After the death of his uncle, the 14-year-old schoolboy Alex Rider is forced by the Special Operations Division of the UK's secret intelligence service, MI6, into 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 then redirected up a mountain in his coffin for burial. 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 read all the Alex Rider books - largely to see what my three sons were raving about. The books are action from page 1, well crafted stories in the James Bond genre, with plausible science. I have thoroughly enjoyed them. Stormbreaker is not the best book in the series, but I can understand the movie makers starting there as it gives them the option to make at least five more Alex Rider films! The film follows the book pretty faithfully, though with a few inevitable cuts and the introduction of a character from a later book. More is given to the female characters, particularly Alex's housekeeper/guardian (Jack Starbright/Alicia Silverstone), presumably to widen the appeal beyond teenage boys and their dads. The relationship between the nasty head of MI-6 his deputy Miss Jones and the reluctant spy Alex is nicely transferred from the book. I particularly liked the Miss Jones characterisation. I thought the SAS training camp and the relationship with Wolf could have been handled better - the reasons for Wolf handing over the cap badge were a bit weak in the film, but are much stronger in the book. Overall, the plot in Stormbreaker is not the strongest in the series, so I am sure many will criticise this, but the studio have done an excellent job of transferring what there is to the screen. The location shooting in London is fabulous. It is so nice to have a well-crafted British movie in this genre after having to sit through the awful SpyKids series...
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