DVD Reviews | Apr 6th, 2005
Starring Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Terence Stamp, Kirsten Prout
Written By: Mark Steven Johnson/Frank Miller
Directed By: Rob Bowman
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The spin-off to 2003’s Daredevil, finds Elektra, starring Jennifer Garner, restored to life from her fatal wounds from that film, and now lives life for one thing, as the world’s deadliest assassin.
Resurrected by her former master Stick (Terence Stamp), Elektra is brought back to be the most powerful and deadliest assassin for the Kirigi and The Order of the Hand. Who is that you may ask? Well, they are a group of deadly assassins who each have special traits. One guy has a whole bunch of tattoos with creatures on them. He then goes in a daze and those tattoos become real life things and attack their prey. For Elektra, with each assignment, she must go out and destroy whatever is in her way. But this latest assignment she is ordered to kill a father and a daughter, played by Goran Visnjic and Kirsten Prout respectively. For some reason, Elektra can’t go through with it. She gets close to the family, Mark Miller (Visnjic) and Abby Miller (Prout), and feels she must defend them from the Order of The Hand. Elektra now must face The Order and they send in Ninja assassins to finish the job she could not. Elektra also believes the Miller’s are not telling her something. Well, maybe it has something to do with, a whole bunch of martial art, superhero-like assassins that keep trying to kill them. Yes, I’m going to spoil it for you folks, Abby has the same abilities that Elektra and the rest of The Order has. The group is trying to capture her so they can train her their evil ways. Elektra finds out and wants to set Abby free, unlike herself.
Directed by Rob Bowman (The X Files) takes the film from away from the fast paced action packed Daredevil and delivers more of a story first, action second type film. While the action looked cool, the writing and basic plot was pretty hokey. Terrence Stamp makes a brief appearance in the film as Elektra’s mentor, Stick, and is really a waste. He’s much more talented than a few lines in this movie. After his displeasure with lack of screen time in Star Wars: Episode I, you would think he would venture away from the fantasy/comic book genre. Jennifer Garner is alright as Elektra, with great physical abilities and can be easy on the eyes. I suppose her work on Alias has helped her stay in shape. Another surprise was Kirsten Prout who played Abby. She was pretty impressive for being just a teenager. Action was cool but at the same time, it was the typical run of the mill type of CGI and martial arts. It was nothing spectacular.
The special features were light for this film. Perhaps, due to the critical panning of this movie, Fox didn’t want to devote all its attentions to a bunch of loaded extras that no one would want to watch. You get a “Making of,” a few deleted scenes, and a quick look at Jennifer Garner presented footage at the Comic-Con Convention. My favorite was a sneak peak at trailers for Family Guy and American Dad premiering this May.
Elektra wasn’t the strongest movie, and with the film being a spin off probably didn’t help because Daredevil wasn’t the best movie either. Cool fight sequences and Jennifer Garner in red leather made the movie at least watchable. Let’s hope the Daredevil series goes away.
-Exclusive Deleted Scenes
-The Making of Elektra featurette including interviews with Jennifer Garner and Director Rob Bowman
-“Inside the Editing Room” featurettes
-Jennifer Garner’s Comic-Con Presentation
-Sneak Peak at The Return of TV’s “Family Guy” and new series “American Dad”
-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
-ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 CC
-SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
-FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
-Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Anything with Jennifer in that hot red suit, end battle
Running Time: 96 minutes