Much like Daredevil and The Punisher before her, Elektra has seen a second lease on life thanks to her inclusion in the Netflix reboot. But before redemption, there is always sin – and boy, is Elektra full of sin, as you'll see in the video below.
As you'd expect, and as the video above has confirmed, Cinema Sins is on the prowl once more. This time, the 2005 pseudo-sequel to Ben Affleck's Daredevil is in the crosshairs, and Elektra is just as sinful as you'd expect. With a whopping final sin count of 148, Jennifer Garner's second bite at the apple beats out her initial outing's sin count of 79 – almost twice the sins of 2003's Daredevil. Considering how confusing the opening narration seems when trying to lay down a basic framework, we're not surprised.
Now there's a lot of garden variety Cinema Sins that are committed by this film: tons of logos, opening narration that serves as a crutch for the rest of the film, as well as the old fashioned "items are larger than they appeared five seconds ago" trick. But perhaps the greatest sin that Elektra could have committed is the fact that it somehow suckered Terrence Stamp and Jason Issacs into their flimsy story, as well as somehow making Jennifer Garner return for a second round of punishment. Honestly, this was probably the most painful fulfillment of a 20th Century Fox contract, at least until Emily Blunt had to cede the role of Black Widow to Scarlett Johansson, all in the name of Gulliver's Travels.
Though the next greatest sin that Elektra has to call its own is the fact that the film is sloppy and inconsistent. Nowhere is this more on display than the extremely weird supernatural turns that the film takes throughout its story, as a film that starts off as an martial arts assassin drama and turns it into some sort of weird X-Files episode with tattoos that come to life, plant killing powers, and a really ridiculous looking demon. Though considering the film's director has a history with the adventures of Mulder and Scully, we can kind of see why he was given this directing assignment. Just another lesson to always read the fine print with a 20th Century Fox contract.
Of course, the big difference between Daredevil and Elektra is that the former film was redeemed somewhat in its R-rated home video cut. The latter film, on the other hand, only has a difference of three ineffective minutes of footage between its theatrical and "unrated" cut. So while the character may have found that second life that it deserved, the dismal film that tried to expand the solo universe of Elektra Natchios is irredeemable.
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