In the near future, the Navy develops a fighter jet piloted by an artificial intelligence computer. The jet is placed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to learn combat manuevers from the human pilots aboard. But when the computer develops a mind of its own, its the humans who are charged with stopping it before it incites a war...
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EXCELLENT MOVIE LOTS OF ACTION AND ADVENTURE AND SOME ROMANCE TOO HAVE WATCHED IT OVER AND OVER
This is a film set in the near-future. Revolving around three pilots ofa state of the art warplane. Lt's Gannon (Josh Lucas), Wade (JessicaBiel) and Purcell (Jaimie Foxx) are the best-of-the best at what theydo. And are a little put out when informed they're receiving a newmember to their squad. But not as much as when they discover it's aprototype unmanned airplane that is capable of doing things they can'timagine, like learn from their every move. And after a lightningstrikes Tin Man (as his wingmen designate "him") in very Short Circuitfashion Tin Man begins to believe he is above all orders. He thenproceeds to wipe several targets off the map. Even one in the heart ofRussia, threatening to start WWIII. It's now up to our heroes to bringhim down without dying themselves. This movie wasn't exactly original,and in by no means a feat of CGI. But it did have some good points init. Mainly being the AWESOME soundtrack featuring Incubus and GavinRossdale's Institute,beautiful scenery and plenty of eye candy for bothgenders. Which, seeing Jessica Biel in a bikini, makes this filmdefinitely worth checking out.
Yeah, Stealth isn't really a great movie. But it's a fun movie. Thedialogue won't win a Screenplay Oscar, but if you paid to go see amovie about big, bad fighter jets, is that what you're looking for?Lucas, Biel, and Foxx are all solid in the leads as the U.S. Navy's topfighter pilots. Biel delivers her lines with a little acid, but she'sgirly at the same time. Lucas plays a hot-shot, but not an obnoxiousone like Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Foxx has a nice scene in Thailand whenhe talks about his feelings on being a pilot. The trailer for thismovie focuses a lot on EDI, the computer plane. The director pulled anI, Robot with EDI, if you know what I mean. Looking at the movie as awhole, it isn't just about jets and EDI and the "threat" of AI. It'sabout the morality of war, "acceptable risk," and the infallibility ofthe best. Unlike other action movies, these heroes don't come outunscathed or make miraculous comebacks. It's fun and loud with briefmoments of illumination.
I bought this on DVD as a whim, not really expecting too much out of it- this type of film I don't often watch. BUT, I found it surprisinglygripping and the film kept me on the edge of my seat metaphoricallyuntil the end sequences.The plot isn't deep and nothing we haven't seen before in one way oranother, but it is still great fun! The acting was extremely good fromall the leads and there wasn't too much gooey stuff in it, thankgoodness. Josh Lucas is always worth a watch, in my opinion - he wasbrilliant in Sweet Home Alabama, for instance. Sam Shepard was prettygood as the tough-nose military man in charge and Jamie Foxx's quipswere a laugh, too. Jesicca Biel I'll leave for the men to describe,LOL! What really blew me away were the Special effects - they werebrilliant! That's why I've given a rating of ten to this film. I lovedthe action sequences and the effects generated so much I watched thefilm twice! EDI was really cool and I loved the Talons, too. Great! So, to sum up, not the best or most original plot line ever conceived,but moves and flows very well. Effects are spectacular and good allround action takes place from start to finish. Acting was good, too -good choices for the parts played! I'll certainly be watching it again.
Well my subtitle tells the tale: Not a bad effort apart from thestereotypical Hollywood hype:I was expecting more of the first 30minutes of celluloid, but unfortunately it turns into artistic licenced"drivel": The cast, well apart from Foxx and Biel, it is possibly theworst casting decisions I've seen in 10 years: Where do they get thesepeople from? I am an aviation buff, but some of the scenes and storiesin this screen tale, where way off the mark. Anway the special effectswere good, but I could not help falling asleep, once the UCAV startedbehaving itself: Never mind! a good re-launch vehicle, for all thosetired has been actors, who got a part. As for the new kids on theblock, lucky you! I would not have picked you: Job not well done Sir!Sorry!!!
