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Alex Rider thinks he is a normal school boy, until his uncle is killed. He discovers that his uncle was actually spy on a mission, when he was killed. Alex is recruited by Alan Blunt to continue the mission. He is sent to Cornwall to investigate a new computer system, which Darrius Sayle has created. He plans to give the new computer systems to every school in the country, but Mr. Blunt has other ideas and Alex must find out what it is. Written by
I've never read the Alex Rider novels, but I have read some of Anthony Horowitzs other novels (Devils Doorknob and its sequel), and those I did like.
This movie was made without first looking at the competition, because if the makers had bothered to do some research, they'd realise they would need to raise the bar quite a bit higher.
The stunts and action sequences were suitably OK, some of the supporting cast were OK, others were completely wasted (Alicia Silverstone, Robbie Coltrane to name two).
Alex Pettyfer as Alex Rider, sorry, no. Just struck me as a precocious model type arse who was too busy lookin' good! The film wasn't anywhere near long enough to introduce us to Alex Rider, his training in the film was short and seemed to be mostly skipped over.
I think the problem with the movie is that the director and producers couldn't quite get the balance right with regards to it being a kids movie that could include adults in its audience. Kids might like it, adults will have seen far better.
Spy Kids has got the younger market sewn up, and the Frankie Muniz that plays Agent Cody Banks in that film series is far more likable than Alex Pettyfer was in this.
I think if this film series is to succeed, Alex Pettyfer has to go, better use needs to be made of the acting talent, and instead of creating a story specially for the film, one of Horowitzs existing books in its entirety should suffice.
Its not a total disaster, but a movie needs a little more than flashy set pieces, intertwined with a perfunctory seen it all before storyline that only gives Bill Nighy a decent role, with everyone else floundering.
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