Superman4 revisits "Elektra"

Is this superheroine movie as bad as some say?

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By Superman4 - 2/1/2011
I was scanning through the channels and I noticed FX was going to show Elektra. I remembered seeing it once a few years ago but couldn’t remember if I liked it. So I recorded it and watched it the next afternoon. So is it really as bad as that 10% Rotten Tomatoes gave it? I didn’t really think so.

After being killed by Bullseye, Elektra is brought back to life by a blind martial artist named Stick. Stick trains Elektra and helps her better her skills as a fighter. After Stick asks her to leave she becomes an assassin but when she’s hired to kill a father and daughter, Elektra decides to protect them from The Hand.

I felt the movie took itself pretty seriously, never being campy or corny. The action scenes are done very well, especially Jennifer Garners stuff. She is both physically strong and agile. Garner also does very well with the Sai’s, Elektra’s signature weapon. The special effects in the movie are also well done. My particular favorite being when Tattoo would release animals from his body.

Even if you hate Fox’s movies most admit they always do a good job with casting. Elektra is not different. Terence Stamp (who played Zod in Superman II) plays Stick. Stamp is as good as ever and has a powerful screen presence. Goran Visnjic and Kristen Prout do decent enough jobs playing Mark and Abby Miller. The members of the hand led by Kirigi make for interesting and cool villains but lack enough screen time. Fans will also enjoy the Hand Ninja’s who turn into smoke when killed, a nod to their comic book counter parts.

Lastly is Jennifer Garner. Garner who also played Elektra in “Daredevil” is one of the best things in the film. She plays a very troubled Elektra who’s not sure what to do with her life after being brought back from the dead. She becomes an assassin because that’s what she’s good at. But after seeing a little of herself in Abby. Elektra protects Abby and her father becoming more of a hero. Like I stated earlier Garner does very well with the action scenes and looks great in the red costume. Although Elektra isn’t invincible Garner still portrays her as a badass.


Although Elektra isn’t as good as top notch Superhero movies like Superman the movie, Iron man or The Dark Knight. It’s certainly one of the best female superhero movies, which are difficult to come by. Although I haven’t read a lot of Elektra comics I felt the character was done justice.

I give Elektra a C+

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marvel72 - 2/1/2011, 3:49 PM
i've never watched this after seeing daredevil i didn't bother,i heard it was shit.
the99comic - 2/1/2011, 4:03 PM
elektra daredevil is most bored movies
Superman4 - 2/1/2011, 4:21 PM
Yeah the theoretical version of Daredevil was pretty bad but the Directors cut was awesome!
AlexdoxA - 2/1/2011, 4:26 PM
@marvel: Same here!!
dellamorte1872 - 2/1/2011, 5:25 PM
no way! if you are a fan of the source DD just sucked it had the most cartoony action ever! just think about all the BULLSEYE fight scenes in the church. the joke BULLSEYE is able to grab random glass as it falls? i could go on....the whole film is fulla "holes"
dellamorte1872 - 2/1/2011, 5:27 PM
i never bothered to even see this film so...sure it gets a C if you want.....lol....whatever i wont see it!
Superman4 - 2/1/2011, 5:36 PM
Yeah because Bullseye being able to kill people with a playing card is believeable. I've read enough Daredevil to see Bullseye pull off all sorts of stuff like that. But hey your opinion is your opinion and my opinion is mine.
Superman4 - 2/1/2011, 5:38 PM
Pretty much any comic book you pick up will have cartoony action in it. Thats one of the things that draws people to it, taking us out of our every day lives.
CadeWilson - 2/1/2011, 5:41 PM
Yeah it was a solid enough movie, way better then Catwoman! I thought it was funny they had a guy named Master Roshi in it!
CadeWilson - 2/1/2011, 5:43 PM
Oh and Daredevil the directors cut = pure awesome sauce! If only Fox wasn't dumb and released that version instead.
naterator - 2/2/2011, 11:30 AM
i thought it was decent but i really wish they would have kept the continuity the same as far as origins and i wish that Daredevil would have had a NON DELETED cameo in the flick.
DurtyTalynt - 2/2/2011, 1:33 PM
Elektra was not good as it pretty much destroyed another marvel character. Elektra is not a blonde. The little girl wasnt an interesting part to the story. I disagree with the fight choreoagrphy. Garner was in great shape but not a fighter. Shes too stiff. Definitely not believable as a ninja. I wont touch continuity because the movie followed none of the source material anyway. It was cheap attempt to capitalize off a franchise. CGI wasnt good in any FOX marvel movie so I disagree with that too. Since this movie came out when movies like the Lord of the Rings and Hellboy looked far better visually that year in 2004, I wont settle for a lesser attempt.
RorMachine - 2/6/2011, 12:14 PM
Well, I have read a lot of Elektra comics, and the character was NOT done justice! Garner was pretty good and deserved to have an actual movie built around her. Awful.
manymade1 - 2/7/2011, 4:36 AM
I saw nothing wrong with this movie, and enjoyed it. I just think instead of making a spin off they could of made a sequel.
loganoneil - 2/17/2011, 10:30 AM
The movie 'Elektra' was okay... if you've never read any of the comics. It's sort of like Allan Moore's stuff - the movies range from 'meh...' to good, but if you're a fan of the source material then 9 times out of 10 you're left wanting (a LOT 'Moore'!)...

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