Elekra is one of those movies that once you see the trailer, your sold. Elekra is a pretty good character and Jennifer Garner plays her well. This movie however disappointed me by taking too much time to set up Elekra’s character. I think the focus was way to focus on her depression when it should have at least been more action based on the fact that she is a great assassin. I loved the back-story and the appearance of Styk, Elekra’s master. Because of all this though, the action elements of the movie suffered a lot. Enemies of great power were killed by fast and ridicule moves. One spoiler/example is one enemy who is part of the elite whose body is hard as stone. He gets shot at by a shotgun and then he just dusts off the shells from his body, none of the bullet pierce his body even at close range. Then at a later time, Elekra lunges at him with her Sai just to have it break like a twig. She defeats this amazingly and seemingly invincible foe by dropping a tree on his head. I would of thought poison or a Sai in his mouth but no a tree was deemed better. In my opinion, this movie was made originally for a three hour long feature because everything flowed well until it came up to defeating these guys. That took away from y feel and success of this movie. This movie could have been up there with Blade, Resident Evil and even surpassed the X-men movie adaptation but they choose to leave out the main points to an assassin, action and consistency. Still worth watching though for great backstory and an all around good try.
About Elektra (2005)
Starring: Tom Woodruff Jr., Ty Olsson, Natassia Malthe, Kurt Max Runte, Terence Stamp, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jason Isaacs, Kevan Ohtsji, Hiro Kanagawa, Kendall Cross, Paul Wu, Kirsten Prout, Billy Bryan, Will Yun Lee, Nathaniel Arcand, Bob Sapp, Mark Houghton, Colin Cunningham, Aaron Au, Goran Visnjic, Marke Driesschen, Jesse Cadotte, Jennifer Garner, Chris Ackerman, Edson T. Ribeiro, Laura Ward, Ian Tracey, Jana Mitsoula, Sean Akira, Taku Kawai
Director: Rob Bowman