John S. (y2santos) from HUNTINGTON PK, CA Reviewed on 12/16/2012...
Just leave your mind at the door for two hours and enjoy
A. Sandoc | San Pablo, California United States | 02/21/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Stealth is one of those summer action flicks that has leave-your-brain-at-the-door written all over it. It's really a simple and mindless fun action movie that delivers on the premise of ultra hi-tech weapons (mainly all the futuristic warplanes) piloted by great looking people and lots and lots of explosion. Rob Cohen directs from a script by W.D. Richter that is point for point something that Michael Bay has made a living on. Rob Cohen is not a rookie when it comes to mindless, action fun since he's also directed Fast and the Furious and xXx. He knows what the teenage and young male demographic likes and caters to them. This mans that Stealth is not something that will receive much critical acclaim but then its not made to be.
The plot written by W.D. Richter is simple enough. Trio of hotshot pilots (played by Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx) tests new futuristic warplanes for the Navy with all the requisite action movie repartee. They're soon joined by a fourth wingman who is actually a flying computer with a HAL9000 complex and even sounds like HAL but with a penchant for hard rock music. They're all commanded by a commander (Sam Sheppard) whose agenda may not be as altruistic and honorable as the military requires from all its officers. The HAL9000 wanna-be gets all haywired and all hell breaks loose. That pretty much sums up the basic plot of the movie. Just add gratuitous destruction and explosion with music seemingly lifted from any number of Michael Bay movies then stir the pot. I swear I thought I heard a few soundtrack pieces from The Rock and Pearl Harbor in Stealth.
There's really not much to say about the acting in the movie other than its pedestrian and good enough for the type of film Cohen and company were making. They weren't trying to remake Citizen Kane and with half of the dialogue faux-military speak there wasn't much to quibble about. Even all the scenes where the actors need to emote comes off as just tacked on. Stealth is all about great looking CGI planes dogfighting against each other with lots and lots of explosions. And I must say that whatever amount they spent on creating the look of those Talon prototype fighters and the EDI-UCAV was well worth it. They look great and realistic. The physics involved with all the maneuvers performed might not follow any current laws but it sure does make for great action sequences. I felt like I was watching a live-action version of the great anime Macross Plus and the Playstation game Ace Combat.
Stealth was not a film to write home and the Academy voters about, but it does deliver in what it set out to do. Stealth was suppose to deliver beautiful people flying hi-tech planes and pretending to be hotshot military pilots. They sure did good enough in that respect. stealth also delivered on the explosion quota that such mindless, action flicks are required to have to qualify as one. Stealth might not be the Academy-Award material or even a great action movie, but it has enough to make it a fun movie for however long it lasted."
Stealth aiming for the top gum but got pop gun instead
movie phantom | california | 08/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Even though i thought the visuals and and special effects were dazzling but the story was alittle to limp
obviously aimed for a younger crowd
laking a tight story that left you wanting more and giving little in the development of the stars or the story making it seem like a mix maash of all the other popular vet fighter movies such as top gun , fire fox, etc.
if your looking for a no-brainer fun action movie this is your movie
if your looking for a top gun you will leave feeling dissapointed
hopefully this is helpfull"
Why Stealth failed and why so many fans didn't like it.
GreatMovieCriticForever | 08/17/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Hmmm, where to start truly, when a movie like Stealth comes along with some promise, it's laughable that movie with a budget that this had can to turn to crap so easily.
After 2000 votes on IMDB, it's gotten a 4.6 rating and after watching the film myself, it deserves. Why you asked? We'll if you watched this terrible movie you know but if you don't I will explain so it's crystal clear.
The plot on paper sounds good: A Navy vessel has gotten a new fighter jet which basically can think for itself (Artificial Intelligence) and will supposedly be the future for the Navy, however as it turns out the machines has a life and mind of it's own.
Well, let's start with the obvious problems with Stealth, the characters, no one cares about them. Despite the fact Lt. Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas), Kara Wade (Jessica Biel) and Henry Purcell (Jamie Fox) are all supposed to be respectable members of the Navy, they come of as anything but. They come as arrogant, jealous types who party all the time, and aren't serious until a mission comes up. Now I don't if you're name is Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman or Rob Cohen, if you want to sink you're movie early so nobody wants to watch it ever again, gives us unlikable characters.
