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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Regency Enterprises, Marvel Enterprises, 20th Century Fox, Horseshoe Bay Productions, New Regency Pictures
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Rob Bowman
Producer(s): Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, Gary Foster, Mark Steven Johnson, Josh McLaglen, Brent O'Connor
Story & Screenplay: Zak Penn, Stu Zicherman
Characters: Raven Metzner, Frank Miller
Cinematography/Camera: Bill Roe
Music: Christophe Beck, Amy Lee
Film Editing: Kevin Stitt
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Dianne Crittenden, Michael Hothorn, Coreen Mayrs, Seth Yanklewitz
Production Design: Graeme Murray
Art Direction: Eric Norlin
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Yes, warrior princess Elektra Natchios (Laura Ward/Jennifer Garner, 13 Going on 30) from Daredevil was killed in Daredevil. But that did not seem to stop her. The filmmakers resurrected her for this spinoff of Daredevil.
Actually, Elektra is resurrected twice, once to star in this flick and once in it. The Daredevil in Daredevil, Ben Affleck, is "replaced" by Goran Visnjic as Mark Miller. Not nearly as heavy in romance as in Daredevil but at least Elektra and Mark share a kiss ... twice. And glory be! Both kisses were closed mouth! What a departure of the typical PG-13! Even though Mark is one of Elektra's assassination targets, romantic embers glow a little.
Orphaned as a child by the dark and sinister, murderous Japanese organization called The Hand, Elektra was tutored under the mentorship of the blind master Stick (Terance Stamp). But when Elektra was rejected by Stick, Elektra chose the life of a highly paid, highly skilled and highly focused assassin for hire [Hab. 2:9]. For $2 million, Elektra was hired to assassinate both Mark Miller and his 13 year old daughter, Abby (Kirsten Prout) whose mother was also killed when Abby was a small child. Both Mark and Abby were hiding from The Hand since Abby would not join The Hand.
After Elektra had both Mark and 13 year old Abby in her crossbow sights but changed her mind, Elektra caught Abby in Elektra's rented bungalow trying to steal from her. As most Hollywood adolescent thieves do, though caught in the act, Abby took the "What's the big deal" attitude. [Prov. 30:20] Such portrayal of self absolution form guilt frequently demonstrated by Hollywood characters is likely from where much of "I've done nothing wrong" attitude comes even after being caught in the act.
Taking a shine to Elektra, Abby later played the match-maker and brought Mark and Elektra together for Christmas dinner, neither of whom had any plans for the holiday feast. (Yes, it was a Christmas without Jesus.)
Elektra soon discovered The Hand was trying to kill Mark. But quickly Elektra found that The Hand was indeed trying to kill Abby with Mark as collateral damage because Abby would not join The Hand. Abby was another "chosen one" who promised to be another Elektra and The Hand wanted Abby on their "side." So, Elektra spent about 90 minutes protecting Mark and Abby from The Hand. Graphically.
Numerous flurries of mortal combat ensue between dark powers, one of which was Elektra though she was cast as light among the dark. Remember that though Elektra was portrayed as doing good by fighting the bad guys, she was a assassin for hire [Prov. 3:31-32, Isa. 5:20]. What a horrible role model for impressionable young teen girls who will undoubtedly admire her in violation of Prov. 3:31-32 as did the character Abby.
Elektra was once again killed but was once again resurrected, this time by the master Stick (Terance Stamp) instead of the filmmakers.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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