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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Rider
Mrs. Jones
Mr. Grin
Alex Barrett ...
Richard Huw ...


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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You're never too young to die. See more »

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

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Release Date:

21 July 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$215,177 (USA) (13 October 2006)


$652,526 (USA) (10 November 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anthony Horowitz, author of the book, recommended Alex Pettyfer to play Alex Rider after seeing his impressive performance in the lead role in the British TV drama Tom Brown's Schooldays (2005). See more »


The so called Potuguese Man-of-war in the tank at Sayle's headquarters looks nothing like an actual Man-of-war. Men-of-war float on top of the water by way of a polyp filled with gas. The Man-of-war in the movie looked like a giant jellyfish. See more »


Jack Starbright: I met the most amazing guy down at the fish market today.
[Alex, who's heard this MANY times before, sighs and rolls his eyes]
Jack Starbright: You know what the problem with this country is, though? Every good-looking guy is either gay or married. Except for *you*, but you're too young.
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »


Ready Steady Go
Written by Andy Gray and Paul Oakenfold
Performed by Paul Oakenfold
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd./Mute Song Ltd.
Courtesy of A&E Records Ltd. in association with Rhino UK and Maverick Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Not a disappointment, but not a masterpiece.
27 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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