After the death of his uncle, the 14-year-old schoolboy Alex Rider is forced by the Special OperationsDivision of Britain's secret intelligence service, MI6, for a mission which will save millions of lives.
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
The Stormbreaker books were a huge success, but the same cannot be said for the film - it didn't make much money at all. Stormbreaker is slick to look at - the action scenes are not of the same calibre as American-made ones, but they are pretty thrilling, and the Stormbreaker itself, as well as all the gadgets, are very well-made and advanced - another successful book-to-film adaptation. So what went wrong for Stormbreaker?
The film's main problems lie within its rather square, flat script. Though the opening five minutes had action scenes that would make even the Mission Impossible crew proud, the rest of the film was not so beautifully done - the fact that bikes and horses were used in the chases was original, but nowhere near as slick and thrilling as MI. Anthony Horowitz is a master author, but his screen writing skills have formed a rather predictable, flat movie. The humour is poorly done, and there is too little punching and shooting for my liking - but the main character is a kid, so this can be excused. This film should have waited, and should have fallen into American hands. But this is a British action film - I don't care what it says - it is set in Britain, made using British money, with British actors, and is our comeback to the Mission Impossible films. However, it is just not on the same scale as this - though just as stylized and high-tech, the film just doesn't have a fast pace that leaves your heart in your mouth, and is not exhilarating and complex.
On the whole - Stormbreaker is more than candy for the eyes - it is pretty memorable, and is a faithful book-to-film adaptation. But it is no masterpiece, and would have been better as a huge budget American-made action flick. But this is a good film - kids will love it, and adults may give in to its charms. It comes out on DVD soon - let's hope it has some bonus features - I hope the DVD sells better than box office takings. A good film. 8/10
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