By Ryan Parsons | Image property of The Weinstein Company.
Though I didn't expect much from upcoming Weinstein spy adventure, Stormbreaker, I am surprised to see the reviews as bad as they are.
One word -- ouch.
Both THR and Variety have posted their early reviews for Stormbreaker and both of them feel that the film has no depth, character or even originality.
The idea of a junior James Bond may work in Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider novels, but it hasn't translated well in the author's first screen adaptation, "Stormbreaker," a lame and disappointing affair directed by Geoffrey Sax. Just out in the U.K., the Weinstein Co. film is due Oct. 6 via MGM, and it's clearly intended as the first of a franchise run.
Devoid of the surrealistic magic and goofball frights that enliven the "Harry Potter" films, Alex Rider appears unlikely to be rewarded with a license to kill at the boxoffice.
A shake 'n' bake Brit teen-spy actioner, without a smidgeon of originality, humor or involving characterization, "Stormbreaker" is a high-profile bust. First pic in a hoped-for series based on the Alex Rider novels by Anthony Horowitz, this franchise doesn't look like it will even get to second base without a radical rethink. Opening July 21 in Blighty, amid much hoopla as a "homegrown" blockbuster, film pulled a disappointing $2.3 million from 370 screens the first weekend and looks to wilt fast once word gets out, even among Rider fans. Stateside, it's skedded for Oct. 6, via The Weinstein Co.
In our last report on the film I mentioned that it is hard to tell whether this film was going to be cool or just another teenie-bopper. It looks like Weinstein has chosen the latter.
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Stormbreaker comes to theatres on October 6th, 2006.