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Tracking Trailers: Elektra – First Look

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So, in the end, Daredevil was a pretty horrible movie, but it brought in enough at the box office to warrant talk of a sequel (still in limbo) and a spin-off featuring Alias‘s Jennifer Garner as Elektra, the ninja and love interest from the original film.

Though Elektra is not scheduled to be released until February 2005, Fox has given fans an early look at the film in a teaser clip containing short action sequences from the film, an interview with Garner, and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the fight choreography.

The first thing that fans will notice is that the filmmakers got the costume right, mostly. At any rate, it’s better than the horrible black get-up from Daredevil. It’s hard to make any real judgments based on the few snippets we see from the actual film; there’s not more than a few consecutive seconds of any given scene, though the camerawork and lighting look decent. The few lines of dialogue we get to hear are less than inspiring, but it is a comic book movie, after all.

Garner comes across as her typical self in the interview clips, no surprise to anyone familiar with her goofy (and somewhat dim-witted) personality off camera. If she can pull it together for 22 episodes of Alias in a row, though, a two-hour film should be a piece of cake. Her comments are typical fluff about character development, taking it to the next level, and such.

The best part of the trailer is the look we get at some of the action sequences, which really are what will make or break this film. From the looks of it, Garner runs, jumps, tumbles, swims, stabs, and slashes her way through every minute of Elektra.

After Daredevil, I wasn’t really looking forward to seeing the same team revisit these characters. However, since Garner is the only real returnee from the first movie (director Rob Bowman and a quartet of writers take over for Mark Steven Johnson), prospects are certainly looking up. Though this teaser is just the briefest taste, its enough to whet your appetite for more.

See the trailer here.

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