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ELEKTRA

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michael_summers@fortwaynereader.com

Fort Wayne Reader

2005-01-24


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.

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