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Elektra (2010)

by on 2012/04/21

“I always knew your heart was pure. You simply needed to see it for yourself.”

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An Open Letter to an Angry Teenage Girl,

I know you think the world is pretty unfair, annoying, boring and scary. Some of that scared, dull, furious feeling you are wearing under your skin right now is about the hormones coursing through your blood, the rapidly developing nerve cells in your frontal lobe, and some of it is, unfortunately, reality.

It gets better. I’ve been reading that your prefrontal cortex is a little immature compared to the adult brain. It causes you to make bad decisions and your mood to swing more than an overweight bungee jumper.

In fact, you brain may not fully develop until your mid-20s. I know, I know, you don’t want to hear it.

If you buy this argument, then I guess things will maybe start making more sense when are older. In the intervening time, just like in the movie Elektra, there will be a battle between the forces of good and evil for your heart, mind and soul (if you believe in that sort of thing).

That’s what Abby (Kristen Prout), the mouthy, delinquent teenager in Elektra discovers.

It is true for you too. There’s a battle going on.

Darkness in this case represented by the repellent and vicious ninja gang “The Hand.” The dark is about chaos, disease, destruction and despair. There’s black, bloody power in the way of anger and vengeance.

We see that when we slap eyes on The Hand’s A-Team: human juggernaut Stone (Bob Sapp), walking biohazard Typhoid (Natassia Malthe), kicky Kinkou (Edison T. Ribeiro), and the dude whose tattoos come to life, aptly named, Tattoo (Chris Ackerman). This motley gang, headed up by cold fish martial artist, Kirigi (Will Yun Lee) is mutant dog mean.

Light is represented by the blind wise man Stick played by Terence Stamp (Yes Man). Light is about discipline, honour, love and sacrifice.

Then there’s Jennifer Garner (Juno) as Elektra. Garner’s sort of perfect in this role. Impassive, muscled, subtly unhinged, Garner wears the red suit, obsessive compulsive disorder and a flashing pair of sai well. She’s just like the OCD overachiever in Juno but with roundhouse kicks and stabbing. You know, it didn’t suck.

I love a woman who can keep things organized and kick evil’s behind, I’ll admit it.

I know Elektra was almost universally derided. There is one person, however, who disagrees. It is my  favourite angry teenage girl. She turned to me at breakfast this week and without hint of a sneer, said, “I love this movie.”

That’s enough for me.

Chose hope, forgiveness, generosity and kindness. Be the beautiful, giving, intelligent person you are. Choose the light, angry teenage girl. You won’t regret it.

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100 minutes (director’s cut)

Rated PG13

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