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"Elektra (Directors Cut)" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Picking up with the Elektra character after the film Daredevil, with Elektra (Jennifer Garner) working as an assassin for hire.  Tasked with assassinating a man and his teenage daughter, she instead decides to spare them, which leads to her having to battle The Hand, a mysterious syndicate of ninjas.

 

Specifications

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 2005, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 39 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic
  • Directed by Rob Bowman
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I put on Elektra hoping to be able to turn off my brain and enjoy a comic book film for a while.  Unfortunately, I was never able to really get into the flim that much as I found parts to be a bit ridiculous, even for a comic book film, and the action sequences to be lacking.

Technical

The film is shot in a very distinct style, with pushed blacks for the interior scenes that replace all shadow detail with black.  It seems to be what the director intended, so be aware that there will be less shadow detail than you'd expect.  There is a fine bit of grain but not a distracting amount, just enough to indicate that it's from film.  The soundtrack is a real killer, with all channels used very aggressively.  However, it seems to be designed to be played at reference level, and only that, as the vocals are so quiet if you have the volume down at all that you can barely understand them.  If I turned up the volume enough to hear the characters talk, then the fight sound effects would wake up everyone else at home.  My receiver might have features to help with this, but I prefer that the dialogue is a little louder.

Extras

Directors Commentary, Deleted, Alternate, and Extended Scenes, Making Of Documentary, and multiple featurettes.