Elektra (2005)

ROB BOWMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5

Canada/USA, 2005.  Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, Marvel Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Horseshoe Bay Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Elektra Productions, SAI Productions.  Screenplay by , , , based on the motion picture characters created by , and the comic book characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

After experiencing a very difficult denouement at the end of Daredevil, spunky Greek goddess Elektra (Jennifer Garner) is brought back to the world as a razor-sharp-witted assassin with no equal for her talents in this air-headed but passable action film. Her latest murder assignment is to kill a little girl () and her loving father (), but the two of them inspire Elektra’s long-dormant sensitive feelings and she instead protects them from a lot of evil, weak, one-note, offensively Asian-stereotyped villains who want the girl for her apparent special powers (mostly she can handle herself with any given primitive weapon and she’s mouthy). Garner’s moves are terrific, and her puffy lips, push-up-brassiered boobs and perky butt make her quite the jolly spectacle in her carnival outfit (gotta love anyone who dons red leather just to kill you), but the story has no bite and the obstacles to all the characters’ goals are shamefully slim. Of course, it’s also the kind of movie that audiences only have a problem with because the lead is a girl; any crap-ass action movie with Jet Li or Jackie Chan is just as inane and, lately, full of cheesy video-game style violence that requires less and less stuntwork and more computer-graphic enhancement, but somehow these films seem not to inspire the same intellectual nit-picking that movies like this one and Catwoman do.

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