Reviewed bylyndon_grayVote: 9/10
I was at the World premiere in London and I was apprehensive about watching a film adaptation of a book as some of them work and others don't. This one definitely does. From the first minutes of the film, you know that you're in for a thrilling adventure. Alex Rider, played superbly by Alex Pettyfer, is very believable as a school kid thrown into the deep end by Bill Nighy who hams it up brilliantly as spymaster Alan Blunt. Alex Rider is a deadly weapon on two legs as you'll see as the film progresses. Marvellous Micky Rourke, plays the evil villain who keeps a very unusual and deadly pet and looks as if he's just stepped off the set of a Revlon ad (you'll see!!). There's lots of action, some love interest, but that's not overplayed and although some of the evil characters look as if they've been loaned out from Cirque Du Soleil, including Micky Rourke, they play their parts as they should be, comically but with a twist of evil thrown in. It all works very well but Alex Pettyfer is a revelation. He plays the part coolly, calmly and with a great deal of conviction. I think Sean Connery would be proud of him. The film throws in a few James Bondesque cliches and there is one scene in the film which will remind you of a particular person from Goldfinger !! All in all highly enjoyable, my 11 year old niece and 14 year old nephew and their friends really enjoyed it and I think you will too.
Reviewed byTheLittleSongbirdVote: 6/10/10
Stormbreaker was a decent film; this is an opinion coming from someonewho has little knowledge of the books. It isn't as innovative as SpyKids, but it is decent. The special effects and the action are aboveaverage, the performances from Mickey Rourke, Ewan McGregor and BillNighy are great and Alex Petyfer is an appealing enough lead, thesoundtrack is nice and the film goes along at a fast pace. However thestoryline is very predictable and sometimes ludicrous, the script is abit weak in places, I found Alicia Silverstone surprisingly irritatinghere and the cameos from Stephen Fry and Robbie Coltrane are too briefto allow them to shine properly.
Still, it is a fun and mildly enjoyable flick. 6/10 Bethany Cox
Reviewed bystudioATVote: 6/10/10
The Alex Rider books have been very successful so therefore it is ashame that they couldn't have been converted into a franchise. All thesigns are there in this film that the production company wanted it tobe one but sadly box office takings meant that dream faded fast. As astand alone film Stormbreaker is good but fans of the books will knowthere was so much more we could have seen in later films had they beenmade.
Spy Kids and Agent Cody Banks set the bar for young spy films very highand despite some big name British actors jumping to appear on screenthis film was not a hit. Everyone tries hard but there obviously wassomething missing.
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.