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Released: 2005

Genre: Action & Adventure

Runtime: 1 hr 37 min

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Rob Bowman

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Goran Višnjić, Kirsten Prout, Will Yun Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Terence Stamp

Super heroine Elektra battles ninjas.

A chore to sit through.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 7 years ago

In Elektra, the excruciating new Daredevil spin-off starring Jennifer Garner, a ninja cult known as the Hand is out to kidnap the mysterious “Treasure,” who will end a centuries-old war between good and evil. If that sounds like the plot of the latest PlayStation 2 bloodbath, don’t get too excited. The film recreates the tedious experience of watching your friends play a video game for 97 minutes.

Garner reprises her role as Elektra Natchios, who, as we find out, was revived in an ambulance after Bullseye dealt her that seemingly fatal blow at the end of Daredevil. Now working as a hired assassin, Elektra becomes the reluctant guardian of Mark Miller (Goran Visnjic) and his daughter, Abby (Kirsten Prout), who are being hunted by the Hand.

As directed by Rob Bowman, who created some of the most electrifying episodes of The X-Files, Electra is skimpy on details, relying on brief flashbacks to sketch in character development and storyline. It’s baffling that Hollywood is capable of making such empty comic-book adaptations, when the world of comics is filled with labyrinth plotting, complex characterizations and lurid sexuality.

Elektra, which was adapted from the acclaimed work of Frank Miller (Sin City), barely registers as a comic-book movie at all. Garner dons her red silk costume only twice. The film plays like a generic hired-assassin melodrama, stuffed with second-rate action.

Bowman’s one inspired visual involves a member of the Hand named Tattoo, who can send live wolves, eagles and snakes leaping from his flesh. That looks and feels like a comic book. The rest of Elektra is a chore to sit through.