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January 12, 2005
28 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ... light among the dark.

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.

I have got to conserve resources, especially time, and end this Summary/Commentary here, in the middle of it. I am sorry.


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  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Prov. 30:20 "This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'" [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" defense of wrong-doing.]
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man [or woman] or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, ...

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, excuse it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Elektra (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • claim of killing 14 people
  • blade to neck, throat, repeatedly
  • beating
  • auto gunfire and hand gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • firearms
  • martial arts violence, repeatedly, some severe, some with blades
  • action violence, repeatedly, frequent
  • theft by a child
  • breaking and entering
  • blood-stained pendant, twice, stained by murdered mother's blood
  • blade killing
  • attempted murder, repeatedly
  • main character a hired assassin
  • knife killing
  • death by a tree crushing
  • multiple deaths by explosion
  • impalement killing

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 12 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, twice by a child
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words by a child, none by adults
  • lie by a child
  • lie by an adult
  • child arrogance about stealing
  • child threatening to steal more if adult does not do as child wants
  • teen arrogance at father, twice
  • child disobedience of father's instruction, twice
  • massive tattoos
  • joking about suicide
  • "You did what you had to do" to excuse lying
  • "Everybody lies ... nobody tells the truth"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/of skin exposure, repeatedly
  • question about intercourse
  • adult in underwear
  • below navel skin, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage
  • lesbian kiss

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, twice
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)
  • presenting that certain Asian masters could control time, the future, life & death and resurrect the dead, several times
  • demon
  • unnatural rapid movement by mortals, repeatedly, often
  • bodies evaporating into yellow-green gas, repeatedly
  • unnatural bird's eye in human flesh
  • shape-shifting, animals created and released from human tattoos, many
  • a child admiring, wanting to emulate a killer [Prov. 3:31-32]
  • teaching to see future
  • foretelling future
  • invulnerability
  • reading minds
  • unholy control of objects
  • attempted murder by spirits, repeatedly
  • mortal resurrection

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • blade murder
  • murder by throwing off building
  • body of murdered mother
  • suicide to avoid capture
  • unseen murder
  • beheading murder, decapitation not seen

  • Christian Long Distance



    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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