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By Copley News Media
Fort Wayne Reader
Jennifer Garner got into her sexy action rig as Elektra in 2003's "Daredevil," but she seems trivialized by starring in "Elektra." She seems to be a martial-arts assassin turned rescuer, because her new target, the hunk Mark Miller (Goran Visnjic) and his puffy-faced but adorable kid Abby (Kirsten Prout), are saved by her from a team of shape-shifting killers. Able to contrive all moves and see through anything but the cement script, Elektra gives Garner a workout but nothing much to act. You won't see much more than a souped-up jalopy of effects and campy, "surreal" vistas. Lacking style, director Rob Bowman goes for show - instead of the actors becoming functions of the story, their performances become functions of the editing, like digital chips in a spin machine. "Elektra" is less fun than electrolysis.
A 20th Century Fox release. Director: Rob Bowman. Writers: Raven Metzner, Frank Miller. Cast: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Kirsten Prout, Terence Stamp and Will Yun Lee. Running time: 1 hr., 50 min. Rated PG-13.