Watching Stealth, you can't help but wonder why the filmmakers didn't save themselves (and Sony Pictures) a lot of time and money and just make a video game instead of a movie.
In the near future, the Navy develops a fighter jet piloted by anartificial intelligence computer. The jet is placed on an aircraftcarrier in the Pacific to learn combat maneuvers from the human pilotsaboard. But when the computer develops a mind of its own, it's thehumans who are charged with stopping it before it incites a war...This film's name is Stealth (meaning sneaky in action) which is aparadox because this film is loud with huge explosions and gun shots,basically everything opposite to the word "stealth".I've been criticized for liking "bad" movies. The reason I like TheIsland, Poseidon, and The Day After Tomorrow so much is because theyare all a first-rate, heart pumping, high adrenaline popcorn films.This is another popcorn movie that I liked. A flaw in the film is thatit's overly long. A one hour and thirty minute film could help it.This is what you would like in an action film. It's filled with greataction sequences and fantastic special effects and characterdevelopment, which makes you care for the characters. The acting by thetrio (Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, and Jamie Foxx) were all mediocre.If you just like to have a good time watching an entertaining movie,ignoring all the flaws, and some wacky camera movements and someoriginal action sequences, you'll like this movie. I don't agree withcritics hating this movie and the few people watching this film to makeit bomb in the box office because I liked it.
This is one of those movies which is visually slick and has great special effects - but lacks any real heart or chemistry with its actors. Its obviously had a lot of money spent on the movie and the sets and technology looks really good. However, in some ways it tries to pack too much in and there's so much emphasis on the technology that the people in the story come off second best - they are all too good at what they do and too unbelievably pretty to be real.If you are after a popcorn movie and love fast planes and good special effects then this is for you - but for movies about prototype machines which go bad other vintage movies like BLUE THUNDER have done the same thing better.
Stealth is devoid of higher thinking (or maybe any thinking at all).However it has couple of good things going for it:1. Special effects are well-used. the planes and missiles andexplosions rock. the dog fights do not rely on editing but are given agood effort.2. Yes the premise is dumb - we assume correctly it would not besupported by thoughtful investigation into the mechanics behind theartificial pilot. However, the movie recognizes this fact and does notpretend to have given the matter much thought. It is straight andhonest, though still mindless. But hey, that's alright sometimes.3. The story is simple, but not linear - and that counts for a lot in amovie of this type, because it is unexpected and not required. Stealthhas moments where it feels like an epic, albeit a mind-free one.4. Have you noticed that it's often better to imply a romanticsentiment between the main characters rather than slamming it in yourface, especially in an action movie which has precious little time todevelop the relationship to begin with? You haven't? Uh that's notgood... Anyway, Stealth doesn't kid us with a hasty obligatory romancebut gives its characters some room to maneuver between inter-pilot andinter-personal relationships. What was the last summer popcorn movieyou can remember that similarly uh, respected our intelligence? I amgiving Stealth a lot of credit here. Let's just say if it insulted myintelligence, I was happy to let it slide this time because I washaving a good time.5. Ultimately Stealth is entertaining from beginning to end. It"respects" our intelligence by not appearing to be smarter than dumb.Stupid is less stupid when it doesn't pretend.I hope you give this movie a chance, and notice how it differs in theformula and execution from what you may have anticipated and from othermindless summer blockbusters.Thanks.
I enjoyed watching this movie because it has revealed my pyschicabilities as I was able to predict everything in it. The stupendousattempts at character development left my sitting on the edge of myseat with my jaw open, unable to move as a result of the overwhelmingemotions that were flooding my mind. The brilliance of the specialeffects left me unable to breathe. The plot had depth comparable tothat of Shakespeare's. But honestly, if I had to name one aspect ofthis film that stood out the most it was that it was 2 hours and 45minutes too long. This film will endure the ages as the greatest filmever made. I have thus awarded it with a gold star for excellence.
