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Excellent action film despite my aversion for superhero chick flicks. Jennifer Garner as the title character brings a lot to the role. Her ability to switch between a combat-mode warrior and emotionally-damaged woman is superb. The rest of the other characters except for actress Kirsten Prout (Abby Miller) are semi-formed as if they were put in just so Elektra has someone to interact with or beat up. Ms. Prout's performance was excellent in her portrayal of the novice-prodigy that Elektra tries to protect. I expect to see even greater things from this young lady in the future. The fight scenes were a appropriate blend of real photography and FX. The script was good too as it forced Elektra to face increasingly difficult situations while still trying to confront her own inner demons. Gave this an "8" and I hope there is a sequel with Garner and Prout!
Little Black Book (2004)
An Amazing Waste of Resources! (Spoiler!!!)
This movie was libeled and advertised as a "romantic comedy." In reality, it was anything but that! If you take your boyfriend or husband to see this dark tale, you are sure to be free and single again! The movie is centered on a Jerry Springer-type live television show, not exactly the place for nurturing love and peace. The whole movie seemed to be based on crying, paranoid, scheming, emotionally-erratic women. My wife and I considered that a big put down to women in general. The film spent a lot of time on how flawed the female lead character (Brittany Murphy) was and seemed to have an endless number of scenes of her terrible deeds. Incredibly, the character, despite walking off her job and doing terrible things to almost very character, gets rewarded by a new job with major network news and a chance meeting with her favorite singer. This is so far-fetched, only Hollywood-types could dream it up. What major network news organization would hire a associate producer, of a local market Springer-type show, who walked off the job after demonstrating her treacherous nature on the air? If you want a better film to watch check out Working Girl with Harrison Ford.