In a spinoff from the Daredevil comics, Elektra follows the theatrical movie of the same name--both starring Jennifer Garner in the role of Elektra. At the end of Daredevil Elektra dies at the hands of a villian and Daredevil sees her heart stop. "Bring her back in a spinoff, but isn't she's dead?" I asked myself when I heard that they were putting this movie into production. Not familiar with the comics, I was curious to see how they brought her back to life. With no mention of anything in the original movie, it's almost as if this one has nothing in common except for the lead role sharing a name and actress. They do touch on her death slightly in the rumors the people she hunts have heard about her in propelling the myth of this assasign. We also see it in her flashbacks where we see her in an ambulence and later with the hands of who later becomes her master on her forehead and stomach bringing her back to life. Now, I just explained the first 30 minutes of the movie - of which none of it has anything do do with the rest of the story.
So, they brought her back, which was a nessesity in making the movie in the first place, but what about the story? What about the character? Well, it's a very simple story about her protecting a father and a daughter that the evil "Hand" is after. The daughter, we learn a good distance into the movie, has a special power and is refered to as "the teasure" and is desired by both sides of good and evil. This is the story of Elektra protecting her and nothing more really.
I loved Jennifer Garner in the original Daredevil because she was hot and the character had emotion, was deep, and had personality. She is also great in the television show Alias, but in Elektra the script is dry and very flat. There is no emotion in the character, there is no personality worth liking. She's a simple character not worth careing about and who seems to protect this father and daughter for no good reason. She was an assasin, she killed bad guys, or, rather, people she was told were bad. Instead of killing these people she choses to protect them, with no information on them at all. It's very inconsistant with what they develop in the beggining of the movie and the audience never really sees into the inner workings of her decisions so we are left to simply enjoy the view.
The only redeeming trait of this movie was the action and fighting which at time were pretty damned cool, but unfortuantly I don't think even the most beautiful fighting scenes or the most action and explosions can make a movie without decent plot and character development worth watching. This is what I would call a "greed machine," a movie designed simply to make money for the studios and people involved. No heart went into the process of making this movie by any person involved--not the actors, the writers, the director, the producers. In fact, the only people I could even think put any effort into this movie were the special effects people.
Technical and Features:
Surprisingly with the lack of enthusiasm that apparantly came out of the production people, the computer graphics in this movie were done so well, I wasn't even sure if they were computer graphics. Namely the effects of the character Tattoo which I think is one of the coolest ideas for a villian I've seen where the tattoo's on his body come to life and act on his behalf. The merging of tattoo to real animal (snake, bird, snakes, wolf) was very smooth. What I didn't like was that instead of just coming out and then being real animals, they flew through the air with a glowing ghost like trail following them until they got to where they needed to be. This bugged me because it didn't look good.
In an attempt to be tougher with my grading, I'm giving Elektra a D because honestly, I didn't like it. Yeah, it was a decent movie to watch and I'm sure that the same people who gobble up "Die Hard on a Train" and sappy "Let's put a pop star in an acting role" type movies will love it, but it's too simple for my tastes.