Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006)



Critic Consensus: Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker is strictly children's fare, as it lacks originality, excitement, and believabiltity.

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An outwardly ordinary teenager finds himself suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances upon discovering that his entire youth was part of an elaborate plan to create the perfect super spy in director Geoffrey Sax's action-packed adaptation of author Anthony Horowitz's best-selling series of novels featuring an adolescent secret agent. Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) always though that his kindly uncle Ian (Ewan McGregor) was your average, everyday nondescript bank manager, but when Ian was … More

Rating: PG (for sequences of action violence and some peril)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Anthony Horowitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2007
Box Office: $0.6M
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as Alex Rider

as Ian Rider

as Darrious Sayle

as Alan Blunt

as Mrs. Jones

as Jack Starbright

as Nadia Vole

as Sabina Pleasure

as Yassen Gregorovich

as Prime Minister

as Smithers

as Mr. Grin

as John Crawford

as Teacher

as Special Forces Serge...

as Soldier

as Soldier No. 1

as Soldier No. 2

as Army Major

as Boy in Hamleys

as News Reporter

as News Reader

as Sayle Scientist

as Clumsy Guard

as Sayle Security Guard

as Riding Instructress

as PE Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (29)

Nobody wants to see a violent James Bond send-up, with a British teen risking life and limb for Jolly Olde England, matched against a toothpick chomping 'computer genius' villain played by Mickey Rourke.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

I forgot most of it about 20 seconds after it was over.

Full Review… | October 17, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Yes, we've got brand new blond junior and grown-up Bonds this season, but the toughest task for Baby Bond could be finding an audience.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Bond-for-kids done with some obvious budget restrictions...

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

A pointless junior version of James Bond minus the budget (and the suaveness).

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

With so much talent involved with this film, the finished product seems like a waste.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker


Fun enough but nothing amazing. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

It was very disappointing!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Nadia Vole: "You are ze first child to experience ze power... ze vorld domination, of ze Stormbreaker. Zis model has already been loaded vis highly developed programs for all aspects of ze school curricular."

An outwardly ordinary orphaned teenager student Alex Rider who lives with his uncle, a boring bank manager, or so it seems until his uncle, Ian Rider, disappears under mysterious circumstances. He finds himself suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances upon discovering that his entire youth was part of an elaborate plan to create the perfect super spy. Recruited by Mr. Blunt and Mrs. Jones, and armed with special gadgets, he embarks on his first mission. Billionaire Darrius Sayle is donating a free Stormbreaker mega-computer to every school in Britain. But is there more to his generosity than meets the eye? Going undercover, he infiltrates Sayle's compound. He meets the tycoon's sinister sidekicks, vixen publicist Nadia Vole and the disfigured mute Mr. Grin, and tests out the impressive and secretive Stormbreaker computer. While exploring a restricted area, Alex begins to figure out the mysterious Stormbreakers--he knows he's onto something big. Suddenly, Sayle and his evil henchmen capture Alex. Using his cunning and his MI6 gadgets, Alex manages to escape. He hitches a ride to London to stop Sayle from activating the Stormbreakers and releasing their secret weapon throughout Britain. But time is running out. With the help of his housekeeper Jack Starbright and his friend Sabina Pleasure, Alex takes Sayle head-on in a dangerous race against time to stop the evil plan. Within days he's gone from schoolboy to super spy, but will his first assignment be his last?

I like action, don't get me wrong. I'm a die hard Die Hard fan, I dig Rambo and his killer mullet and I love Bond, James Bond. But sometimes the action genre only works to a certain extent well for example, if a 14 year old kid turns into a super spy and the fate of the whole world rests on his pre-pubescent stubby little hands, then I think we have a problem.

This film is exactly just like that. And I may be alone in this one, maybe not but I think, 14 year old tweens belongs in the school, not in some high class evil lair butting heads with a has been punk rocker Mickey Rourke.

It didn't work with Cody Banks and I'm sad to say it didn't work here either. The main problem of this film is that its trying so hard to be a high espionage actioner that it completely forgets that for an action film to work, the story must be on the same level as the action. This one however goes the other way around, it has so much action that the story was completely forgotten.

However, everything is not all that bad. Save for a couple of cool action scenes and Bill Nighy. After that, its sad to say everything goes downhill.


Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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