Elektra (2005) – Review

2 Stars

Before Marvel reinvented itself with Ironman in 2008, the high-water mark was X2, Elektra has long been thought of as the low-point for the company. I would argue that Ghost Rider or Blade:Trinity holds this unremarkable title, but there is no mistaking that this spin-off of the so-so Daredevil big-screen adventure is a silly romp with little on the agenda outside of the most basic plot elements.

Resurrected back to life after sustaining mortal injuries in Daredevil, Elektra Nachos (Jennifer Garner) now lives a secluded life as the world’s most formidable assassin. Her latest assignment; to kill a father and his teenage daughter. The once reliable killing machine suddenly has a soft spot for her targets. This act of defiance brings the trio together against a series of maniacal and mystical villains.

After nearly a decade of over-long self-important superhero films, it is mildly refreshing that this lean movie clocks in at 90 minutes and acknowledges its own ludicrousness. Jennifer Garner (and her mid-drift) is always a welcome sight, her flawless skin is highlighted by director Rob Bowman’s annoying over-reliance on using close-up shots. This entire move feels claustrophobic due to the lack of virtually any wide shots. However, the editing rhythms are solid and the score gives weight to a movie that is otherwise air soft.

Director: Rob Bowman
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Terrence Stamp, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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