Director: Rob Bowman
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will
Yun Lee, Terence Stamp, Hiro Kanagawa, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa,
RunTime: 1 hr 36 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Released Date: 20 January 2005
(Courtesy from 20th Century Fox):
"Alias's" Jennifer Garner returns as ELEKTRA who
having survived the seemingly mortal wounds she suffered in
"Daredevil" becomes the world's most dangerous assassin.
When she gets her latest assignment, Elektra makes a decision
that can take her life in a new direction- or destroy her.
A spin-off from the “Daredevil” comics, “Elektra”
is the world’s most dangerous assassin. Played by the
gorgeous Jennifer Garner (“Alias”, “13 Going
On 30”), Elektra possess agility, skilled in the weaponry,
Sais and the ability to foreseen future events. Despite the
paper-thin plot, Garner who trained immensely for her role
has proven that there’s no actress out there who is
a better substitute. She is a one-man fighting machine equipped
with long flowing tresses, capable of winning over any potential
enemies and male species in the audience.
movie opens with Elektra hunting down her target (Jason Issacs
in a cameo) and later on we learnt that she was once brought
back from the dead by Stick (Terence Stamp), a wise blind
man who has a zen-like serenity and master of “The Chaste”
and long-time enemy of the wealthy, evil “The Hand”
Rob Bowman (“Reign of Fire”, “The X-Files”)
and the screenwriters have created Elektra to be a woman searching
desperately for her identity, she sees herself as a killer
machine, lost and isolated from the world. When she comes
upon a father and daughter who are pursued by “The Hand”,
her purity in her heart springs to uncover the natural heroine
instincts and regaining her past emotions and happiness. Unfortunately,
the pacing of the movie is seriously uneven. This glitch might
caused a few action-starved fans to crack up though there
are a few combat sequences which sees Elektra executing her
sais with excellent fluency.
noteworthy are the posse of colourful villains who appeared
in the movie. Kirigi, a master swordsman, Tattoo with magical
power from his array of animal tattoos which can come easily
to life and Typhoid Mary who possess deadly breathe and feel.
But with each from the group encountering an easily defeated
death, it’s hard to leave any deep impression or feel
much of the characters.
the end of the day, “Elektra” is again not one
of Marvel’s best movie adaptations. Bordering between
character development and cheesy effects, the original energetic
feel of the comics is lost in translation to the big screen.
It’s electrifying to see Jennifer Garner in “Elektra”
but it’s not electrifying enough to jolt us to see more
of the movie.