The latest Marvel adaptation isn’t quite as good as
the movie it spun off from.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios

Goran Visnjic as Mark Miller

Kirsten Prout as Abby Miller

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Roshi

Terence Stamp as Stick

Natassia Malthe as Typhoid Mary

Will Yun Lee as Kirigi

Colin Cunningham as McCabe

Written by Raven Metzner, Zak Penn and Stu Zicherman,
based on
characters by Frank Miller

Directed by Rob Bowman

Complete information is available from the
IMDB
.

Past movie reviews can be found here.

Premise

Elektra, back from the dead, is hired to assassinate
her neighbours.

High Point

Stick plays pool.

Low Point

Elekta’s change of heart comes across as a bit too
sudden. It looks
like they were trying to make it accessible to those
who haven’t seen
Daredevil by just failing to mention
anything that happened
in that film. While this makes sense without seeing
Daredevil (or, at least, makes as much sense
as it would if
you have seen Daredevil) there is some
character motivation
involved that really requires a stronger reminder of
her relationship
with her father to really work.

The Scores

How original is this film? It’s an
adaptation, which is a
bit of a problem already, but it’s also a standard
“good vs. evil,
protect the innocent” story as well. If you’ve seen
other martial
arts movies or fantasy movies, you’ll have seen
pretty much everything
there is to see here. I give it 2 out of 6.

The effects may have been the best executed
element of the
film. Even Tattoo looks good, which is hard in a
film like this. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The story is sparse, simplistic, and
predictable. The story
is not the reason to see this movie. It gets the job
done, and sets
up some action sequences, but that’s it. There’s
nothing particularly
powerful or driving involved. I give it 3 out of 6.

The acting is actually pretty good, even
from the young
actress playing Abby (Kirsten Prout). Terence Stamp
does an excellent
job as Stick. Jennifer Garner is decent as Elektra,
too, but the
writing for her character involves some sudden
emotional shifts that
don’t quite play off properly. I suspect that it’s
more of a writing
problem than an acting problem, as there wasn’t a
proper transition,
but you’ll notice it first from her acting. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was weak. The story
was just too
predictable to generate any sort of suspense. There
were a few
laughs, but that’s about it. The complete package is
actually rather
bland. I give it 3 out of 6.

The production was fairly good. Bowman
recruited several of
his past co-workers from The X-Files, so
we’ve got a team
that can do a good job. For some reason, though, it
just doesn’t
quite pull together the way they used to. There are
an irritating
number of lens flares that remind you that you’re
watching a movie,
and several of the action sequences are shot much too
close to really
follow what’s going on. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s not a terrible film, but it’s
certainly not
great. Most of you will probably want to wait until
it’s out on video
instead. I give it 3 out of 6.

In total, Elektra receives 24 out of 42.