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5.0 out of 5 stars Mmm...Jennifer Garner, January 14, 2005
Being the huge Jennifer Garner fan that I am, I had to see this opening day. As expected, Jennifer is onscreen almost the entire time, often in that red leather bodysuit. That alone was well worth the ticket price, and earned about two extra stars.

The rest of the movie had strengths and weaknesses. The fights were excellent, the acting was very good, the special effects (especially on Tatoo) were cool, and there was some stylish direction.

Yet overall I didn't think it was quite as good as either of the X-Men movies. The bad guys weren't established as well, with three of them just appearing all at the same time (one or two fleshed-out villains is much better than 5 who don't get enough screentime). The evil organization "The Hand" basically looked like a Japanese corporation with some unexplained connection to the underworld (when it's members die, their bodies vanish into smoke). The flashbacks gave depth to the title character, but I thought they came up too often.

Basically, it's well worth seeing for fans of Jennifer Garner or of the genre, but I didn't think it was up to the X-Men or Spiderman movies (which I absolutely loved). There's room for vast improvement if they make the right moves on a director's cut DVD, though.
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