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Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (Widescreen Edition)

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In Alex Rider - Operation Stormbreaker, you'll enter the world of Alex Rider, an ordinary teenager trained to be the ultimate spy. When his uncle (Ewan McGregor) mysteriously disappears, Alex is recruited to investigate a billionaire (Mickey Rourke) plotting to control the world's computers. Within days, he's gone from schoolboy to super spy - but is Alex ready to save the world? Based on the best-selling novel by Anthony Horowitz, Alex Rider - Operation Stormbreaker is loaded with an all-star cast, cool gadgets, sinister villains, and amazing stunts. Get ready for the ultimate adventure!

A James Bond-style action-adventure film for the tween and teen set based on Anthony Horowitz's book "Stormbreaker," Alex Rider--Operation Stormbreaker is a fast-paced action film shot in and around London that's bursting with suspense, intrigue, high-tech gadgetry, martial arts moves, and intense chase scenes featuring everything from cars and motorbikes to helicopters, quad bikes, bicycles, and horses. Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) thinks he's just an ordinary 14-year old kid, but when the uncle that raised him (Ewan McGregor) dies, he soon discovers that his uncle led a secret life as an intelligence agent and that he was secretly grooming Alex for a similar future with special intelligence division MI6. Motivated by revenge against his uncle's killers, Alex takes up where his uncle left off in the investigation of computer mogul Darrius Sayle (Mickey Rourke), delving into his seemingly philanthropic plan to supply a whole new breed of laptops to school children throughout the United Kingdom. Alex's undercover investigation quickly reveals Sayle's true motive and, without any real support or protection from his MI6 supervisors Alan Blunt (Bill Nighy) or Mrs. Jones (Sophie Okonedo) or his quirky housekeeper Jack Starbright (Alicia Silverstone), Alex must somehow prevail against the dangerous Mr. Sayle to safeguard the lives of thousands of innocent people. Comparable to Spy Kids and a step above Agent Cody Banks, Alex Rider--Operation Stormbreaker is an intense, believable film that will captivate viewers ages 10 and older. Bonus features include featurettes focusing on making the book into a film with author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, the extensive stunt work performed, the logistics involved in shooting a horse chase through Hyde Park and Piccadilly, visual effects by Baseblack, casting Alex, and the choreography of martial arts master Donnie Yen. --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

  • "From Page to Screen"
  • "The Stunts"
  • "The Horse Chase"
  • "Creating the VFX for Sayle Tower"
  • "Casting Alex"
  • "Mastial Arts Master Donnie Yen"
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Alex Pettyfer, Mickey Rourke, Sophie Okonedo, Sarah Bolger, Robbie Coltrane
  • Directors: Geoffrey Sax
  • Writers: Anthony Horowitz
  • Producers: Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid, Anthony Horowitz, Hilary Dugdale, Jessica Parker
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on January 6, 2007
Format: DVD
I'm a fan of the Alex Rider novels, so I approached the DVD with some trepidation. I love the books. Can't wait for the next one. But the movie release never even came close to my city, which is the capital of the state. That concerned me.

Alex Rider is a 14-year-old spy that was trained by his Uncle Ian to be strong and independent. Perhaps not a spy. We never know for sure. But through the six books that have been published so far, we've gotten to know Alex quite well. He's not your average kid, but neither is he happy-go-lucky about being a spy. The movie depicts him, more or less, as that, though, and that's one of the parts where book fans will object.

What you see on the screen is very much a more light-hearted version of Alex Rider, bordering on slapstick comedy at times. Think of the original book series by author/creator Anthony Horowitz as Sean Connery's James Bond as opposed to Roger Moore's take on that character. Book Alex is more subdued, more desperate, and less sure of himself. But the curiosity and determination is the same.

Overall, the movie is an enjoyable experience. The action scenes are well choreographed (I loved the opening escape by Ian Rider and the later junkyard fight with the rope by Alex) and play big. Adrenaline and rock music kick in and propel the viewer through the film.

Mickey Rouke played the villain, and his portrayal was a little over the top and annoying at times. The makeup was way too heavy as well, even by kid standards. The Alan Blunt character was too thin as well. Blunt comes off much better in the novels.

OPERATION: STORMBREAKER will hopefully be the first of the Alex Rider franchise, though.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J.M. on January 2, 2007
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This is a fun, "mission impossible" style adventure film for kids. The action scenes are realistic, not the cartoon-type stuff you see in the Spy Kid movies. My kids were glued to the screen because of the non-stop suspense. The opening scene is very intense and incredibly well done and I believe sets the tone for the entire movie. A refreshing note to parents--there is little to no objectionable material in this movie. I noticed no bad language, no smoking or drug use, and no sexual content or innuendo. I also thought Ewan Mc Gregor brought nice credibility to this film. This was a great kickin' it movie for kids and teens. Well done.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Olly Buxton on June 18, 2006
Just when you thought the Bond genre had finally choked on its own self-awareness - assisted knowingly by Austin Powers, Johnny English and so forth - enter Geoffrey Sax and his film adaptation of Anthony Horowitz' Alex Rider character. I'm not sure Stormbreaker does enough by itself to save the day, but it lays a solid foundation for the inevitable sequels to build on, so we may not have heard the last of Alex Rider just yet.

Rider is a mature-looking (shades of "I say, George! You're remarkably well developed for a fourteen year-old!) but in truth somewhat dull and simpering teenager and so has no interest in Honey Rider, Allotta Fagyna and their ilk (Alicia Silverstone who, ten years ago, might have aspired to play this role, makes do as a big-sisterish au pair), but does quite quickly transform from sulky schoolboy ingenue (avec "issues") to lean mean butt-kicking machine (still avec "issues"), no sooner has evergreen comedy buzzard, Bill Nighy, arrived on the scene to flap eyebrows and tell him how. Perhaps in homage to Roger Moore, eyebrow flapping passes for comic (and/or dramatic) expression for a number of the lead characters in this film.

It's all pretty routine stuff, pretty well executed on the whole, with nice (but not overdone) use of CGI from time to time. By and large it zings along and importantly never takes itself too seriously: most of the support characters get plenty of comic opportunities (Nighy and Mickey Rourke milking theirs for all they're worth), but Alex Pettyfer as Rider himself gets none - there's none of the cheeky wisecracking hero here, which a lost opportunity to establish a natural successor to Bond.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 28, 2006
Look out 007! There's a new secret agent in town, and he's going to knock the socks off the girls who used to swoon over you (at least the teenaged ones.) In this action-packed teen adventure, unwilling secret agent Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) signs up with MI6 to spy on an eccentric eye-shadow wearing billionaire (Mickey Rourke) whose generous offer to equip all the schools in the UK with super-computers seems much too good to be true.

Alex has unknowingly been groomed to be an agent by his uncle (Ewan McGregor) and after all, there's no one better for the job than the man who was Obi Wan Kenobi. Soon, Alex is sent off to boot camp, prepped for his first mission and outfitted with an arsenal of cool gadgets and gizmos (but no real weaponry).

The stellar cast makes this movie seem a lot better than the plot indicates, with appearances by Bill Nighy as Alan Blunt of MI6; Sophie Okonedo as the Special Operations Division operative with the Bond-like name of Tulip Jones; Stephen Fry as the Q-like Smithers; Andy "Gollum" Serkis as Mr. Grin; and also Alicia Silverstone, Robbie Coltrane, Missi Pyle and Damien Lewis.

More gruesome than Spy Kids (people die in this movie, albeit off screen) and less risqué than Bond (no hanky-panky), this movie is great for teenaged audiences out for light entertainment and a little adventure.

Amanda Richards, November 28, 2006
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