`Stormbreaker' stumbles along as teen spy thriller

review D

October 13, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, the adventures of a teen superspy created by British novelist Anthony Horowitz, is about as clunky as a movie gets. It lurches from scene to scene with no sense of narrative grace, gives its roster of prominent actors nothing to work with and screeches to a halt with all the grace of a sprinter whose shoelaces have been tied together.

Alex Pettyfer, reportedly plucked from a gaggle of some 500 teen-heartthrob wannabes, plays Rider, a heretofore carefree high-schooler who's recruited into Britain's top-secret MI6 after the murder of his superspy uncle/guardian (Ewan McGregor, who displays more charisma during his brief time onscreen than the rest of the cast combined). Although young Alex never knew what his Uncle Ian did, it turns out Ian had been grooming Alex for years to follow him into the spy biz - mainly by teaching him martial arts and ensuring he knew how to drive a car (or ride a bicycle - whichever is handy) really, really fast.

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (The Weinstein Co.) Starring Alex Pettyfer, Alicia Silverstone, Ewan McGregor. Directed by Geoffrey Sax. Rated PG. Time 93 minutes.

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