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What to know: A normal school boy is recruited to complete a secret spy mission after his uncle is killed.
Recommended age 8-12
93 minutes
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A very good action packed film that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Fourteen-year-old, Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) feels as though he is a typical school kid. This is until his Uncle, Ian Rider (Ewan McGregor) is killed. Then he finds out differently about his entire childhood. Alex gets suspicious of his Uncle's death and discovers that his Uncle is actually a spy on a mission, instead of a dull bank manager. Alex is told by Alan Blunt (Bill Nighy,) MI6 agent, that he is to follow in his Uncle's footsteps and continue on with the mission. He is sent to Cornwell to investigate a new computer system, which Darrius Sayle (Mickey Rourke) has created. This new computer system will be used by every school in Britain. But something just isn't right about Darrius and his computer system. I love this, mainly because it is a spy film with school age kids in it. There is a lot of action and it will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next. The background music is very up-beat and fun to listen to. It fits perfectly with each scene it is playing the background for. There is not one dull moment in this film where you are bored. My favorite part is when Alex gets his gadgets. They are really cool and I have not seen them in other spy films. I always like seeing new gadgets. Geoffrey Sax (Christopher and His Kind, Frankie & Alice) does an amazing job directing this action-filled film. It also stars Sophie Okonedo (Mrs. Jones), Missi Pyle (Nadia Vole), and Andy Serkis (Mr. Grin). One message I found in this film is do not judge people. Early in the film Alex thinks that his uncle doesn't really care about him because he is never around. The only reason his Uncle is never around is because he is a spy and he could not tell Alex. So please do not judge people. You may not know the real reason they do what they do. I recommend Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker for ages 6 to 15. It is also a great family film and good for older ages too. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it has great action, a good plot, no dull moments and the background music is very exciting. Your mission is to check out Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker. It is playing all month on HDNet - kidScene. Brianna Beaton, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Are you looking for an adventure? Well then you will love this film. This film stars Alex Pettyfer as Alex Rider, Ewan McGregor as Ian Rider (Alex's uncle), Alicia Silverstone as Jack Starbright, among others. An orphan boy named Alex Rider lives with his Uncle Ian and his housekeeper/nanny Jack. When his uncle suddenly dies, Alex learns that his uncle wasn't a bank manager, but a real life spy. And now, the people that his uncle worked for call on Alex to finish the mission his uncle started. Follow Alex on this great adventure and see if he can complete his uncle's mission and save the children of Britain. My favorite characters were Alex and his nanny, Jack. I like Alex because he is so awesome and amazing how he defends himself with a rope by continually swinging it with a special technique. Also, his martial arts skills are really awesome. I also like Jack because she is really funny, but she also is able to defend herself, especially when the villainous Nadia Vole (Missi Pyle), shows up at their house and fights with Jack. The two fight all through the house using different objects to attack each other. Finally, just when it looks like Jack is cornered, she stops Nadia by throwing a wooden puffer fish at her. I think it is an absolutely hilarious scene. The stunt work on the fight scenes was really well done and very entertaining. The music in this film was really great and added some great emphasis to the scenes. Overall, I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars because it was a really good movie and I thought they did a really good job. I think this movie is for ages 7 to 15, because while it is good movie, older kids will find this movie just a little boring and some of the younger kids will find this movie to be a little bit frightening. Look for this film on HDNet Movies kidsScene all month. Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. The Stormbreaker is a computer that will be given out for free to schools all over England. It is an interactive learning system. My favorite part in the movie was when Alex looked up dinosaurs and he actually got to see them and walk in the jungle with them. Alex got to go to outer space. Everyone wants the new computer system because it is so cool. Stormbreaker is infected with a virus that kills people. The evil villain has a grudge from when he was young. He wants to get back at the people who bullied him. Alex is a normal High School student who is living with his nanny and uncle because his parents are dead. His whole life changes when he loses another family member. He then finds his real purpose in life and is drafted into the English Secret Service, who hires him to find his Uncle's killer and find out what the evil villain is up to. Fully equipped with the latest gadgets, including a DS, a special pen and a jet pack, which are all very effective on his mission. I give it 4 twinkling stars and recommend it for ages 7 and up. Playing all month long on HDNet - kidScene. Morgan Bertsch, age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
HDNet re-release. Originally released in 2006.
A normal school boy is recruited to complete a secret spy mission after his uncle is killed.
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