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:: Stormbreaker

“Stormbreaker” is the big screen adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider novels. The film is action packed with high speed car chases, big names and booming music. ‘Stormbreaker’ has a lot to live up too and, in the world of kids movies these days, it is a lot to ask.

The film is headed with names such as Alicia Silverstone (Jack), Ewan McGregor (Ian Rider) and Mickey Rourke (Darrius Sayle). In the genre of spy movies for children however, it needs a lot more than that to cut it.

Alex Rider a 14-year-old orphaned boy, is astounded to learn that his recently deceased uncle was a top secret spy for the intelligence service Mi6, who trained Alex from a young age to follow in his footsteps. Mr Blunt (Bill Nighy) offers Alex a place in the service. With a background of martial arts, mountaineering and scuba diving, he is still reluctant to enter this dangerous world. After he is threatened that his beloved American nanny (Silverstone) may be deported from the country, he quickly changes his mind. Alex is thrown into training and armed with some extraordinary gadgets to help him on his mission. The young Bond must go undercover as the winner of a computer competition to investigate the goings on behind millionaire Darrius Sayle’s newest invention ‘The Stormbreaker’, which he is donating to every school in Britain. As Alex investigates and meets some very sinister characters along the way, he begins to realise that Sayle really is the slimy person he makes out to be. Even worse, the fate of every school kid in Britain is in Alex’s hands. The question is, can Alex save the day?

‘Stormbreaker’ is a fast and intense film. Slowing down for nothing, it is tech-loaded, loud and full of excitement. There is almost too much going on and it is hard to appreciate the clever characterisation and subtle humour that is Mr Blunt, Nadia Vole and Darrius Sayle. ‘Stormbreaker’ borders too much on the brink of a childs and adults world. Brimming with violence, the charming Alex doesn’t seem to care that he might die any second now. The tagline is definitely stays true to the plot of the film, “You’re never too young too die”. Apart from this, 14 year-old-boys will probably really appreciate Alex Rider’s fast paced and dangerous secret life. He is a boy in a man’s world, which is perhaps every teenage boy’s fantasy. ‘Stormbreaker’ although over-the-top with action, will appeal to a younger audience, who dream of driving fast cars and saving the world.