Director: Rob Cohen
Starring: Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie
Foxx, Sam Shepard, Joe Morton, Richard Roxburgh
RunTime: 2 hrs
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Rating: PG (Clean)
Official Sony Pictures/Stealth Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/stealth/index.html
Day: 28 July 2005 (With Sneaks after 4pm on 27 July)
In director Rob Cohen’s exciting action adventure, Stealth,
U.S. Navy pilots BEN GANNON (Josh Lucas), KARA WADE (Jessica
Biel) and HENRY PURCELL (Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx) are
part of a close-knit elite division of test pilots flying
highly classified stealth fighter jets, referred to only as
the best of the best and they know it.
their commanding officer CPT. GEORGE CUMMINGS (Sam Shepard)
introduces the team to their new wingman — an artificial
intelligence-based UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle),
Ben is hesitant about taking “the human pilot out of
the equation of war,” Cummings orders the team to execute
their first real mission alongside “EDI.” To their
amazement, “EDI” proves to be a cracker-jack wingman
and they successfully eliminate their target. But on the return
trip to their base aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. CARL
VINSON, “EDI” is struck by lightning. The drone’s
brain expands in ways its creators could never have predicted.
Despite Ben and Henry’s reservations, Cummings declares
“EDI” ready to rejoin the team in the air.
their next mission against a nuclear-armed warlord in a remote
Chinese province, “EDI’s” seriously compromised
circuitry problems only get worse. Ben decides that the risks
of the attack far outweigh the benefits to himself, Henry
and Kara, for whom he has developed a romantic attraction.
When he aborts the mission, “EDI” goes against
orders and executes the hit anyway.
danger escalates when “EDI” decides to execute
a top-secret mission that, if successful, could spiral into
worldwide nuclear Armageddon. And only Ben can prevent it.
Rob Cohen of the “Fast and Furious” and “XXX2”
fame on the director’s chair, this is expectedly a plotless,
excuse brain but action aplenty movie.
those action hungry fans would be in awe by the pyrotechnic-polluted
opening of three F-117 look-alike speed monsters in a simulated
live firing exercise. These machines are not anything off
the pages of the Jane’s book of aircrafts. They are
in fact the US design “Talon”, a swing-wing, and
hypersonic bombers yet to be in the production stage. As the
movie goes along, a more science-advance fighter - the Unmanned
Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV), known in short as EDI (Extreme
Deep Invader) was introduced.
in most Rob Cohen’s movies, the visual effects are always
top notch. This time, in order to flawlessly present the Talons
and EDI at beyond sound speed, the latest computer technology
called Tergen (Terain Generators) was deployed. With Tergen,
the flight of the Talon and EDI looks more realistic even
if the scenes were over complicated terrains. The end results
were a stupefying aerobatic display of dogfights and bomb-drops.
Watch out also for an intense sequence where Jessica Biel
ejected below the exploded aircraft, as well as the seat-gripping
scenes where Talon and EDI work together to fend off the Russian
much concentration was spent on maneuvering the aircrafts
that the performances of the protagonists were much neglected.
Having fresh Oscar winner for best actor Jamie Foxx onboard
does little to outcast the machines. Josh Lucas (The Hulk)
and Jessica Biel (Blade Trinity) were also not given much
space to present any unforgettable performances. As a result,
the aero fighters were so dominating that you felt the pinch,
for the loss of the aircraft rather than for the life of the
pilot in it, as the aircraft exploded.
terms of plot, the machines rules once again as the romance
bits between Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas) and Kara Wade (Jessica
Biel) in the midst of all the adrenalin seriously hinders
the movie. Although most boys would welcome the scene of “Cup
C” Jessica Biel in her bathing suit, it is still the
body of Talon and EDI that most audience are dying for. When
the finale of “Leaving no men behind” took center
stage, one further question the purpose of this romance between
there is nothing to shout about the plot and acting, the underlying
morale of the story is still worth pondering. While many may
have expected the movie to be another copy of “Terminator”
or “A.I”, Stealth offers more than that.
a human pilot with soulless artificial intelligence is a well
intention in protecting a life. However, humane judgments
and code of ethic are things that could not be programmed.
Hence, there exist a potential danger of relying on artificial
intelligence in warfare. Nevertheless, machines are always
double–edged swords and its fullest potential depends
very much on the mind that operates it.
gradual friendship develops between machines and human in
the movie is a refreshing surprise to support the theory that
both still needs to depend on each other in order to succeed.
Overall, Stealth is definitely a movie for all-boys and all-soldiers.
Where most female audience in the theatre is restlessly peeping
at their watch, men would be riveted with the movie’s
sophisticated machines, fanciful military call signs and army
languages throughout. The women don’t get it.
(This is the fastest and most furious mach speed aerobatic
Review by Leosen Teo
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