Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

2006

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

Critics 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.

Cast

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 Sergeant
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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Audience Reviews for Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

  • Aug 21, 2010
    Fun enough but nothing amazing. Full review later.
    Thomas B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2010
    It was very disappointing!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2009
    Sigh... I have read all the books of Alex rider and I find them to be a great read, when I heard about the movie of this I thought it was a great idea to put this character onto the big screen. When I saw the movie I realized it wasnt such a good idea, at least not under this director. This movie is one of the worst petty excuses for film I have ever seen, they twisted the story and added dashes of puberty here and there to make an ultimately crap awkward experience. Only one part in this whole movie made me sort of twitch a smile but it was quickly drowned out by this movies crapness, everything about it is rubbish and I would give it less than no stars if I could. Oh and for the record I cant actually put 0 stars on this movie so ill give it a half but we all know what I mean
    Malcolm D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2009
    <i>"You're never too young to die."</i><p> Having read the book, I can say that <i>Stormbreaker</i> is totally disapointing. They had so much to work with - some good actors, a great martial arts choreographer, and exciting stunts. So, what the fuck happened? <u>SUMMARY:</u><p> 14-year-old Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) is an orphan. He lives with his Uncle Ian (Ewan McGregor), and American housekeeper Jack (Alicia Silverstone), and he thinks his uncle works in a bank but Ian is a spy for MI6 and, before the opening credits are over, he's dead. Alex is recruited as a spy by Mr. Blunt (Bill Nighy) and Mrs. Jones (Sophie Okonedo), and assigned to infiltrate the HQ of billionaire Darius Sayle (Mickey Rourke), who is donating one of his revolutionary Stormbreaker computers to every British school. Alex finds himself trapped in the giant facility by Sayle and his evil sidekicks, Nadia Vole (Missi Pyle), and Mr. Grin (Andy Serkis). <u>REVIEW:</u><p> The film is an adaptation of Anthony Horrowitz's <i>Stormbreaker</i>,and he takes on the role of screenwriter. Shockingly, the screenplay is flat. The book is actually very good, and we get nothing from the script. It's so flavourless - the characters don't have the flair that they had in the book, and if you ask me, the screenplay is very much <b>immateur</b>. Alex Rider doesn't appear to be a very likeable hero in this, he's very much smart-ass who thinks he's so good (remind you of anyone, Malcolm?). Darius Sayle is quite an overdone villain in this - there's no touch of subtlety in his character, and there should be. The dialogue tries to be witty but fails in the attempt, and there are some jokes that lack a sense of humour. Luckily, the ending doesn't signal and a sequel, so <i>Point Blank</i> should be safe from getting ruined. Alex Pettyfer is a general pretty boy who lacks charisma and talent. He's really bad in this. His looks will of course appeal to girls around the world, just like Robert Pattinson. He shouldn't keep acting, but modelling seems like a good idea for the wanker. Many of the actors are quite underused, which annoyed me. Robbie Coltrane does nothing as the Prime Minister - he's good, but he has no screen-time. Ewan McGregor has a short action sequence, but we see no more of him after his character dies - couldn't there have been a flashback or something? Stepher Fry gleefully plays Smithers, the supplier of gadgets for Alex, and he's excellent in the role. Bill Nighy overdoes his role, but I still enjoyed his performance. I found Missi Pyle very good as Nadia Vole - I even found her hot. The martial arts sequences were choreographed by Donnie Yen. I'm a huge fan of his. He's one of my favourite choreographers. The fact that there are only two fight sequences, that last about 2 minutes each, drives me mad! Even though Yen had nothing to work with, he was still able to create two competent enough fight sequences. The action is boring however, and quite horribly shot. The cinematography is terrible, the CGI looks so obvious - I could go on forever. The soundtrack is irritating, but the pacing is okay however. It actually moves along at a really nice pace. Alex Pettyfer <b>sucks</b>. Why him? His career looks promising. He got himself the lead romantic role in <i>Wild Child</i>, and is soon to be the lead for <i>I am Number Four</i> with the beautiful Dianna Agron. He doesn't deserve that heat. Anyways, <i>Stormbreaker</i> has a few qualities, but it shouts out so many flaws that quickly make it a disaster. I can't recommend this at all, even to those who like the book. This is garbage. <div style="width:440px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/alex-pettyfer-stormbreaker-9142263"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/91/42/26/9142263_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;">
    James H Super Reviewer

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