Released from death by her new master, Elektra (Garner) returns
to the world to become a feared assassin. Now trained in the art of Kimagure,
Elektra has the ability to see the future and anticipate her opponent, making
her feared throughout the criminal syndicates. She is ruthless and without
mercy but that is about to change when she meets her latest target, a father
and daughter, who seem to have no importance in the greater scheme of things.
In the movie and comic book world a character never really
dies and despite falling at the hands of Bullseye in 'Daredevil', Elektra
returns for another adventure.
Marvel's first spin-off movie during the current comic book
adaptation renaissance sees the best character and fan favourite from the
Daredevil universe get an movie all of her own. The reason Elektra returns
to the silver screen before Matt Murdock's blind vigilante is because of
star Jennifer Garner. Easily outshining Ben Affleck, Michael Clarke Duncan
and Colin Farrell, she was the real star of 'Daredevil' and her character
was by far the most interesting. Acknowledged as one of the most professional
and nicest stars working in Hollywood today, Garner has the acting ability
to match a beautiful looks but the problem is that see is the only reason
to see the film.
Elektra suffers from a very average and undeveloped script.
This is an action movie that is lacking action sequences and any real pace.
There is no question that Jennifer Garner can handle anything that the director
and stunt coordinator can through at her (all you have to do is watch her
in the TV hit 'Alias'), but the script just doesn't provide enough for her
to do. There is also a lack of backstory. After a brief introduction during
the opening credits, we find out little more about the film's main villains
'The Hand'. All we know is that they are an evil organisation and they want
'the Treasure' for themselves. 'The Treasure', a powerful warrior who can
influence the battle between good and evil, is also underdeveloped with
little explanation of its background and how it came into being.
On the performance front, only Jennifer Garner's Elektra
has any kind of development with her backstory revealed in this movie and
what we previously know from 'Daredevil', the rest don't fair much better
though. Goran Visnjic and Kirsten Prout as Mark and Maggie Miller are criminally
underdeveloped. While we can understand why some of their story is not revealed
too soon, due to plot development but we need to know more about their past
and more about what has happened to them. Terence Stamp brings some class
to the production but his character and the art of Kimagure also suffer
from a lack of development. The Hand assassins also suffer from a lack of
screen time, which is a shame, as some of them seem quite interesting.
'Elektra' is a missed opportunity. With a wealth of back
material from the long running comic book, there is no reason for this film
to be as average as it is. Star Jennifer Garner deserves a lot more than
this to work with and the same can be said about the supporting cast. Lets
hope that this is only a blip in resurgence of the Marvel comic book movie.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic with a choice of Dolby Digital
5.1 or dts soundtracks, the transfer is extremely good. The comic book
world of Elektra is vividly brought to life via a crystal clear picture.
The sound quality is also extremely good especially during the climatic
Deleted Scenes (5.22 mins)
Entitled 'Sai approach', 'Rounding up the troops' and 'Come back to me',
these three deleted scenes have optional commentary by director Rob Bowman.
Look out for an appearance by someone for the Elektra universe.
The Making of Elektra (12.59 mins)
Director Rob Bowman, executive producer Avi Arad, producer Gary Foster,
stunt coordinator Mike Gunther, costume designer Lisa Tomczeszyn and stars
Jennifer Garner, Terence Stamp, Kristen Prout and Goran Visnjic come together
to talk about Elektra. The cast and crew discuss the characters of the
piece, highlighting Elektra's past and the evil character that she will
face. The featurette also takes you behind the scenes of the fight training,
showing you that Jennifer Garner did all her own stunts. We also see how
the look of the film and character where created.
Elektra: Incarnations (52.49 mins)
Creator Frank Miller, artist Klaus Janson, illustrator Bill Sienkiewicz,
writer Brian Michael Bendis and writer Greg Rucka talk about the evolution
of Elektra. From her Daredevil origins, each collaborator talks about
their contribution to the character and how they became involves with
comics and the assassin. The documentary takes us through the design process
of the character, from her look, style and personality, to her relationships
and place in the Marvel Universe. This is fascinating stuff, as you witness
the evolution of a character through life, death and resurrection in the
Daredevil: Director's Cut Sneak Peek (1.26 mins)
Writer/Director Mark Stephen Johnston introduces the DVD release of the
director's cut of the super hero movie.
Inside Look (2.12 mins)
Previews of 'Fantastic Four' and 'Ice Age 2: The Meltdown'
Preview of House of Flying Daggers and The Simpson's on DVD
Fox have done a great job with the release of 'Elektra' on DVD. While
the featurette maybe sort and the lack of a commentary track is almost
criminal, the inclusion of the 'Elektra: Incarnations' documentary make
up for any shortcomings. With a dts soundtrack and excellent presentation,
fans of the film should be very happy with this release.
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