I can't believe that the average rating is below 5. The flight-scenesare really breathtaking. Think a lot of people are spoiled with themillion dollar budget films. So please, I say PLEASE be honest anddon't act like a little child. The story is average ... but what'swrong with that. There is even a nice change at the end of the movie.Going to Alaska so the pilot can be killed. That was really a surprise.So what's wrong with this movie. NOTHING AT ALL !!! Just look at theshadows of the planes... they are really good. The acting on the shipsare not bad at all ! The movie "runs" good and the characters are doingwell. Only the Soviet and n.Korea shoot-outs are average...thesestories could have been more detailed But that's the only "minor" partI found.If you want an above average movie than I would recommend this one. Andpeople.... a comment below 5 ???? Give me a break !
Don't be fooled by the first half an hour of the movie. You would thinkthat the movie is over-rated with the super stunts and super show offthat the characters show.However, the movie gets more interesting at later stages of the movie.I haven't such a good "fly planes action" movie since "Top Gun".The story revolves around 3 excellent pilots taking secret missions tofight terrorists around the world. The new catch is that they are beingaccompanied by a 4th pilot nicknamed as "Eddie". And as Lt. HenryPurcell (Jamie Foxx) says: "4 is not lucky...because it isn't a primenumber" ;).What mostly thrilled me about the movie is the role of robots andcomputer brain. It isn't like "I, robot" or "AI" or any anti-robotmovies in the sense that it shows the negative consequences of aself-conscious robot. On the contrary, this movie shows the two facesof Technology. The face of harmful effects as well as the face of beingsupportive and of assistance in serving humanity.The plot, and the story may not be that great but surely the specialeffects, production, directing of the movie made me regret watching itin DVD rather than in cinema. If you haven't watched in the Cinema yet,then make sure before getting it on DVD to have a 5.1 surround systemand at least a 30 inch TV to guarantee maximum seat-to-edge thrill andto completely enjoy it.7/10
Don't listen to the negative people, this film is very good.It is about a squadron how like to have 3 members as 3 is a primenumber, which the squadron considers lucky. When a fourth member (anAI) joins the squadron they are not happy about it.However they learn to fly along side this AI (callsign-"Tin Man") buttrouble begins when the squadron leader abandons a mission to destroyScud warheads at a fort in Tajikistan but the radioactive dust from theexplosion would be blown in Pakistan, causing civilian illness anddeaths. But Tin Man attacks anyway and goes rogue.They then embark on a mission to talk down Tin Man.
Run of the mill summer movie. Action, flesh, and romance in a summermovie. The staple of any summer movie. Stealth has Biel and Lucas asleads, and both actors perform well considering the material given.Foxx why did you take that role? I hope Foxx's answer is money. Whatworked is the plane look real, and I could see pilot-less planes oneday. What did not work. Why would a computer download music? Answer forthe movie soundtrack, in order to sell CD's. Why did the computer gohaywire? The question should have been answered. I like the Alaska andNorth Korea bit, but a little too Ramboish. 6 out of 10. It is an okaymovie, save it for a rental on a rainy night.
