I have recently had the pleasure of seeing the
latest Marvel adaptation, Elektra. Now, I am sure you have already
heard some early negative reports and I, sadly, have to agree with these
Elektra takes on many super-villains in the final fight.
Fantastic Four Trailer
Before I jump into the review of Elektra, I got to shout out that
I was able to see the first Fantastic Four trailer before the film.
Ok, the trailer is pretty good, but very sporatic. You can tell that the
Fantastic Four trailer was most likely hurried, without too much
polish applied before 20th Century Fox quickly called it a wrap. It is extremely
evident by the fact that there is little to no dialogue, and cheap looking
headers [simple black and white fonts]. Other than that, I'm excited for
things to come.
In Elektra, Jennifer Garner reprises her role as the Marvel comics
heroine, a spin-off of Daredevil. If you saw Daredevil,
Elektra dies at the end of the film by the hands of Bulls Eye. At the introduction
monologue of Elektra, we discover that she was brought back [to
life] by a special cult that represents the side of good. The fact that
Elektra had died is the only [somewhat] connection back to Daredevil.
The film never mentions how she dies, leaving the viewer to assume Daredevil.
The story revolves around two factions, each side representing good or evil.
The good side enjoys wearing white and is lead by a blind guy named Stick
[Terrance Stamp]. The evil side, also known as the 'hand', is an interesting
mix. The evil side is consisted of almost all Asians as they operate out
of a high rise that has Tokyo style elements applied to it.
After Elektra's revival by the side of good, she is permitted to stay with
the group and train. She soon proves herself to be the most powerful of
the students, but still has too much hate in her heart. Because of this,
Stick makes the decision to boot her from the training camp so she can discover
who she is on her own. However, Elektra quickly falls into the
profession of assassin for hire. Let me tell you, this little lady enjoys
The first scene of the film shows how Elektra works, as she easily mows
down a security force and ruthlessly assassinates her target. It is then
revealed later that their was only money in the target, and the destruction
of the security force was unnecessary. So, to put it simple, this girl is
a biatch. Soon after this assassination, Elektra is offered a new 'job'
by her agent. Elektra sets out again to a location, but the target remains
unidentified. While at the location, Elektra encounters a father [Goran
Visnjic] and daughter [Kirsten Prout] who convince her to have some social
events with them. Again, Elektra isn't the nicest person on the planet and
isn't very keen on the offer; at least at the beginning. Soon after she
develops this relationship, her target packet arrives instructing her to
assassinate the father and daughter.
Natassia Malthe plays as the smoking little temptress Typhoid Mary
Elektra shows remorse and, instead, protects the father and daughter from
further assassins. This protection continues through out the rest of the
film. However, along the way Elektra realizes that this daughter is something
special and is a 'chosen one' that has been predicted to balance the war
between good and evil.
Elektra- The Movie
Elektra follows the standard comic book clichés but seems
to spend its entire running just going through the motions rather than providing
anything too exciting or too memorable. The most memorable fight wasn't
even between Elektra and another super-villain, it was instead a fight between
her and a ninja carrying a dart gun. Don't get me wrong, some of the characters
were cool, but none of them had any dimension. Tattoo, the bad guy with
the tattoos that come to life, was a cool idea as he uses his needle art
to help him fight and conduct surveillance. However, there is nothing more
to this character but animated tattoos. This goes the same for Typhoid Mary.
Natassia Malthe is smoking hot as this character, but didn't offer much
than a sexy style and a sexy walk. I can go down the list of the other super-villains
and say the same thing for all of them. I know it is hard to do a comic
adaptation with so many super characters on the plate [X-Men United
pulled it off], but Rob Bowman [director] doesn't even seem to try to add
anything to these characters besides abilities. People enjoy character driven
movies too, why do you think the Spider-Man films have done so well.
Obviously, the film continues its course until the final showdown between
Elektra and all the remaining super-villains. While this showdown does offer
CGI sheets [I was hoping it to stop], it is not much of a finale for this
film or any action film. In the end, the only thing I truly enjoyed was
watching Jennifer Garner bounce around in fight scenes and Natassia Malthe
with her hot ass "I need a spanking" look. Other than that, there
is not that much to Elektra.
Final Judgment: First, I'm starting to get worried about Marvel adaptations,
as their track record is beginning to sink. On that note, while Elektra
strived to separate itself from Daredevil, it
only succeeded by not mentioning Daredevil at all. Conversely,
the two films both offer a similar pacing and the same emptiness among
their characters. While there are enjoyable moments and cool looking villains
in Elektra, the film falls short from being anything worth a