Elektra (2005)

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Elektra (2005)

Post  BoG on Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:28 am

There's always a danger with these offshoot pictures (spun off from Daredevil-2003 in this case) that the character which worked fine as part of an ensemble will not succeed on his/her own. Elektra should have worked out fine; if only they'd written her into a more compelling tale. Garner obviously has star quality, still in that "Alias" TV series while filming this. She's quite morose in the first half, having been killed, reborn, and skulking in the dark shadows as a premiere assassin (this is all very briefly displayed and an expanded version might exist later). The problem is that a main character in perennial sulk does not translate into interesting characterization. Things appear to perk up when she reaches the turning point in the story - there's a line she won't cross as far as the killing goes - but the viewer is rewarded by little more than a simplistic chase plot and a 'big sister/little sister' bonding subplot.
Admitedly, those doing the chasing are not without interest; there's more than a resemblance to some or any team of super-villains from the comic books. Each evil member has his own specialty or super-power, all devoted to the art of killing, of course. I was a little disappointed in the leader, Kirigi, who seemed too young and lacked a gravitas to match his formidable abilities. It all wrapped up rather quickly in that maze and I was also puzzled by the ineffectiveness of the poisonous female villain, whose mere presence kills plants but can't cause death to the girls after prolonged contact. You keep waiting for something really interesting to happen and it never does, a 'by the motions' approach of the director. Terence Stamp is pretty good as the elder teacher Stick in his few scenes (taken from the Daredevil comic book). It's curious that the rare major motion picture with a female comic book heroine was this, based on a late entry in the comics mythos, rather than another, such as Black Widow, She-Hulk, or even from the competition, Wonder Woman (though the Black Widow finally got traction as part of an ensemble in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the Iron Man, Captain America and Avengers films. The fact that Elektra didn't do well at the box office was probably predestined - remember Supergirl from 1984?  BoG's Score: 5 out of 10
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