Franchise Weekend – Elektra (2005)

Director: Rob Bowman

Writer: Zak Penn, Stuart Zicherman, M.Raven Metzner (Screenplay) Frank Miller (Comic Book)

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Kristen Zien, Will Yun Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Terrence Stamp

 

Plot: Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.


Tagline – She’s the last thing that stands between good and evil.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Generic and Average

 

Story: Elektra starts as Elektra (Garner) has survived the events of the Daredevil movie and is now an assassin to hire, her reputation strikes fear into the enemies that learn she is coming. Elektra’s latest job involves killing Mark (Visnjic) and his daughter Abby (Zien) only for her to have a change of heart.

Elektra must now protect them from a group of assassins led by Kirigi (Lee) who is trying to collect a treasure that can see the secret organisation known as the Hand finally gain power.

 

Thoughts on Elektra

 

Characters – Elektra is an assassin for hire, she is known around the world as the one that can get any job done. Her latest job tests her because she doesn’t want to kill a child, this brings her employers after her and she finds herself into the middle of battle between two different factions, to add something else to the mix, she sudden has OCD too. Mark Miller is the father of Abby who is doing everything he can to keep her and her secret safe. Abby is a teenager that people want dead, she has a secret which could bring her to be a threat to anyone, but must remain safe. Kirigi leads the assassins that are after Abby, working for The Hand, he is supernatural in ability along with his assassins.

PerformancesJennifer Garner is one of the few highlights in this film, she has been doing this style of role for a while and steps in effortlessly even if she is not meant to have enjoyed making the film. Goran Visnjic and Kirsten Zien both struggle to make any sort of impact in this film, while Will Yun Lee does the best he can with his role.

StoryThe story here follows Elektra in one of her own adventures as an assassin for hire, only this time she goes against the deal, so this is the typical assassin with a heart fighting back against her employers, only we end up dealing in supernatural assassins, which takes away anything we would have seen from the human enemy side of Daredevil. This is a by the book movie you know can right the checklist out of how things are going to unfold without being challenged, while this isn’t going to make you surprised by any sort of twists in the ideas.

Action/AdventureThe action is down to the fights which are played out well with a martial arts base to them, the supernatural elements do add small parts to the fights though.

SettingsThe film does take us to a couple of settings which are more open instead of being in a big city, this is fine, as it plays into Elektra’s back story.

Special EffectsThe effects used are basic and do make for believable elements when it comes to how the villains are killed and use their own abilities.


Scene of the Movie –
Snakes.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The random OCD element added for no reason.

Final ThoughtsThis is a simple to watch assassin going against their employer’s movie, it keeps most things safe, with entertaining action when turned too.

 

Overall: Simple to watch.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – Joseph Gordon-Levitt Month – X

ABC Film Challenge

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Month

X

XXX Fan – Elektra LuxxCarla Gugino, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant, and Adrianne Palicki in Elektra Luxx (2010)

This is his character Bert Rodriguez that is an expert on the porn industry, he knows everywhere you can find the work from the pornstars portrayed in this film.

This month I will be picking acting performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, one of my favourite actors, I am making this like a suggestion post, there will be no reasons for my suggestions, just making one per letter, with links to any reviews to be found here.