Rewatched Aug 04, 2012
Jeremy Thomas’s review:
On first glance, it's difficult to figure out exactly what's so terrible about Elektra. Jennifer Garner is perfectly fine in her second turn as the titular killer with a conscience, and while the story isn't the strongest, neither is it incredibly weak. My first impression on watching it when it was released in 2005 was "Yep...that was a movie." There was no hatred, just a lack of caring. And that is, I believe, what the problem is with the film. The whole thing was put together by a group of people who had no passion for the character or even the project. Garner seems to be trying hard but no one else can give the movie the time of day. At least in Daredevil you had people like Ben Affleck, Kevin Smith and Jon Favreau who were legitimate comic book fans. You can disagree with the results, but at least they cared enough to try and do the characters justice. Here, Fox and director Rob Bowman don't seem to care much about things and the tone clearly reflects that, as it tries to combine relationship melodrama with martial arts flicks. That tone doesn't work, the action scenes are uninspired and while Garner is fine, she has no chemistry with Goran Višnjic or Kirsten Prout as Mark and Abby Miller. Problems come to a head in the climax, which is particularly unsatisfying. Most spin-offs are worse than their originals and working off that theory, Elektra never really stood a chance.