Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

  • Review Date: May 21, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Teen spy hero makes leap from book to screen.
  • Review Date: May 21, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 93 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

A main character depends on violence to solve problems. The MI6 people aren't exactly warm and cuddly, and they force Alex into service. A character is senselessly killed.


Guns, shooting, fighting, and explosions throughout. A man with two guns (pointed into the camera) assassinates a character, although we don't see the impact. A character is killed for making a simple mistake. Many scenes of peril, including car and motorcycle chases, skydiving, and careening off buildings, although no blood is shown.


Mild flirting between teens.


A couple of "hecks."


Nintendo, BMW, Mini-Cooper, zit cream, a fountain pen that shoots sodium pentathol, reference to Hogwarts.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking among adult characters.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is fine for tweens overall (despite lots of violent material) and will appeal to kids who've read the popular book series it's based on. It's fairly tame when it comes to sex and language, but the violence is pretty intense for a PG-rated film. There are guns, shooting, and explosions throughout, as well as scenes of peril and action (involving airplanes, motorcycles, horses, cars, and boats). No blood is shown.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After his parents' tragic deaths, 14-year-old Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) ends up living in London with his banker uncle, Ian Rider (Ewan McGregor). When Ian is killed under mysterious circumstances, Alex learns he was a secret agent for MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, and he'd actually been craftily training his nephew to become a spy. The head of MI6's Special Operations Division, Alan Blunt (Bill Nighy) decides it's time Alex got into the spy business. Alex is reluctant, but acquiesces when he sees all the cool spy gadgets and learns that his nanny (Alicia Silverstone) will be deported if he doesn't cooperate. Soon, Alex is tailing Darrius Sayle (Mickey Rourke), a shady businessman with ties to several dangerous and hostile nations, and the creator of Stormbreaker, the most sophisticated computer system of the 21st century.

Is it any good?


If James Bond had taken up spying as a teen, his adventures probably would have looked a lot like this action-packed movie based on the popular Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz. There's plenty of action and violence, but no blood is shown, making this an acceptable film for tweens who aren't overly sensitive. The film should be especially appealing to kids who've read the popular book series it's based on.

As Alan Blunt, head of MI6's Special Operations Division, Bill Nighy is a scene-stealer, but Mickey Rourke gives a rather uninspiring turn as the bad guy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether a 14-year-old would really have the guts and gumption to be a spy. Why does he put himself in dangerous and life-threatening situations? Did he have any other options, or was he forced into being a spy? Parents can ask kids who've read the books to compare them to the big screen version -- which do they like better? Why? Who would they have cast in all of the roles?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 12, 2006
DVD release date:December 19, 2006
Cast:Alex Pettyfer, Alicia Silverstone, Ewan McGregor
Director:Geoffrey Sax
Studio:Weinstein Co.
Topics:Adventures, Book characters
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:sequences of action violence and some peril.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymoviereviewer April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


Although a good book it seems that Alex can get out of anything.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Stormbreaker is surprisingly taking the world by... um... storm! The gadgets are cool, with Nintendo's name stuck as one of the main features. Sure, kids can be a bit scared, but then again, anyone under 3rd Grade shouldn't even be watching the movie! If your tween-teen is not getting enough fun and action, see the movie.
Teen, 14 years old Written byHannah181822ab April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


This movie was amazing. I think it could hold just about anybody's interest. It is a great spy movie. Alex Rider is just this typical kid but MI6 wants him to work for him. They send him on this mission to find out the truth about the Stormbreaker computers. It was a great movie definatley worth seeing again and again!


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