In 2003 Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Colin Farrell, was released. It was a moderate hit although reviews were mixed; I am one of those (along with my wife) who liked the film and think the director’s cut is even better.
The character Elektra was given her own spinoff film, starring Jennifer Garner, in 2005. While the movie sounded like a good idea at the time, the execution was lacking.
Elektra appeared to die in Daredevil; however, anyone who watched the film knows that’s not true. We learn that Elektra was resurrected by a blind sensei named Stick (Terence Stamp) who comic fans know trained Matt Murdock aka Daredevil as well. But Elektra was too powerful to train so he kicks her out and she goes to find her own fortune. She accepts a contract on an unknown targe. While she’s awaiting further instructions, she make friends with a 13-year-old girl named Abby (Kristen Prout) and her father, Mark (Goran Visnjic). Things then get sticky when her assignment turns out to be Mark and Abby.
Elektra has a change of heart and decides to protect the pair from a group of killers who have taken over the job Elektra has refused. These killers are part of a sinister organization known as The Hand. The group is made up of Stone (Bob Sapp), whose skin is as tough as stone; Typhoid (Natassia Malthe), who can kill with a kiss; Tattoo (Chris Ackerman), whose tattoos come to life when he touches them; and Kirigi (Will Yun Lee), their leader who has the ability to see into the future, and has magical sword skills.
My wife and I are big Jennifer Garner fans — we both loved Alias — but the film strays too much from the source material and just isn’t interesting. When I heard there would be a director’s cut, I thought that like Daredevil it might be a somewhat different movie and would be improved upon. Sadly this is not the case; there are about three minutes of new footage which includes more violent fights (which were originally cut for ratings) and hints that The Hand and Elektra possess time-warping powers. While interesting, these brief additions don’t do much for the film or give the character the film she deserves.
Video: The film is presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. Elektra looks good; the colors are lush and vibrant, especially the red of her costume. The black levels are crisp and defined and never wash the actors out.