Film / Elektra

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"Her name was Elektra. She was a warrior. She was also dead. Well, nobody's perfect. Only a warrior can come back from death and even then the second life is never quite like the first."
Stick, Trailer narration

Elektra is a 2005 spinoff of the Daredevil film starring Jennifer Garner as Elektra. After being killed in Daredevil, Elektra Natchios is revived by a blind martial arts master called Stick. She is brought to his training compound, but is 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, but becomes reluctant to carry out a hit on Mark and Abby Miller. In helping them escape, Elektra learns that Mark and Abby are not as normal as they appear to be. As she faces off against The Hand, an organization that seeks to capture Abby because she is the sacred "Treasure," Elektra soon learns that Kirigi, a member of The Hand, was sent to kill her mother when Elektra was only a child.

This film contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Elektra seems to have forgotten that somewhere in the world is a bald Irish man named Bullseye who killed her and her father. In fact it isn't even brought up at all despite it being the reason she came back to life in the first place.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Typhoid's outfits. A subtle one in the dress she uses to fight, and a blatant one in her casual wear
  • Action Girl: Elektra and to a lesser extent Abby. The film's main plot revolves around Abby being destined to become a much stronger one when she reaches adulthood with Elektra and the Hand fighting each other in order to recruit her to join their side and thus tip the balance in their ongoing war.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Like in Daredevil, Elektra isn't remorseless and actually tries to keep Abby and her father safe.
    • While not a villain, Stick was a bit of an asshole. He was a harsh, cynical old man who got his money through hustling and gave Matt a hard time while training him. While he makes questionable decisions here, there's no doubt he's a much nobler person by comparison.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Conversely, Stone is a member of the Hand rather than the Chaste.
  • Animal Eye Spy: Tattoo can use his animals to spy on Elektra and gang.
  • Animated Tattoo: Tattoo has the power to make his tatoos come to life.
  • Astral Projection: Elektra uses this to communicate a meeting with Kirigi.
  • Awesome McCool Name: Abby thinks this of Elktra's name
  • Back from the Dead: Stick brings Elektra back and then Elektra brings Abby back.
  • Badass Crew: Kirigi and his team.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: The whole movie hangs on which side the "Treasure" will take and tip the balance in favor of one or the other.
  • Breakout Character: Elektra was originally a love interest in Daredevil in both the comic and the movie—She later had several spin-off comics and this spin-off movie.
  • The Cameo: In a deleted scene, Ben Affleck appears as Matt Murdock in Elektra's dream. It would be the last time he'd ever play Matt Murdock.
  • Cloth Fu: Elektra fights Kirigi in a room full of flying white sheets. The villain seems to be manipulating them somehow to distract Elektra and/or hide his movements. Though as described by Roger Ebert, "we're expecting maybe an elegant Zhang Yimou sequence, and it's more like they're fighting with the laundry."
  • Contract on the Hitman: The Hand basically puts one on Elektra after her failed attempt.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Compare and contrast Roshi and Kirigi to Kingpin and Bullseye in Daredevil.
    • Kingpin and Roshi are each a Corrupt Corporate Executive and are the Man Behind the Man. Although unlike Kingpin, Roshi does not get involved in a fight with Elektra, being too busy leading The Hand from Japan. He also lacks any personal vendetta with Elektra that Kingpin did with murdering Matt's father.
    • Bullseye and Kirigi are both mercenaries who murdered one of Elektra's parents. Bullseye was an Irish Large Ham who loves murder and tries to accost Elektra during their fight while Kirigi is stoic, showing no attraction to Elektra. Bullseye was bald and wore an all black leather ensemble, Kirigi has long hair and wore a white martial arts gi. Both do manage to get under her skin by bringing up her murdered loved ones, but the only main difference in the end is Kirigi ends up getting gutted, while Bullseye is still alive somewhere.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Though Elektra first appeared in Daredevil, the film explores her own story that is similar yet different from Matt's. Both are about a character who wears red who's life went downhill after a parent's death. Matt was self taught in his fighting by "watching" his father and using his senses since he was 12. Elektra, before her death, was taught by a different sensei each year since she was 5 and developed her powers as part of her ressurection as an adult. Both are still haunted by their parents' deaths and learn though a seemingly unrelated situation involving a mercenaries and protecting a parent and daughter from them who the killer is. Matt failed to save Elektra and her father, while Elektra only barely saved Abby with those same mystical abilities. Matt decided Wilson Fisk wasn't worth killing, Elektra doesn't give Kirigi the same treatment as she had become a professional assassin instead of a hero.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Roshi. Giving orders from a boardroom. It comes across that the Hand is The Mafia or Yakuza and not just an evil organization
