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ELEKTRA (2005)

Director: Rob Bowman

Writers: Mark Stevens Johnson (motion picture characters),
(Based on the comic book characters created by Frank Miller)

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun, Kirsten Prout, Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Terence Stamp...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): PG-13 (for action violence)

Runtime: 97 minutes/100 minutes (director's cut)

Genres: Action/Crime/Drama

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Crime drama, you say? Yes. In a way.

Elektra (Jennifer Garner) is a highly trained and highly paid assassin-for-hire. She is good at what she does. She accepts an assignment, not knowing who the target, or in this case, targets are. She soon learns she is tasked with terminating a father, Mark Miller (Goran Visnjic) and his teenaged daughter, Abby (Kirsten Prout). A shadowy and very powerful syndicate, calling itself "The Hand" with members who practice a supernatural, dark form of ninjitsu want Abby or they want her dead. They also want Elektra dead. Elektra knows if she doesn't assassinate Abby and her father, The Hand will just send more assassins to do the job. Elektra decides to protect Abby and her father instead. Together they are on the run. With The Hand closing in, Elektra enlists Stick (Terence Stamp) a blind martial arts master and her agent McCabe (Colin Cunningham) as she tries to protect Abby.

This is one of my favorite movies. I love the setting (North Vancouver posing as the Seattle/Puget Sound area) and Elektra's choice of weapon, the Japanese sai (because I used to train with sai as well). I am not a fan or follower of the comic book series, or of the Daredevil comic book series or the Daredevil movie with Ben Affleck. I didn't know anything about the Elektra legend the first time I watched the movie so I had no preconceived ideas about who or what she should be. (Some comic book fans think she should be bitchier and more ruthless in the movie. Others hate --and misunderstand, according to the director -- the hint of romance between Elektra and Abby's father.)

I don't feel the need for a sequel or to change anything. I like the movie just the way it is.

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