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(2006), PG [Hard PG*] (1hr 26min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production: Samuelson Productions, Isle of Man Film Ltd., Weinstein Company, The, Isle of Man Film Commission, VIP 4 Medienfonds, Moving Picture Company, The (MPC), Rising Star Entertainment
Distribution (US): The Weinstein Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Director(s): Geoffrey Sax
Producer(s): Steve Christian, Hilary Dugdale, Nigel Green, Andreas Grosch, Anthony Horowitz, Jessica Parker, Marc Samuelson, Peter Samuelson, Andreas Schmid, Kevan Van Thompson
Written by (novel and screenplay): Anthony Horowitz
Cinematography/Camera: Chris Seager
Music: Alan Parker
Film Editing: Andrew MacRitchie
Casting: Sarah Bird
Production Design: Ricky Eyres
Art Direction: John Fenner, Alan Gilmore
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz - Agent Cody Banks, Agent Cody Banks 2) has competition in Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer). Both are conscripted into action-filled, potentially devastating espionage and both are adolescents. While Pettyfer is a little less talented than Muniz, Pettyfer has a better attitude than Muniz ... doesn't have as much of the fed-up, "It ain't good enough no mater what 'it' is" and deceitful attitude against his parents, especially since Alex has none in Stormbreaker. All Alex has is his always-absent guardian and provider uncle Ian (Ewan McGregor) and his housekeeper/nanny, Jack Starbright (Alicia Silverstone). Jack!? Go figure.
Secret Service agents Alan Blunt (Bill Nighy) and Mrs. Jones ... just "Mrs. Jones" (Sophie Okonedo) pull on Alex's 14 year old sense of duty, patriotism and teenage immunity to draw him into dangerous spy work, just like his uncle. But wait! Uncle Ian a spy? Alex had no idea he was. Ian was enough of a spy that, after a number of attempts on his life and after snuffing out a couple lives with rockets, a bad guy hangs upside down on a rope from a helicopter to kill him. Eventually many things that happened to Alex in his short life begin to come together to make a bigger picture -- he was being groomed by Uncle Ian to join in the spy world when he was old enough. I guess 14 is old enough. At least to Blunt and Jones and at least in the movies.
An evil and most dastardly plan is about to hatch. Darrius Sayle (Mickey Rourke), an old school mate of and subject of adolescent torment by the now Prime Minister (Robbie Coltrane) and others, has invented a new and revolutionary computer that promises to be the computer to end all computers -- the Stormbreaker. A contest is launched to find the best computer nerd to challenge the Stormbreaker. Once one is found Alex takes over his identity to infiltrate the Sayle network. That was a major feat in and of itself since Alex knows nothing about computers and has two weeks to learn as much as the nerd.
Along with cohort in crime Nadia Vole (Missi Pyle), Sayle woos and pampers Alex as he tests the Stormbreaker that indeed does promise to be revolutionary. So revolutionary that Sayle placed a computer in all elementary classrooms (much like a Presidential candidate wanted to do but for a different reason -- maybe?). But little did Alex and the Secret Service know until almost too late the Stormbreaker has been placed in the schools for a vile purpose that will change the life of every student.
The activation of the Stormbreaker computers is to be done simultaneously in every classroom. System-wide activation of the computers is to be accomplished by a special single button that activates the all the computers everywhere. In this case, the Prime Minister is chosen to press the celebratory button. Why would Sayle want to distribute computers to all the elementary schools? Let me just say he was seeking revenge against those who tormented him during his elementary school years by assaulting the progeny of they who tormented him; they who had nothing to do with his misery gone by. History repeats itself.
Except for the content revealed by the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation areas, content was found to be equivalent to G-rated films in the comparative baseline database. But the content in those two areas blows this film out of the water.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Unfortunately, Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker is definitely R-equivalent in content revealed by the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area, thus the reason for the red CAPCon Alert light. Double killing by rocket. Gunfire to kill, repeatedly. Firearm threat to the face. Death by a stinging animal. Attempted murder of a child. Attempted mass murder of children. More.
The American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Pediatrics have jointly found:
The report goes on to say:
It seems the health professionals are becoming more and more in agreement with God's Word. [Prov. 16:29, 1 Cor. 15:33]
Not one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary was noted. Issues of hatred were submerged in acts of violence so demonstrations of hatred were incorporated along with the violence in Wanton Violence/Crime. Duplicate incorporation of a behavior into two or more investigations areas is not permitted by the CAP analysis model.
Sexual Immorality (S)
I read a secular review of this film that was written to inform or parents that said "...no sexual content -- as this junior Bond isn't even provided with a love interest." No sexual content!? I wonder whose standards the writer used to say "no sexual content?" In one scene Alex and his teen heartthrob (love interest?) dressed in tight-fitting clothing ride on a horse to escape their would-be captors. She is in the saddle with he behind her and his arms around her just under -- and sometimes touching -- her clothed breasts as she and he bounce, sometimes with his right thumb touching her left breast. Inappropriate touch of gender-specific body parts is not "sexual?" [Mark 7:21] Don't be fooled by seemingly innocent choreography such as this [2 Tim. 2:16, Col. 2:8]. Filmmakers know exactly what goes on in every single frame. And Pettyfer knew what he was doing. So did the girl. And what about the innuendo, the "gay" reference, the use of a woman as a toy/ornament, the dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, etc?
Stormbreaker is clearly equivalent in "sexual content" to some PG-13 films, not in boldness or extremeness of any specific example of sexually immoral behavior but in the number of examples. See CAP Rule of 1000 for more information on this relatively new Hollywood device. [Ps. 12:8, Jude 1:4]
The only matters of alcohol, illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs noted by this investigation area are the appearance of an alcoholic beverage and a cigar. There is no drinking and I don't think the cigar is lit but there are booze and a smoking item at any rate. [Rom. 5:19]
Offense to God (O)
The only instance found in this investigation area is the matter of Sayle trying to get revenge. [Rom. 12:19] God's name was not noted as being used even once whether with or without the four letter expletive. No witchcraft, sorcery, demonism, cultism, occultism or other unholy presences were noted either.
There are two murders in Stormbreaker. Both by gunfire. One rather graphic CGI portrayal with bullets slo-mo through the air at the camera plus one very callous murder of someone for fumbling the operation of a forklift. [Rev. 22:15]
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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