Elektra (Widescreen Edition)
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Following her death at the hands of Bullseye, Elektra Natchios, hired assassin skilled in the weapon of the sai, is brought back to life by the Order of the Hand, the ninja assassin group that first trained her. Given an order to kill a man and his teenage daughter, Elektra finds that a conscience is detrimental to life as an assassin.
While 2003's Daredevil was a conventional superhero movie, the 2005 spinoff, Elektra, is more of a wuxia-styled martial arts/fantasy flick. Elektra (Jennifer Garner) has returned to her life as a hired assassin, but she balks at an assignment to kill a single father (Goran Visnjic, ER) and his teenage daughter (Kirsten Prout). That makes her the target of the Hand, an organization of murderous ninjas, scheming corporate types, and a band of stylish supervillains seeking to eliminate Elektra and tip the balance of power in the ongoing battle of good vs. evil.
As the star of Alias, Garner has proven that she can kick butt with the best of them, and some of the visual effects are impressive, but the action sequences tend to be anticlimactic, and there's not much to the story. Fans will notice numerous references to Frank Miller's comic books, but there's very little resemblance to Miller's cold-blooded killer (Elektra with an agent? Elektra referring to herself as a "soccer mom"?).
Is Elektra better than Daredevil? Not really, even with the distinct advantage of having all Garner and no Ben Affleck. That could be the spinoff's greatest disappointment: after Spider-Man 2 raised the bar for comic-book movies, Elektra lowered it back to Daredevil's level. Directed by Rob Bowman (the X-Files movie), and featuring Terence Stamp as the mysterious mentor Stick, Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day) as the chief villain, and NFL-player-turned-mixed-martial-arts-champion Bob Sapp as the immovable Stone.
Ben Affleck's much-rumored cameo is one of the deleted scenes on the Elektra DVD. It's a one-minute throwaway, and while he's supposedly appearing as Matt Murdock (who romanced Elektra in Daredevil), the barrage of celebrity gossip makes it impossible to see him as anything other than Jennifer Garner's real-life boyfriend. There's also a making-of featurette, which is mostly promotional hype other than a few interesting effects shots; four editing featurettes; and Jennifer Garner's videotaped message to ComicCon. --David Horiuchi
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : Yes
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : FOXS2280869DVD
- Director : Rob Bowman
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : April 5, 2005
- Actors : Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, Kirsten Prout, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
- Dubbed: : Spanish, French, English
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Arnon Milchan, Avi Arad
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
- ASIN : B0007P0Y7C
- Writers : Frank Miller, Mark Steven Johnson, Raven Metzner, Stuart Zicherman, Zak Penn
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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WARNING: If you bought this thinking that you could get the director's cut digital copy you will not get it. This comes with the standard version of the film. I had to email, call, and speak with management before this was made right. So if you want the director's cut on digital and don't want to work your way up Fox's management then maybe just buy the digital version.
The highlight of the movie is Elektra facing off against The Hand. The action scenes are well done and they don’t do a hokey Hollywood version of the ninjas either.
Elektra seems largely to have been forgotten especially because it came in the wake of Daredevil but it really is a very good movie well worth seeing.
but the fact that i mostly listened to it while doing something else means i definitely didn't like it much.
didn't like it at all.
just not a good movie.
some good acting, but the writing/story/plot was SEVERELY lacking. (maybe it's the 2nd or 3rd part of a trilogy or something and i missed the adventure because i didn't see the previous part(s)).
whatever. it's a good enough movie to somewhat watch, but mostly listen to.
1/2 star for the fight scenes, which, like the entire movie, weren't impressive.
I FRICKIN' LOVE AMAZON!!!
(and...uumm...Jeff Bezos too!!!)
The action scenes were neat, except for the final boss fight where Elektra ends up fighting white sheets. Seriously? Come on, everyother bad guy had some unique power, except the dude balancing a coin on his finger, and this guy just plays with floating sheets, most of which do nothing.
I'm all for a strong woman character but this was not it.