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Elektra

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Violent comic book movie with lingerie costumes.
  • Review Date: April 3, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Violence

Extensive, graphic comic book-style violence.

Sex

A couple of kisses.

Language

Strong language but nothing your teen hasn't heard.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.).

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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?

QUALITY

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. But this is a comic book movie that feels like it might have been made for the Lifetime channel. With costumes by Victoria's Secret. Yes, there is kick-boxing. 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."

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 14, 2005
DVD release date:April 5, 2005
Cast:Goran Visnjic, Jennifer Garner, Terence Stamp
Director:Rob Bowman
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:action violence

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Teen, 14 years old Written bywii April 9, 2008
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 streetcorner in summertime. I think the producers asked for pg-13 to make it sound naughtier than it is.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymovieman09 April 9, 2008

Neato!!

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.)

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