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Stormbreaker

  • Family
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Geoffrey Sax
  • 89 mins
  • PG

Summary

Action adventure based on the first of the bestselling Alex Rider series of books, starring Alex Pettyfer. After his uncle is killed, teenager Alex discovers that he was a spy. He is recruited into the exciting and dangerous world of espionage, and sent to finish the mission that his uncle was on when he died.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This adaptation of the first book in Anthony Horowitz's bestselling Alex Rider series is a British action adventure with Hollywood-style bombast. Alex Pettyfer plays teenager Alex Rider who reluctantly turns superspy to avenge the murder of his uncle (Ewan McGregor). Pettyfer makes a suitably good-looking hero, although occasionally clamping his jaw doesn't really convey the bitter tragedy behind Rider's mission. Damian Lewis plays the assassin responsible for his woes, but, sadly, writer Anthony Horowitz (adapting his own novel) pushes him aside in favour of campy arch-villain Mickey Rourke, who has an obligatory Bond-style shark tank - except this one boasts a giant jellyfish. The film has its flaws, but thankfully director Geoffrey Sax ensures it's never dull. There are lots of audacious stunts featuring quirky gadgets, such as acne cream that eats through steel, and there are extra laughs courtesy of Bill Nighy as a deadpan MI6 official. It all adds up to bright and breezy family viewing.

Credits

Cast

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Alex RiderAlex Pettyfer
Ian RiderEwan McGregor
Darrius SayleMickey Rourke
Alan BluntBill Nighy
Mrs JonesSophie Okonedo
Jack StarbrightAlicia Silverstone
Nadia VoleMissi Pyle
Sabina PleasureSarah Bolger
Yassen GregorovichDamian Lewis
John CrawfordJimmy Carr
Prime MinisterRobbie Coltrane
Mr SmithersStephen Fry
Mr GrinAndy Serkis
WolfAshley Walters

Crew

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DirectorGeoffrey Sax

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2006-07-21
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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