Daredevil Month: Reviewing 2005’s Elektra

Posted: March 21, 2015 in Reviews
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WARNING: Spoilers will follow.

Welcome back to Daredevil Month everyone. Yesterday, I mentioned how I’d be reviewing Elektra in today’s post. I have to say though, I was really not looking forward to rewatching this film for the review.

I saw it around the time it first came out in theaters, and I was so bored and frustrated watching the film then. Memories being what they are, all I remembered were the bad parts, although I was willing to at least try to watch it. Who knows, I could have been way off in remembering how the movie was. After watching it again though, the film still has no redeemable qualities for me. It may have actually gotten worse to sit through.

You know how everyone likes to criticize Halle Berry’s Catwoman? I argue that this film deserves far more hate and criticism than that movie. Yes, it’s that bad.

The Plot

The plot (a direct continuation of Daredevil) focuses on our title character, played once again by Jennifer Garner. After being brought back from the dead by blind martial arts master Stick (Terrance Stamp), Elektra begins training in his facility, learning a technique that could teach her both precognition and how to raise the dead in the same manner used on her. She’s apparently too angry to learn though, so she’s kicked out.

Years later, after establishing herself as a contract killer, Elektra is contacted and given a job: to assassinate a target, while also living in a house in the general vicinity of where the target is. We’re then introduced to Abby and her father Mark Millar, who invite Elektra to dinner. The audience finds out clearly much needed information about Elektra’s character in this scene, such as her and Abby sharing OCD traits.

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After figuring out that Millar and Abby are the targets and saving them from The Hand, Elektra tries to save them by leaving the two with Stick, who actually berates her into doing the job herself. This is despite the fact that they probably would’ve been much better off hanging around with Stick and his group as opposed to Elektra, but I digress.

Meanwhile, Hand master Roshi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) orders his son Kirigi (Will Yun Lee) to lead a special team to capture Abby and kill Elektra. The team, consisting of Kirigi, Typhoid (Natassia Malthe), Stone (Bob Sapp), Kinkou (Edison T. Ribeiro), and Tattoo (Chris Ackerman), battle Elektra before and after she attempts to flee with Millar and Abby. In a nearby forest, Elektra receives a poisonous kiss from Typhoid, nearly killing her.

Stick and his group arrive and save Elektra, before taking the trio into their protection. Stick reveals that Abby is the “Treasure”, something that The Hand wants, while also revealing that he was the one who set up the assassination plot to trick Elektra into feeling more compassionate. Not surprisingly, Elektra finds out she too is a Treasure, and that her mother was killed because of it.

Elektra then goes to her childhood home to fight Kirigi (who, as it turns out, is her mother’s killer), loses the fight, and is saved by Abby’s intervention. After dispatching Tattoo, Elektra fights Kirigi again and kills him. Typhoid later appears and kills Abby before being killed by Elektra, although Abby is revived soon after by a now rageless Elektra. Elektra then kisses Millar, talks with Stick, then departs.

My Take

All in all, this movie was extremely boring and seemed to have been done in a paint-by-numbers manner. Everything is so predictable, you could pretty much guess the plot way in advance, with no knowledge about any of the characters, and still be exactly right. Elektra just so happens to figure out how to bring people to life, but only after Abby is killed. Elektra’s main bad guy target, Kirigi, just so happens to be the guy who killed her mother.

Also on Kirigi, the end of the movie has Elektra kill him and then just leave like everything’s going to be okay. Nobody in The Hand will be coming after her or Abby anymore apparently.

The story tries so hard to make Abby look like a young Elektra, but I really hated every second they tried to push this front, almost as much as I hated the outrageously forced romance between Elektra and Millar. The actors have absolutely no chemistry with each other, and they’re pretty much painful to watch in any scene they’re in.

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The one decent part of the movie comes in the form of Ben Affleck’s Matt Murdock returning in a dream sequence, asking Elektra to return to New York. It was cut out of the theatrical version of the film, but does survive as a deleted scene on the DVD. It makes no sense why anyone would cut the scene; it’s a lot deeper than anything else in this awful movie, not to mention that it kind of reminds me of the deleted scene in T2: Judgement Day with Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese. It still suffers from horrible acting though.

Speaking of the acting, it’s so frustratingly bad. Literally every single actor lacks any kind of acting talent in this movie, with every performance coming off like it was phoned in. The less said about it, the better.

I do have to give props to the film for trying to bring Elektra’s red costume to the screen. The version they have kind of works, but maybe with a few minor tweaks, it could have been really good. They should have put this level of effort into the special effects though. Those were so horrible and laughably bad, especially any scene with Tattoo’s tattoos coming to life. Pretty much every digital effect in this film is very boring, and doesn’t try to stand out at all. Pick any movie, and I guarantee that it has way better effects than this one does.

All in all, do yourself a favor and don’t watch this movie. Pretend like it doesn’t exist, and that nobody ever thought about it. Just wait for Elektra to show up in either The Defenders or Marvel’s Daredevil.

FILM GRADE: 1.0/10

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