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Elektra – I have seen worse

ElektraElektra by Rob Bowman on SyFy (CanalSat)
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

In the ultimate battle between good and evil stands a warrior who makes the choice that tips the balance. A strong, mysterious and a deadly sexy action heroine – a lethal synthesis of grace and power. Not long after recovering from seemingly mortal wounds, Elektra has severed all ties with the world, living only for her next assignment. But in an unexpected turn of events, she is forced to make a decision that can take her life in a new direction – or destroy her. Key players in Elektra’s journey are Stick, a blind martial arts master responsible for Elektra’s “resurrection,” and Mark Miller and Abby Miller, a father and daughter on the run from The Hand, a powerful syndicate whose members practice the dark martial art of ninjitsu.

Sure, this is not the best movie that I have seen but I have also seen much much worse. The movie starts right off with Elektra being an assassin for hire. The first couple of scenes where she enters a heavily guarded house, much to the surprise of the security chief, and kills her target is indeed quite promising.

The rest of the movie is rather thin in terms of story though. It would have been nice to get a bit of background story as to Elektra’s revival early on but of this we are only feed glimpses during the course of the movie.

The same goes for the reason The Hand is after the young girl and her father. We are told that she is special during the course of the movie but we never get much of a real background story or any real incitement to understand or care about what happens to them other than that they are nice people and The Hand are the bad guys.

Still the movie is not entirely without merits. I quite liked Terence Stamp as the old Ninja master. The fighting is reasonably enjoyable. The fight scene with all the sheets of cloth floating around is quite beautiful even though Elektra gives a bit out of control impression in it. Some of the special effects when the dark Ninja’s get going is fairly enjoyable as well. I especially liked the scenes with Tattoo. The one where he lets go of all the snakes is quite cool.

Bottom line for me is that the 90+ minutes I spent in front of the TV yesterday was reasonably enjoyable. As I wrote above. Not the best movie I have seen but far from the worst.

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