do not wish to spoil it for you guys but i thought it was a fairly interesting film, despite some poor acting in places. The story i though was quite brilliant at points, especially at the beginning but the Direction was pretty shoddy.
The final fight scene between good and evil was hugely anti-climactic and overused slow motion which made the fight scene drag on where not needed.
Its still a nice way to spend 90 mins for comic book fans and Jennifer Garner admirers out there.
It also has a nice special features bit where you can link back to Daredevil and Ben Affleck gets a bit of a cameo.
All in all a nice action film, without being overly happy!
(P.S This is my review from Ciao)
=== Elektra ===
Director: Rob Bowman
Release Date: 2005
Runtime: 97 mins Approx
=== The Plot. ===
After her 'death' in Daredevi, Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner), is revived by a blind man called Stick. She spends a while training with them, but is kicked out of the dojo, due to a reason unknown to her.
She becomes a proffesional assassin and kills people for money. And is sent away on business to kill some, at the time unkown, targets. She goes to enter the place she is staying, and sees some shadows moving about. Who she finds is a girl called Amy (Kirsten Prout) who is her new neighbour. After a lecture about breaking into people homes, Elektra meets the girls father, Mark Miller (Goran Visnjic) and is invited by the daughter to go to their house for Christmas dinner.
When the identity of her targets is given to her and she see's that the pictures are of Mark and Amy, she has second thoughts and decides not to kill them. When they are attacked by supernatural assasins, Elektra decides she has to protect the family no matter what, while trying to uncover why someone wants the dead.
=== My Opinion. ===
Although I preferred and enjoyed Daredevil alot more, this film was still slightly enjoyable, and not the worse film I've seen for a while. The acting from Garnerr is good enough for her role, because in this film she isn't as smiley as in Daredevil and is basically just a killer, so she has to show no emotion throughout the film, until towards the end.
The girl who plays Amy, steals the show and puts the rest of the adult to shame. She does a excellent potrayel of her character.
The action sequences in this film are pretty good, especially the one fight scene between Elektra and Will Yun Lee as Kirigi amist a room of floating sheets.
The fact that she isn't really a superhero, does spoil the film a little, and that it brings in supernatural things makes it even less realistic and even though Daredevil wasn't extremely realistic, it still felt possible due to the fact there weren't men with snakes coming out of their back or women killing people with kisses.
This isn't the best Marvel film, not by a long shot, but it isn't the worse either and is definetly watchable to say the least.
3 out of 5 stars.
(Also posted on Ciao.)
So, this 2005 film, Elektra, is another Marvel creation. As comic book films go, this is below par, but there is enough of interest and action here to keep any Marvel fan entertained.
Elektra Natchios suffered an apparent death in the 2003 film Daredevil. She is revived by Stick, a strange blind man, who is master of the Chaste. As the world's greatest assassin, she returns to training and receivess her latest target: a man and his daughter. As she arrives in the area to set her whereabouts and familiarise herself with the job at hand, she realises the true target that she must pursue is the group of supernatural assassins stalking her prey. Thus follows the tale of protection from the world's greatest assassin.
The Cast and Performances
Jennifer Garner reprises her 2003 role in Daredevil, and plods through the film without showing a great deal of emotion. I know Elektra is an assassin, but this was off-putting. The man she is sent to kill is Mark Miller, and is played by Goran Visnjic, better known as Dr Kovac in ER. The daughter Amy is played by Kirsten Prout, and she is the real gem of the film. The film centres slightly around her as she is the main target of the supernatgural squad Elektra must defeat. This squad consists of some fine acting from some Oriental acting stars, including Will Yun Lee as Kirigi. Terence Stamp is Stick. The ensemble is a strange combination, and there is something that does not ring true, although I think the actors have been limited by the plot and mood of the film.
This film is very dark and broody, and nearly slips into the artistic style of Oriental films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Jet Li's Hero. It does remain an action film of typical American style, though, and it is perhaps this apparent indecision that makes it not fit properly.
The acting is very standard, but the mood of the film does dictate this somewhat. A loose plot based around supernatural powers brings a bit-part character from one film into a film based around her, ie. Elektra, and I would say it wasn't done with the greatest patience. There are many marvellous Marvel adaptations, but this is not one of them. Elektra is disappointing, and I found myself confused during the fight scenes. They were choreographed well, and convincingly so, but the filming from multiple angles and at different speeds and zoom styles gives an unclear perspective. The same is true of some of the artistic sequences, too, and I just could not enjoy it, no matter how much I tried.
Disappointing Marvel creation. Drags and confuses.
I rate this film at 2 stars out of 5.
The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £3.97.
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This film brings another of Marvel Comics character to the fore. Here it is the turn of Elektra Natchios. She is a ninja assassin who wields a sai as her trademark weapon. Elektra was a character in Daredevil. There she was killed by Bullseye.
She is revived by Stick who is the master of the Chaste. Fully functioning Elektra continues her work as assassin. She is sent to kill a man and his thirteen years daughter, unwittingly she befriends them. In her place other assassins are sent to carry out the assignment. Elektra kills them. From assassin she becomes protector.
There is lot of action here. Being superheroes some of them travel faster than anyone can blink, magical powers and special fighting skills are main weapons used in fights. There is plenty of action.
The character of Elektra is broody and dead serious. I don't think she smiles once. There are flashbacks to her past which supposedly make us believe that she is a victim.
As a film it is not bad - the plot is predictable, fight scenes and chases are throughout the film.
I watched the film on TV. I thought it was pretty good. Better than Daredevil with whom Elektra has a relationship in the Comics and appeared in the daredevil movie in which she was killed.
While 2003's Daredevil was a conventional superhero movie, the 2005 spinoff, Elektra, is more of a wuxia-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. --David Horiuchi, Amazon.com