Rob Bowman (2005)

12 Certificate
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Our Score
Daredevil's lady friend Elektra gets a solo outing in this insipid action adventure based on the spin-off Marvel comic book. Resuming events where the Ben Affleck vehicle ended, Jennifer Garner's kick-ass warrior is literally back from the dead and working as a hired assassin. But when she's asked to kill a father and daughter on the run from a supernatural martial arts syndicate known as The Hand, Elektra's past and conscience catch up with her. Cue lots of soul-searching and childhood flashbacks in an attempt to mask the plot's slenderness with emotion. When the fight action does erupt, it's unimpressive and quickly over, with the final confrontation between good and evil particularly anticlimactic. Although the film is glossy and stylish, Garner lacks the weight and charisma expected of her character and only the villains have any vitality, thanks to cool costumes and some fun SFX. As in Daredevil, however, they're sadly underused.


A martial arts expert returns from the dead and becomes an infamous assassin. Hired to kill a man and his daughter, she finds the mission weighing heavily on her conscience and chooses instead to save their lives from a secret ninja society with mystical powers. Comic-book adventure, with Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Kirsten Prout and Terence Stamp.

Cast & Crew

Elektra Natchios Jennifer Garner
Mark Miller Goran Visnjic
Abby Miller Kirsten Prout
Stick Terence Stamp
Kirigi Will Yun Lee
Typhoid Natassia Malthe
Tattoo Chris Ackerman
Roshi Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Director Rob Bowman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Some violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray