Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:March 5th, 2007 14:00 EST
Elektra rises again on DVD!

Elektra rises again on DVD!

By Garrett Godwin

For years, there has been a secret war waged between the forces of good and the forces of evil. There was a prophecy that tells of a female warrior that will tip the balance between light and darkness. Once Daredevil's true love, she is now the world's most elusive yet dangerous assassin. Her name is Elektra.

Jennifer Garner reprises her role in 2005's Elektra, picking up where Daredevil left off. When we last saw Elektra, she was killed by one of Daredevil's arch-rivals, Bullseye (Colin Farrell). She was brought back to life by a mysterious man named Stick (Terence Stamp), who is blind and tried to teach her "the way" to prepare her and his other students in their war against the Hand, their main enemy for years. Though Stick's best -- and powerful -- student, Elektra was fueled by the rage and violence she has encountered in her life, and was ordered by her sensei to leave the dojo.

Now, alone and nowhere to go as well as no one to turn to, Elektra lives for her life as an assassin. Her latest target is to kill Mark Miller (Goran Visnjic) and his young, rebellious daughter Abby (Kirsten Prout). However, nightmares of the past and being stricken by her conscience causes her to have second thoughts. Therefore, Elektra decides to protect the father and daughter rather to kill them, making her a target as well to the Hand.

Released in January 2005, Elektra didn't make an impact at the box office, grossing over $20 million. Now on DVD, the film has extras that feature deleted scenes, including a cameo from Daredevil (Ben Affleck) himself. When the movie opened, it was preceded as a popcorn movie loaded with incredible action, amazing fight scenes, and great special effects.

Elektra would have been better by delving more into the character's back-story: from pre-Daredevil her childhood to her post-Daredevil life as an assassin, with the Daredevil movie as the middle. However, when getting Elektra on DVD and watching the never before scenes shown in theatres, you get a better sense of both the film and the character herself.

Like her name, Elektra is a tragedy because there is darkness within her; surrounded by the violence, pain, and loss she has encountered throughout her lifetime. Though between good and evil, she becomes a reluctant heroine and soon slowly finds her individual humanity after meeting Mark and Abby, becoming both mentor and mother figure to Abby as well as finding solace, peace, and redemption.

Standing between good and evil, Elektra is available on DVD.