Elektra (2005 film)

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Elektra teaser.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rob Bowman
Produced by
Written by
  • Raven Metzner
  • Zak Penn
  • Stuart Zicherman
Based on Elektra
by Frank Miller
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Bill Roe
Edited by Kevin Stitt
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • January 14, 2005 (2005-01-14)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
  • Canada
  • United States
  • English
  • Japanese
Budget $43 million[2]
Box office $56.7 million[2]

Elektra is a 2005 Canadian-American superhero film directed by Rob Bowman. It is a spin-off from the 2003 film Daredevil, starring the Marvel Comics character Elektra Natchios (portrayed by Jennifer Garner). The story follows Elektra, an assassin who must protect a man and his prodigy daughter from another assassin who was hired by The Hand.

For the screenplay, Raven Metzner, Zak Penn, and Stuart Zicherman received "written by" credit. Mark Steven Johnson received credit for "motion picture characters" and Frank Miller for "comic book characters." Filming started around May 2004 in Vancouver.[3]

The film was released on January 14, 2005. Upon its release, Elektra was a commercial and critical failure, grossing $56 million against a production budget of $43 million. It received generally negative reviews from critics who found the script and storyline lacking, but many praising Garner's acting as well as the action sequences.[4]


After being killed in Daredevil, Elektra Natchios is revived by a blind martial arts master called Stick. She is brought to his training compound to learn Kimagure, an ancient martial arts discipline that provides its practitioners with precognition as well as the ability to resurrect the dead. Elektra was soon expelled because of her inability to let go of her rage and fear from seeing her mother's killer as a child. She leaves and uses her training to become a contract killer.

Years later, Elektra infiltrates a heavily guarded area and succeeds in slaying her target DeMarco. Elektra's agent McCabe receives an unusually large offer from an anonymous client wishing to hire Elektra's services. The only stipulation; she must spend a few days in a rented home on the island where the assassination is to be performed before the names of the targets are revealed. During the wait, Elektra catches a girl named Abby trying to swipe her mother's necklace. She sends her away, and later meets and befriends her father, Mark Miller. Abby later invites Elektra to dinner on Mark's behalf. Elektra develops a romantic interest in Mark, but soon learns he and Abby are the targets she has been hired to kill. Elektra spares them and leaves, but later returns in time to protect them from assassins sent by The Hand, a crime syndicate of ninja mercenaries.

Meanwhile, Roshi, master of The Hand, learns of the failed attempt and permits his son Kirigi to lead a new team of assassins to kill Elektra and return with Abby, referred to as "The Treasure". Elektra tries to leave Abby and Mark with Stick, but he scolds her into protecting them herself. She then drives Mark and Abby to McCabe's country house, but is followed by Kirigi, Typhoid, Stone, Kinkou, and Tattoo. Elektra flees with Mark and Abby through a secret underground exit to the orchard, while McCabe sacrifices himself to allow them to escape.

Kirigi and the assassins hunt down the trio in a forest nearby. Elektra manages to kill Stone, while Abby and Mark kill Kinkou with one of his own daggers. As Elektra is distracted by the revelation that Abby has martial arts skills, Typhoid gives Elektra the "Kiss of Death". Abby is captured by Kirigi. Suddenly, Stick and his Chaste ninjas arrive, forcing Kirigi, Typhoid, and Tattoo to retreat. Stick manages to save Elektra from death and takes them under his protection.

Stick confirms Abby is a martial arts prodigy which is the "Treasure" of martial arts whom the Hand seek to use. Elektra learns that she was a Treasure herself and her mother was a casualty of the fight between The Chaste and The Hand with her as the reason. She also guesses that Stick set up the hit on Mark and Abby in order to test Elektra's propensity for compassion. Elektra is not pleased, but does not follow up with that line of inquiry after getting the comment that some lessons must be lived. Elektra astrally projects herself to a meeting with Kirigi and challenges him to a fight; the winner claiming Abby for their own purpose. Elektra returns to her childhood home to face Kirigi, and finally remembers he was her mother's killer; whom she had been seeing as a horned demon in nightmares all this time.

