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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 murdered by notorious assassin Yassen Gregorovich (Damian Lewis), everything young Alex thought he knew would be forever changed by one simple bullet. A deadly martial artist, skilled linguist, steady-handed mountaineer, and deadeye marksman, Alex realizes that his uncle has been secretly training him in the art of espionage when he is recruited by MI6 Special Operations agents Mr. Blunt (Bill Nighy) and Mrs. Jones (Sophie Okonedo). It seems that billionaire Darius Sayle (Mickey Rourke) has generously offered to donate a complimentary Stormbreaker supercomputer to every school in Britain, but while his philanthropic offer is welcomed with open arms by the struggling school system, MI6 fears that something nefarious is afoot. Assigned the task of infiltrating Sayle's impenetrable lair by posing as the winner of a computer magazine contest, Alex makes the acquaintance of shady Sayle sidekicks Mr. Grin (Andy Serkis) and Nadia Vole (Missi Pyle) before getting a special sneak preview of the remarkable Stormbreaker's true powers. His cover subsequently blown, Alex is given a key piece of information regarding the remarkable computer before being thrown to a giant jellyfish by Sayle and his henchmen and left to die just as the prime minister is about to push the button that will activate Stormbreaker computers all across Britain. With no time to spare and the fate of a nation hanging in the balance, Alex must now enlist the help of his trusted housekeeper Jack Starbright (Alicia Silverstone) and faithful classmate Sabina Pleasure (Sarah Bolger) in ensuring that the Stormbreaker system is not activated and revealing Sayle for the true villain that he is before the young super spy's breathless first mission becomes his fatal last.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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Alex Pettyfer
as Alex Rider
Ewan McGregor
as Ian Rider
Mickey Rourke
as Darrious Sayle
Bill Nighy
as Alan Blunt
Sophie Okonedo
as Mrs. Jones
Alicia Silverstone
as Jack Starbright
Missi Pyle
as Nadia Vole
Sarah Bolger
as Sabina Pleasure
Damian Lewis
as Yassen Gregorovich
Robbie Coltrane
as Prime Minister
Stephen Fry
as Smithers
Andy Serkis
as Mr. Grin
Jimmy Carr
as John Crawford
Richard Huw
as Teacher
David Royle
as Special Forces Serge...
Bohdan Poraj
as Soldier
Bo Poraj
as Soldier No. 1
Del Synnott
as Soldier No. 2
William Tapley
as Army Major
Scott Chisholm
as Boy in Hamleys
Vivien Creegor
as News Reporter
Simon McCoy
as News Reader
Michael Webber
as Sayle Scientist
Andrew Brooke
as Clumsy Guard
Ian U'Chong
as Sayle Security Guard
Laurella Fox-Pitt
as Riding Instructress
Bruce Woodford
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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