(Synopsis) U.S. Navy pilots Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas), Henry Purcell(Jamie Foxx), and Kara Wade (Jessica Biel) are the best of the best.Captain George Cummings (Sam Shepard) chose them out of 400 pilots tofly the next generation of stealth fighter jets called Talons. Aftertheir flight training in the Talons, they have become a cohesive unitand a highly efficient fighting team. Captain Cummings adds a new"wingman" to the team, an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) that isbeing flown by "EDI", a computer with an artificial intelligence brainmounted in a ball inside the cockpit. On their first mission, "EDI"begins to learn the skills and attitudes of the other pilots, andquickly understands that he can fly the plane better and faster thanmen. "EDI" has the capability to process data faster, and under extremespeeds will not blackout. Returning to the aircraft carrier, "EDI" isstruck by lightning, which begins to change the computer's circuits."EDI" begins to think for itself, and assigns himself a mission to takeout a radical element in China. "EDI" cuts his link with the flightcontroller on the carrier, and he will not take a direct order fromBen. Ben, Henry, and Kara must stop "EDI" before he starts World WarIII.(Comment) The warplanes and explosion scenes were spectacular. Themovie is a cross of "Top Gun" and the voice of Hal from "2001". Iactually had a good time watching it even though the storyline was alittle lame. You would think that a billion dollar plane would bedesigned to handle a lighting strike. The special effects wereimpressive and funny, and the dogfight scenes were outstanding. Thewriters made the plane the star of this movie, by spending too muchtime in the air. A better story would have had more interaction withthe three pilots. (Columbia Pictures, Rated PG-13) (6/10)
A quick fading burst of sound and movement, flashy and brash no doubttargeted at 12-28 year old action junkies.It's full of clichÃ©s and is made using the Bruckheimer formula whichhas gotten old with this viewer. It's very predictable and while thisisn't necessarily a bad thing, the movie doesn't have anything else tomake up for it. The writing, directing and acting are journey-man atbest and thus the movie relies solely on you loving the actionsequences and special effects to get you in.While many will like it, I personally thought it was utter, utterrubbish.
W.D. Richter had not had a screenplay filmed since "Home for the Holiday" in 1995, so I wonder if most of those ten years were spent throwing more and more things into the mix for "Stealth." The movie starts off with by taking "Top Gun," making the girl a pilot too, and then throwing in a crazy computer in the tradition of HAL from "2001." But then we get a "Behind the Enemy Lines" subplot, a crazed commander in the mold of General Jack R. Ripper from "Dr. Strangelove," and a nefarious government plot from the movie of your choice. However, in the end the movie "Stealth" really reminded me of was, believe it or not, "Jeepers Creepers 2," for the simple reason that was the last time I reviewed a movie by counting all of the stupid things in it. "Stealth" is the story of three Navy pilots flying state of the art experimental Talon fighters whose squadron is joined by an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) who goes rogue and bad things happen. Unfortunately: (1) If a movie is called "Stealth" I think stealth capabilities should come into play at some point in the film instead of simply having a point where the capabilities are lost; (2) I have been within 100 feet of a stealth fighter and am familiar with the importance of the angular designs for deflecting radar singles and these stealth fighters must evade radar by flying really really fast; (3) If there are only three Talon fighter planes in the U.S. Navy the people flying them would be ranked higher than Lieutenant, which is only 0-3. I think they should at least be Lieutenant Commanders and whatever their rank the leader should be a rank up; and (4) If there is a reason the Navy has the only three Talons I would like to know what it is.(5) When Lt. Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas) decides to violate a direct command his career should be over, especially given he is flying (all together now) one of only three Talons on the face of the planet. Although I have to admit that I liked the fact the UCAV "learns" not to obey orders from Gannon; (6) Gannon has a moral objection to the UCAV because it makes war a video game, which is a moot point after Desert Storm. Plus, I do not see him arguing against Cruise missiles and all of the points are mute as long as a human being is telling the computer what to do. More importantly, since the UCAV can take off and land vertically like a Harrier, Gannon's main complaint is that the Talons should be able to do that as well; (7) I suppose it is nice to know that pilots are concerned with collateral damage when they are seconds away from launching missiles, but there they go questioning orders again; and (8) even if for the sake of argument we agree that a pair of super competitive fighter pilots would fall in love would they really want to go on combat missions together? Traditionally soldiers like to leave their loved ones behind so they know they are safe and not have them on their wing.