Elektra is at first defeated by Kirigi, but Abby arrives and engages him long enough for Elektra to recuperate. Elektra and Abby then escape and hide in a hedge maze but are separated when Abby is captured by snakes dispatched by Tattoo. Elektra finds Tattoo and snaps his neck, freeing Abby in the process. Elektra engages Kirigi a second time and manages to stab and kill him. Typhoid poisons Abby, the same way she did to Elektra earlier, killing her in the process. Elektra throws her sai into Typhoid killing her and successfully resurrects Abby, overcoming her rage. When Mark comes to take Abby, he and Elektra kiss and go their separate ways. Just as Elektra leaves the grounds of her childhood home for the final time, she meets Stick and the two exchange words to each other. Elektra departs, knowing Abby and Mark will be safe.


Ben Affleck filmed a cameo reprising his role as Matt Murdock that was ultimately cut from the final film. The scene was included on the DVD as a deleted scene[5] and was reinstated in the director's cut.


Box office[edit]

Elektra opened on January 14, 2005 in the United States in 3,204 theatres. In its opening weekend, it ranked fifth, taking $12,804,793.[2] In its second weekend, it took $3,964,598, a drop of 69%.[6] Domestically the total gross was $24,409,722, at the time the lowest for a film featuring a Marvel Comics character since Howard the Duck.[7] The film had a worldwide total of $56,681,566.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received largely negative reviews from film critics. Based on 163 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes Elektra earned a 10% "rotten" rating. The site's critical consensus reads: "Jennifer Garner inhabits her role with earnest gusto, but Elektra's tone deaf script is too self-serious and bereft of intelligent dialogue to provide engaging thrills."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a metascore of 34 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating "generally negative reviews".[9]

Home media[edit]

The DVD of Elektra was released on April 5, 2005. It featured several deleted scenes, including one featuring Ben Affleck reprising his role from Elektra's predecessor, Daredevil (2003).

Unrated cut[edit]

An extended and slightly refined two-disc unrated director's cut DVD was released in October 2005, featuring a cut detailed for home video release. However, unlike the Daredevil director's cut which added about thirty minutes of material not in the original theatrical release, this version added only about three minutes of footage. It was also criticized for poor video transfer.[5]

A Blu-ray of Elektra was released on October 19, 2009 for the United Kingdom (and France) only. The U.S. version was released on May 4, 2010. It contains only the unrated cut of the film.


Elektra: The Album
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released January 11, 2005
Genre Hard rock
Label Wind-up
Producer Various producers
Marvel Comics film series soundtrack chronology
Blade: Trinity – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Elektra: The Album
Man-Thing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[10]

Elektra: The Album was released in 2005 by Wind-up Records. As with many Wind-up soundtracks, almost none of the songs featured on the album were actually used in the film. "Sooner or Later" is played briefly in one scene and a remix not included on this album of "Hollow" is also played. The end credits feature "Wonder", "Photograph", and "Thousand Mile Wish (Elektra Mix)": but other than this, none of the songs on the album were used in the actual motion picture. However, a score album was released by Varèse Sarabande containing selections of Christophe Beck's original music from the film.[11]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Never There (She Stabs)"   Strata 3:44
2. "Hey Kids"   Jet 2:58
3. "Everyone is Wrong"   The Donnas 3:28
4. "Sooner or Later"   Switchfoot 4:09
5. "Thousand Mile Wish (Elektra Mix)"   Finger Eleven 4:00
6. "Wonder"   Megan McCauley 3:53
7. "Your Own Disaster"   Taking Back Sunday 5:42
8. "Breathe No More"   Evanescence 3:48
9. "Photograph"   12 Stones 3:58
10. "Save Me"   Alter Bridge 3:27
11. "Beautiful"   The Dreaming 3:03
12. "Hollow"   Submersed 4:04
13. "Angels With Even Filthier Souls"   Hawthorne Heights 2:55
14. "5 Years"   The Twenty Twos 3:52
15. "In The Light"   Full Blown Rose 4:13

Video game[edit]

Elektra was also supposed to have a video game based on the movie with support from the comics. The game was never released, as publishers felt it would not be popular enough. However, there is a game based on the film that was released for mobile.[citation needed]


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