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Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Elektra Movie Poster Image
Violent comic book movie with lingerie costumes.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 100 minutes

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age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Extensive, graphic comic book-style violence.


A couple of kisses.


Strong language but nothing your teen hasn't heard.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie features extensive and graphic (for PG-13) comic book-style violence with a lot of martial arts fights. Many characters are killed. There are brief grisly images. Characters use some strong language (s-word, etc.).

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byjohnyaya137 April 9, 2008

better than average comicbook adaptation

It was predictable but fun. Decent writing and acting. Beautiful photography. And, as for costumes, you'll find more provocative clothing on any streetc... Continue reading
Adult Written byRachel D April 9, 2008

Not impressive

Really disappointed with this. Was a big excuse for Jennifer Garner to beat up more guys and in skimpy clothing. The story was dumb and hard to follow.
Teen, 14 years old Written bywii April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written bymovieman09 April 9, 2008


It was cool and the violence isn't as bad as people make it out to be. Jennifer Garner is hot! ( but not bad hot just hot.)

What's the story?

Elektra (Jennifer Garner), a highly successful assassin for hire, has flashbacks that remind her of her demanding father and loving but doomed mother. When her new targets turn out to be a father and daughter who had befriended her, she decides to save them instead. She feels protective toward them because they have a strong father-daughter bond, something she longed for with her own father. And because the girl reminds her of herself. And because the father is played by the smoulderingly attractive Goran Visnjic. This puts her at odds with a diabolical group of bad guys known as The Hand, including Typhoid (a woman whose poisonous breath causes instant death), Tattoo (a man whose intricate tattoos of fierce creatures come alive to spy or attack), and Kinko (he isn't there to make copies).

Is it any good?

This is a comic book movie that feels like it might have been made for the Lifetime channel ... with costumes by Victoria's Secret. To paraphrase the most famous line from A League of Their Own, "there's no crying in comic book movies" -- at least there shouldn't be, not by the superhero, anyway. Yes, there is kick-boxing, and stuff blows up. There is faux-meaningful comic book dialogue like "This ends here." And there are some cool special effects. But there's too much focus on Elektra's past and feelings and not enough focus on making the rest of the good or bad guys interesting.

There are some good action sequences, the best borrowing from the far-better Hong Kong films. Garner is toned and that midriff-baring costume makes her look more like Comic Book Barbie than like a killer. But she is also toned down. We get almost no chance to see those marvelous dimples or even any facial expressions other than "tortured" and "resolute."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Elektra's answer to Abby's question about why she does what she does. Why did she have to leave her training? What will she do next?

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