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Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006)

Stormbreaker (original title)
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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.

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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 FilmFanUK

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Rated PG for sequences of action violence and some peril | See all certifications »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,244,892 (UK) (21 July 2006)

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$652,526 (USA) (10 November 2006)
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Alex Rider writer Anthony Horowitz is a No 1 best selling author, and the Alex Rider novel Snakehead was a No 1 best seller. The Alex Rider books are a No 1 best selling series enjoyed by millions of readers worldwide. See more »

Goofs

In the scene as Mrs Jones is leading Alex to Mr Blunt's office for the first time, Mrs Jones has a three inch tear visible in the back seam of the upper right arm of her jacket showing her white shirt underneath. This has then disappeared in the next scene where Alex is talking to Mr Blunt. See more »

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Nadia Vole: It's a fishing village.
Alex Rider: It's nice.
Nadia Vole: Not if you're a fish.
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Features The Avengers: Never, Never Say Die (1967) See more »

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Written by Nick Atkinson, Luke Potashnick, David Neale and Ben Smyth
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©2004 Brightside Recordings, a division of Blue Sky Music Ltd.
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Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
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A Novelist does not a screenwriter make
26 April 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Stormbreaker is the first film from Anthony Howowitz's successful Alex Rider novel series for Young Adults, think Cody Banks, Johnny English and James Bond.       

It's a spy film for teens and kids and though it's well crafted, we've seen it all before. There has been a lot of criticism leveled at this film, which this reviewer believes is a little harsh. There are some fine performances, including the lead, Alex Pettyfey who was chosen over five hundred others. Alicia Silverstone, Stephen Fry and Mickey Rourke also do an adequate job, but it's the veteran Bill Nighy who turns in the most entertaining role as Alex's boss.          

Someone close to Alex is more than he seems. Now that torch has been passed to Alex, whether he is really ready for it or not.     

There are several twists and turns as well as some impressive action scenes, but a lot of it is stagy and a little contrived, particularly the character of Nadia Vole who is just plain silly.     

There is little suspense and much is predictable. It really doesn't differ enough from similar teen fair which is a shame as Howowitz's books predate the other films it so closely resembles. However he wrote the script himself and only has himself to blame. I would have liked to see the series develop, however with only half of its 40 million dollar budget recouped in its worldwide theatrical release, it appears unlikely. Its DVD life will determine its ultimate future.     

However there's enough for kids to enjoy and that's really who it's aimed at.   


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