Year: 2005
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: Mark Steven Johnson/Frank Miller/Zak Penn
Cast: Jennifer Garmer, Goran Visjnic, Terence Stamnp, Bob Sapp, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
After being one of the only good things about Daredevil, who'd have thought an Elektra movie could go wrong? A beautiful warrior, a backstory we knew nothing about, a tight costume - it should have been a cinch in the hands of X-Files movie director Rob Bowman.

But the entire result is a lazy, disinterested movie on every count - the dialogue is clunky and cheesy, the stereotypical characters leave you with no doubt as to what will happen to them, and how many more times do we have to watch the same character arc? You know - the superhero or crime fighter who never lets anyone get close, and is then brought undone by a combination of a tragic past and the love of a child or a hottie of the opposite sex.

The whole tone of the story is different from the character we left in the essentially gritty and earthbound Daredevil, to the point that the villains are supernatural beings themselves. Elektra is an assassin for hire, supernaturally talented in martial arts with her pair of sai. When her latest marks turn out to be the cute guy and his precocious daughter next door, it starts Elektra's road to emotional turmoil.

Garner is too sweet and eager to convince as a deadly warrior, the plot is either badly written or has been mercilessly edited and doesn't make much sense, and neither the effects nor action are anything you haven't seen before.

All in all, a huge disappointment.

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