Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (2006)

Rated: PG Grade: CACD=C

This movie was directed by Geoffrey Sax, whose main prior work has been TV movies, which should really surprise no one who saw this. If you’ve seen Agent Cody Banks, you already know the plot. Bad guy, somewhere between Dr. Evil and a real villain, can only be stopped by a teenager who didn’t know his CIA agent uncle had been secretly training him for spy work. The movie is silly and ridiculous but fairly harmless. At least it’s clean, which is nice. But the real error here is they couldn’t decide whether to make a Bond movie for the youth or Austin Powers 8: The Teen Years. And their indecision shows, in spite of or perhaps because of some very unimpressive performances by really good actors like Mickey Rourke, Ewan MacGregor, and Bill Nighy. If you’d let them eat cotton candy, you might let them watch Alex Rider: Stormbreaker. But be sure to brush afterwards.

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