Moving on their superior Capt. George Cummings (Sam Shephard) just comes as a b.s. talking military bafoon, something that's confirmed later on when the supposed smartest Navy ship in the country is brought to it's knees by the new naval fighter. In fact there's a laughable scene where the Capt. calls the creator of the ship for help and literally demands him to come up with any bright ideas for the destruction of the fighter, but that's getting a little ahead.
Now the action scenes which consists of many air fight scenes, and air combat action is pulled of quite convincingly for the most part, This are some beautiful ,edited shots put together. However, effects can only carry you so far,we stil gotta go back to inconsistencies of the plot and lack of character development. As mentioned no one really cares whether these guys live or die.
The plot itself well if anyone thinks the story is original think again, the whole evil computer being is something that was introduced forty + years ago in 2001 A Space Odyssey and hell the fighter jet even talks in a sarcastic way just like HAL!!!!
Hilarious, and besides that the whole fighter pilots carrying their missions against terrorists is something we've seen a million times in our paranoid induced Hollywood Cinema's ever since the mid 80's (Top Gun).
All in all the fans have spoken, "Stealth" isn't worth the time or effort to sit through even with all "those cool computer effects" because we've seen this before and we know how it ends and heck I don't know about the next person, but I'am sick of seeing military bafoons throwing their weight around. We'll at least we got Jessica Biel to look at it, she does look pretty but it's not enough.
2 Stars here, one for the effects and the other for Jessica Biel.
I still can't decide if I liked it or if it was just stupid.
Ben | Woodbury, Mn USA | 04/04/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Let me start by saying, the plot is very unoriginal. It's the future, the U.S. builds a "smart" jet that goes haywire, in this case (and in many others) because the machine evolves (which I will get back to later), and the humans are stuck trying to get the machine to behave again. *yawn*. That's not special. Who hasn't seen a movie like that?
I really wasn't expecting much when I rented this. Just one of those rainy afternoon time-fillers. Well, I was right, it was very average. As I have already said, this plot has been overused. The actors give a fairly good performance, but I felt that Josh Lucas and Jamie Foxx were out of place. They do a good job acting the part, I just don't think they were the right actors for this film. On the other hand, I couldn't think of any actress who would fit this movie better than Jessica Biel.
Now about machines evolving... It will NEVER happen. Machines do not adapt like living things. And even if they did, it would take more than a few hours for the "evolvation" to happen. So if you're wondering "is this movie realistic?", the answer is no. I can't say the whole movie is unrealistic, because it did say it took place sometime in the near future, but I can say that the whole concept of the jet evolving, and towards the end actually feeling emotion, is stupid.
BOTTOM LINE: You will only enjoy this movie if you can grasp the concept of machines evolving, and if you aren't one of those people that is constantly asking themselves "could that really happen?". You may also want to get your earmuffs out when the jet talks, because its voice does not sound like what a killing machine's voice should sound like.
Anyone who liked the movie I Robot should check this out, both movies are very similar."
Not the movie marketing led you to believe
Mojo Jojo | 02/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I liked this film quite a bit. It's nothing mind-blowingly original, but as an adventure film with a slight sci-fi twist, it's pretty good. Just don't expect what the advertising campaign prepared you for. It's their job to lie to you, and I suppose, in their defense, that this would be a tricky film to market in a thirty second commercial.
To begin with, Jamie Foxx is not the star. He's only a supporting character. A major one, but still just secondary. And EDI, the evil robot superjet, isn't actually evil as much as confused. This is not a man versus machine film. In fact, two-thirds of the way through it changes focus completely, becoming a rescue story.
I don't want to give away too much more than that, but I will say that EDI's character is surprisingly deep and sympathetic. The other characters all have nice story arcs as well. So if you have two hours to kill and want to see a good movie that barrels along to a satisfying ending, you could do a lot worse.
Also, Josh Lucas does an excellent job with his starring role. I just thought I'd mention that since he got completely dropped from any mention in the advertising."