"Baby Formula James Bond"
What You Need To Know:
ALEX RIDER: OPERATION STORMBREAKER lacks the obligatory opening theme music that can sell a million copies. Also, some of the characters are so cartoonish they are distracting. Even so, this is a rollicking adventure movie that middle school boys might enjoy, if they weren’t so busy playing video games. There is no foul language, no sex and no nudity in OPERATION STORMBREAKER. And, the violence, though plentiful, is not graphic. MOVIEGUIDE® recommends caution for older children because of the movie's action violence, but commends the filmmakers for keeping the language clean and leaving out unnecessary sex scenes.
(BB, P, VV, M) Strong moral worldview with basic good vs. evil story about heroes and villains and some patriotic elements; no foul language; strong action violence for middle-school age and above with numerous chases with gunfire, fights, man shoots his driver for damaging a box, original secret agent killed in a car chase, boy thrown in tank with man of war, boy suspended from top of building holding a cable, and woman killed by a large Man of War, a kind of poisonous jelly fish; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, villainy rebuked.
ALEX RIDER: OPERATION STORMBREAKER is James Bond for middle school students. Alex Pettyfer plays Alex Rider, a 14-year-old boy raised by his Uncle Ian, who happens to be a British secret agent. Alex is raised to speak four foreign languages, be an expert mountain climber, and be quite capable in karate and marksmanship. To top it off, he looks like a young Robert Redford.
As the movie opens, Alex’s Uncle Ian is killed by some sinister bad guys, after he dispatches quite a number of them. After the funeral, Alex gets in a bike chase trying to catch some men in a truck taking off with his uncle’s belongings. When he catches up to them, he finds his uncle’s car riddled with bullets and loaded with secret agent gadgets. He then has to fight off a small army of thugs, earning himself a job offer from the Secret Service.
Alex is sent into the factory his uncle was investigating just before his death. The Secret Service believes Darrius Sayle (played by Mickey Rourke) is up to something bad even though he has promised thousands of super computers called “Stormbreakers” to all the schools in England. In the classic style of James Bond, Sayle has an unfriendly sidekick (Sophie Okonedo), a lush office with a huge fish tank containing a large and lethal Man of War, and a big factory guarded by lots of men with machine guns. Unlike a Bond movie, Alex does not have to sleep with any beautiful women, though he does get some help from an attractive classmate (Sarah Bolger) and his “nanny” (Alicia Silverstone) is not at all the grandmother type. In a cute twist, the “Q” character runs a real toy store, where his secret agent clients are ushered into the back room to get the more lethal toys. There’s even a brief scene with an “Oddjob” henchman character who throws his hat.
ALEX RIDER: OPERATION STORMBREAKER lacks the obligatory John Barry opening theme music that can sell a million copies. Also, some of the characters are so cartoonish they are distracting. Even so, this is a rollicking adventure movie that middle school boys might enjoy, if they weren’t so busy playing video games. There is no foul language, sex or nudity, and the violence, though plentiful, is not graphic. MOVIEGUIDE® recommends caution for older children because of the movie’s violence, but commends the filmmakers for keeping the language clean and leaving out gratuitous sex scenes.