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Before X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there was this Elektra-sity.
Genre: Action
Starring: Jennifer Garner
Goran Visnjic
Will Yun Lee
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Terrence Stamp
Photography: Color
Release Date: January 14th, 2005
Runtime: 97 Minutes
100 Minutes (Director's Cut)
Country: United States
Budget: 43 million
Box Office: 57 million
Prequel: Daredevil

Elektra is a 2005 Canadian-American superhero film directed by Rob Bowman. It is a spin-off from the 2003 film Daredevil, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name (portrayed by Jennifer Garner). The story follows Elektra as she protects a man and his prodigy daughter from another assassin who was hired by The Hand.

It's later established that the universe this movie (along with Daredevil) takes place in is Earth-701306.

Why It’s Not Elektra-fying

  1. False advertising: Elektra's iconic attire is hyped up heavily in the advertisements, yet it barely shows up in the actual movie, only showing up twice.
  2. Poor pacing. The first 20 minutes of the film involve Elektra wandering around her house and getting ready. Not only is this pointless and goes on for way too long, but it has no actual relevance to the plot.
  3. Overuse of flashbacks, especially during the climax.
  4. None of the characters are properly introduced, and you won't even know half of their names, since the movie fails to properly introduce these characters. Only a few characters have their names said on screen, with Elektra being one of them.
  5. Poor acting, with Elektra herself being the worst offender. She comes off as extremely tired in her delivery and she always speaks in a monotone voice. Elektra also speaks in an American accent, even though she is Greek.
  6. Executive Meddling: It was said that executive producer Tom Rothman, slashed the budget and ordered rewrites for the film.
  7. The film looks visually ugly, since most of the colors are drab and dreary, save for Elektra's suit.
  8. Poor action scenes with horrible choreography. One example is Elektra looking like she is just flailing her arms at a bedsheet during one scene in the movie, not even being able to fight her way out of a bedsheet. The action scenes also have way too much "Matrix-style" slow down, to the point where it becomes almost jarring.
  9. Speaking of the action, there's barely any action in the entire movie, which is unacceptable for a superhero film.
  10. The plot with the father and his daughter feels forced, and it doesn't have any real place in the movie.
  11. Whenever a member of the Hand dies in the movie, deadly gas appears when their body disappears, making the deaths feel rather corny.
  12. The plot twist with the girl being an assassin was completely unnecessary, and also somewhat hypocritical since this girl criticized Elektra for killing people for a living, which makes no sense because she is an assassin too and does the exact same thing as her.
  13. Has little connection to the previous film, with only two scenes having anything to do with the previous film: One is a flashback showing her leather suit, and the other is a deleted scene that was re-added in the Director's Cut involving Matt Murdock/Daredevil.
  14. The Hand are incredibly weak and underdeveloped villains who are a generic gang of ninjas.
  15. Elektra doesn’t even look like the same Elektra from Daredevil.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The director's cut adds in a few minutes of footage that shows off some character development.
  2. Tattoo is the most memorable character.
  3. The licensed music is pretty good.



Critical response

The film received largely negative reviews from film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 11%, based on 166 reviews with an average rating of 3.83/10. 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." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 34 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade "B" on a scale of A to F. Even Jennifer Garner herself felt that this movie would become far from a success.


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