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|Alex Rider - Operation Stormbreaker |
Full Screen Edition
Actors: Alex Pettyfer, Mickey Rourke, Sophie Okonedo, Sarah Bolger, Robbie Coltrane
Director: Geoffrey Sax
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
(Adventure/Family) A 14-year-old is forced to become a secret agent and embarks on a thrilling adventure. Based on the original novel in the best-selling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
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Eli A. (yodog) from CATONSVILLE, MD
Reviewed on 6/19/2011...
loved it would watch it again and again!!
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Tracey B. from DAHLGREN, VA
Reviewed on 12/10/2009...
Overall score: 4.5 stars- It was a good film in its own right, and also comparative to the book.
True to the book: 4.5 stars- By today's standards, it was really true to the book, but it must have helped that the writer of the screenplay was the book's author.
Action: 4 stars- Good, not excessive
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
"You've Been Trained All Your Life To Be A Spy, Alex."
Mel Odom | Moore, OK USA | 01/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a fan of the Alex Rider novels, so I approached the DVD with some trepidation. I love the books. Can't wait for the next one. But the movie release never even came close to my city, which is the capital of the state. That concerned me.
Alex Rider is a 14-year-old spy that was trained by his Uncle Ian to be strong and independent. Perhaps not a spy. We never know for sure. But through the six books that have been published so far, we've gotten to know Alex quite well. He's not your average kid, but neither is he happy-go-lucky about being a spy. The movie depicts him, more or less, as that, though, and that's one of the parts where book fans will object.
What you see on the screen is very much a more light-hearted version of Alex Rider, bordering on slapstick comedy at times. Think of the original book series by author/creator Anthony Horowitz as Sean Connery's James Bond as opposed to Roger Moore's take on that character. Book Alex is more subdued, more desperate, and less sure of himself. But the curiosity and determination is the same.
Overall, the movie is an enjoyable experience. The action scenes are well choreographed (I loved the opening escape by Ian Rider and the later junkyard fight with the rope by Alex) and play big. Adrenaline and rock music kick in and propel the viewer through the film.
Mickey Rouke played the villain, and his portrayal was a little over the top and annoying at times. The makeup was way too heavy as well, even by kid standards. The Alan Blunt character was too thin as well. Blunt comes off much better in the novels.
OPERATION: STORMBREAKER will hopefully be the first of the Alex Rider franchise, though. The DVD is a great rental for family night or as an addition to the family library for action flicks suitable for the younger audience that will also hold the attention of adults.
But do try to read one of the books or put one in the hands of your 10-14 year-olds. They'll be glad you did, and they're on Accelerated Reader lists everywhere."
"Spy Kids" merges with James Bond
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 11/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Look out 007! There's a new secret agent in town, and he's going to knock the socks off the girls who used to swoon over you (at least the teenaged ones.) In this action-packed teen adventure, unwilling secret agent Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) signs up with MI6 to spy on an eccentric eye-shadow wearing billionaire (Mickey Rourke) whose generous offer to equip all the schools in the UK with super-computers seems much too good to be true.
Alex has unknowingly been groomed to be an agent by his uncle (Ewan McGregor) and after all, there's no one better for the job than the man who was Obi Wan Kenobi. Soon, Alex is sent off to boot camp, prepped for his first mission and outfitted with an arsenal of cool gadgets and gizmos (but no real weaponry).
The stellar cast makes this movie seem a lot better than the plot indicates, with appearances by Bill Nighy as Alan Blunt of MI6; Sophie Okonedo as the Special Operations Division operative with the Bond-like name of Tulip Jones; Stephen Fry as the Q-like Smithers; Andy "Gollum" Serkis as Mr. Grin; and also Alicia Silverstone, Robbie Coltrane, Missi Pyle and Damien Lewis.
More gruesome than Spy Kids (people die in this movie, albeit off screen) and less risqué than Bond (no hanky-panky), this movie is great for teenaged audiences out for light entertainment and a little adventure.
Amanda Richards, November 28, 2006
Great Kid Flick
J.M. | USA | 01/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fun, "mission impossible" style adventure film for kids. The action scenes are realistic, not the cartoon-type stuff you see in the Spy Kid movies. My kids were glued to the screen because of the non-stop suspense. The opening scene is very intense and incredibly well done and I believe sets the tone for the entire movie. A refreshing note to parents--there is little to no objectionable material in this movie. I noticed no bad language, no smoking or drug use, and no sexual content or innuendo. I also thought Ewan Mc Gregor brought nice credibility to this film. This was a great kickin' it movie for kids and teens. Well done."