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Director:Rob Bowman
Cast:Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Terence Stamp, Will Yun Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Release Date:2005
Genre:Action, Crime, Martial Arts

By Ian Grey | Posted 1/19/2005

Itís nice when a filmmaker tries to give us something different, but in Rob Bowmanís adaptation of the Elektra comic book, something turns out to be very nearly nothing. After sidekicking in Daredevil, femme warrior Elektra (Jennifer Garner) is revived from death by her mentor, Stick (Terence Stamp), a blind holy dude leading the forces of Good. She becomes a glum assassin with precognitive powers, OCD, and a dead-mom backstory until she meets tween Abby (Kirsten Prout), the unexplained super-daughter of mysterious hunk Mark (Goran Visnjic). All aforementioned Good folks then take on Evilósome supernatural ninjas and one death-dealing goth girl. As Reign of Fire demonstrated, Bowman is capable of fun schlock, and heís given Elektra a nifty high-contrast computer-color-corrected look that suggests people are already ripping off Hero. But by taking this barely-there material seriously, he makes Garner carry the filmís accumulated staple vacuities: Without an Alias, her dramatic range consists of blank, injured, and/or slightly constipated-looking expressions.

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