(9) It is good to know that several hundred years after Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" a lightning strike can still bring things to life, but if a computer starts writing its own code I would think that is a good time to study it instead of send it on missions; (10) It sure looks cool that an aircraft can stop and turn in midair on a dime, but forgive me if I point out that is impossible; (11) Having the UCAV run out of fuel is a logical problem to overcome, but that is the biggest rabbit I have ever seen a movie script pull out of a hat. I have questions about the cost, the security of the refueling station, and the logistics involved; (12) It is good to know that pilots can keep in contact with their base even once they have ejected from their aircraft and are hurtling towards Earth; and (13) If people with guns are chasing you repeatedly making sounds of terror is not a good thing while fleeing for your life.(14) Invading the air space of other countries to bomb their buildings can be seen as constituting acts of war regardless of collateral damage, even in this modern age of American imperialism; (15) Shooting down airplanes defending themselves against a plane that is going to attack a facility that should not be attacked is not exactly a proud moment in American military aviation either; (16) I seem to remember that most of the American landmines in the entire world are located in the Korean DMZ; (17) I know for a fact that there are American and South Korean troops on the southern side of that DMZ who, at the very least, patch up holes in the fencing; (18) If you want to have a secret base with minions who will do your bidding there are better places to put it than Alaska; (19) An aircraft on the ground is not as useful as one in the air; (20) When you arrest people putting them in handcuffs is almost always better than giving them a minute; (21) I am sick and tired of the idea that psychopaths are given important assignments in the United States military; and (22) I do not believe a computer needs speakers to listen to music, especially if that music is illegally downloaded. Okay, I will quit now, but I am letting "Stealth" off easy. This movie gets three stars because there is certainly an entertainment value to ripping this movie beyond what ever bonus points you want to throw in for seeing Jessica Biel in a bikini. I am so glad I waited until this movie came on DVD because I was able to stop it and do a "Wait a minute, you mean to tell me..." routine a half-dozen times and nobody in my family complained because they were laughing just as much at the stupid stuff (plus I was translating what the North Korean officer was saying and getting laughs off of that as well). I also was inclined to round up on the basis of the special feature bit about the music for the film, which covers the original music by BT and Trevor Morris along with the three original songs written by Incubus. Too bad they spent all that creative effort in the service of this stupid little movie.
This movie has really sensational special effects. The aerials were wonderful and I found that having a female pilot made an otherwise "guy film" into something that the ladies would enjoy.Gutsy, fast paced and enjoyable.
Heh heh heh. If you actually take this movie in a realistic, actionsense, you are bound to be disappointed. While the effects are wicked,everything else is pretty lame. Plot, characters... all pretty shoddy. That said, if you know a modicum of science and/or keep up withemerging technologies, you will laugh your ass off! The sheer volume oferrors and strategic 'omisisons' of physics and the like is simplyhilarious. Okay hands down the best part of the movie: When EDI gets hit bylightning (now that's funny. I military aircraft, getting hit bylightning. Hello, that hasn't happened since the 70's) and then we seesome cool shots of electronics/wiring running into his core. Okay,sweet. nice FX. now we see DNA!!!! becoming untangled in the core of aROBOTIC AI. I seriously couldn't stop laughing. I mean, how bad of adirector do you have to be to put something that blatantly erroneousinto a movie... Shows how much Hollywood cares about science :)And other technical goofs are also amusing. If you are looking for amovie that kids will enjoy, and parents can laugh at, this is it. All in all, great fun, and spectacular effects and action scenes. JustPLEASE leave your reality at the door!
If you have surround-sound and a big screen TV, then this is a movie you should enjoy. Unless of course you are not an action film fan. Stealth is a Computer Generated Images extravaganza. This movie is like Top Gun on steroids, a lot of steroids! There is not a whole lot of great acting, but who cares. Take this film for what it is - missiles, gunshots, and good-looking people trying to save the world. I can't believe the people that are bashing this movie. Did they think this was a chick-flick or something?Jessica Biel is as good in this film as she was in Blade: Trinity. She has a huge career in front of her. Biel has that IT-factor that Josh Lucas doesn't. Sorry Josh, I think print-work is much more your calling.Let's break this down. Stealth is about three awesome pilots who have to work with an unmanned aircraft gone wild. Things get way out of control, but don't fret, two of the three find a way out of the bad to worse situation. That pretty much sums it up. If you like explosions, jets, and amazing CGI, this movie is for you. If you want awesome dialogue and an intriguing plot, don't touch this.See ya next review!