  • Flat Character: Stone, Tattoo, and Kinkou have this bad. Typhoid has a couple of lines that catapult her into a two-dimensional character. Also, despite being the main villain, Kirigi could easily be considered a two-dimensional character.
  • Forceful Kiss: Elektra is no stranger to receiving these. She got one in the Director's Cut of Daredevil by Bullseye, and now by Typhoid Mary.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Elektra and Typhoid's "kiss"
  • The Handler: McCabe is the go-between Elektra and the people who want to hire her.
  • Handicapped Badass: Stick is blind, but still kicks ass.
  • Hello, Nurse!: A member of the Hand council has this reaction on seeing Typhoid. She kills him for it
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Most of the Hand's Ninjas would fall under this. Atleast they are now wearing black instead of red
  • Hitman with a Heart: Elektra after she fails to make a kill because she cares for the marks
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Stone uses his superstrength to break the trunk of a tree while attacking Elektra, leaving it barely standing. When he them proceeds to chase after Abby and Mark, Elektra uses her weight to tip it over onto Stone, crushing him
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Elektra kills Typhoid Mary by throwing her sai through the bush maze.
The Elektra and Typhoid kiss.
  • Typhoid has her moments as well. Her forceful kiss with Elektra may count as one of them.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: The Hand
  • Neck Snap: At least one villain is dispatched this way. One snaps his own neck
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: May or May not be part of Elektra's personal code.
  • Ninja School: Stick basically run a mix martial school.
  • No Body Left Behind: The Hand villains turn to dust in a flash of green light. Even the major villains end this way.
  • Old Master: Stick
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Hand's Board in a very dark boardroom so as to give Sinister Silhouettes.
  • Power Tattoo: Tattoo has the power to summon animals from his tattoos which cover his body. Snakes, Spiders, Wolves, and Hawks are all at his command. He uses them to spy as well as to fight for him.
  • Precision F-Strike: When she learns Kirigi is on the case, Elektra can't help, but say ""shit"". You can't blame her
  • Product Placement: For Rite Aid. That's right, Rite Aid.
    • And Close-Up toothpaste.
    • Abby states she bought her bracelet on eBay which turns out out to be a Chekhov's Gun which she uses later as her main weapon.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Kirigi has his own squad, comprised of Tattoo (summons animals to fight for him through his tattoos), Typhoid Mary (a Walking Wasteland), Stone (super strength and immunity to attacks that he's expecting), and Kinkou (perfect balance).
  • Race Lift: Typhoid Mary - from Caucasian to Asian (half Malaysian to be specific) and Tattoo - from Japanese to Caucasian.
  • Scope Snipe: There is a brief shot of Elektra looking through the scope of a rather complex looking compound bow.
  • Secret Underground Passage: There is a convenient tunnel under McCabe's farmhouse that Elektra, Abby and her father use to flee from the villains as they surround the house.
  • Shout-Out: Abby and Mark Miller is subtle one to Elektra's Creator Frank Miller
  • Spinoff: This movie is a Spinoff of Daredevil
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Kimagure —Combat Clairvoyance combined with martial arts and the power to control life and death.
  • Super OCD: Elektra shows this. She must have all her toiletries, fruits and veggies lined up just so. She is also a Neat Freak who cleans to avoid leaving her DNA. Abby is also shown having this by her counting windows early in the film.
  • Touch of Death: Typhoid has a literal killer touch everything she touches ages, withers and then dies. Which is opposite Stick who can bring back the dead by laying on hands and using Kimagure.
  • Weapon of Choice: Elektra her Sai, Abby her Warrior Beads, Kirigi his Katanas, Stick his Bo, Stone a club.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: There is a lot of needing fathers approval subtext going on in the movie. Elektra on some level seems to want Sticks approval. Kirigi seeks his father's, Roshi, approval. It can even be read that Abby wants her father's approval. When the title of the movie is Elektra you have to expect some father issues.
  • You Have Failed Me: Apparently all Hand members are supposed to kill themselves if they failed
  • You Killed My Father: Both Elektra and Abby's mothers have been killed by the Hand.
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