Alex Rider thinks he is a normal school boy, until his uncle is killed. He discovers that his uncle was actually spy on a mission…
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 5.1/10 (11,565 voted)
Critic's Score: 42/100
Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Mickey Rourke, Sophie Okonedo
Alex Rider thinks he is a normal school boy, until his uncle is killed. He discovers that his uncle was actually spy on a mission, when he was killed. Alex is recruited by Alan Blunt to continue the mission. He is sent to Cornwall to investigate a new computer system, which Darrius Sayle has created. He plans to give the new computer systems to every school in the country, but Mr. Blunt has other ideas and Alex must find out what it is.
Writers: Anthony Horowitz, Anthony Horowitz
Rule the school. Save the world.
Release Date: 21 July 2006
Filming Locations: Broadgate, London, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: £1,244,892
(23 July 2006)
(12 November 2006)
Did You Know?
Fifteen-year-old Alex Pettyfer was chosen from five hundred other boys for the coveted lead role of Alex Rider.
In one scene in the toy store, the employee Alex goes to see has a crooked name tag but in the next cut, it's straight.
Mr. Grin, can you hear me?
Ok, Mr. Grin, I want you to take me to London as fast as you can!
[Mr. Grin turns the helicopter sharply]
Action packed fun for older children and adults
I was at the World premiere in London and I was apprehensive about
watching a film adaptation of a book as some of them work and others
don't. This one definitely does. From the first minutes of the film,
you know that you're in for a thrilling adventure. Alex Rider, played
superbly by Alex Pettyfer, is very believable as a school kid thrown
into the deep end by Bill Nighy who hams it up brilliantly as spymaster
Alan Blunt. Alex Rider is a deadly weapon on two legs as you'll see as
the film progresses. Marvellous Micky Rourke, plays the evil villain
who keeps a very unusual and deadly pet and looks as if he's just
stepped off the set of a Revlon ad (you'll see!!). There's lots of
action, some love interest, but that's not overplayed and although some
of the evil characters look as if they've been loaned out from Cirque
Du Soleil, including Micky Rourke, they play their parts as they should
be, comically but with a twist of evil thrown in. It all works very
well but Alex Pettyfer is a revelation. He plays the part coolly,
calmly and with a great deal of conviction. I think Sean Connery would
be proud of him. The film throws in a few James Bondesque clichés and
there is one scene in the film which will remind you of a particular
person from Goldfinger !! All in all highly enjoyable, my 11 year old
niece and 14 year old nephew and their friends really enjoyed it and I
think you will too.