Stealth

Stealth

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Director: Rob Cohen
     
 

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The latest innovation in high-tech defense hardware turns out to have a very dangerous mind of its own in this action thriller. Kara Wade (Jessica Biel), Henry Purcell (Jamie Foxx), and Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas) are three highly ranked U.S. Navy pilots who are part of a top-secret project involving the next generation of stealth fighter technology, the Talon Jet. Wade,…  See more details below

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The latest innovation in high-tech defense hardware turns out to have a very dangerous mind of its own in this action thriller. Kara Wade (Jessica Biel), Henry Purcell (Jamie Foxx), and Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas) are three highly ranked U.S. Navy pilots who are part of a top-secret project involving the next generation of stealth fighter technology, the Talon Jet. Wade, Purcell, and Gannon are surprised when their commander, Captain George Cummings (Sam Shepard), introduces them to the new member of their team -- "Edi," an "extreme deep invader" developed as part of the "Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle" program. Utilizing the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, Edi is a computer-based flight controller that will take over the wingman's position in the team's formation, and while the pilots initially balk, Edi performs admirably in its first mission. However, after Edi is struck by lightning on a return trip, the computer's circuits and software begin to change in unexpected ways, and Edi not only begins to think for itself, it begins to violate direct orders. During a mission investigating the forces of a dangerous Chinese extremist, Edi starts an attack that could launch World War III, and it's up to Wade, Purcell, and Gannon to stop both Edi and its dangerous plan before it's too late. Stealth also stars Joe Morton and Richard Roxburgh.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This flashy techno-thriller sports a wildly improbable plot and frankly risible situations, but it moves like greased lightning and has enough action to keep any viewer’s adrenaline pumping. The story opens with three Navy “top gun” pilots -- Lieutenants Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas), Kara Wade (Jessica Biel), and Henry Purcell (Jamie Foxx) -- going through their paces in hopped-up fighter jets. But their war games are child’s play compared to the mission that will shortly put them in grave danger. A state-of-the-art, computer-guided UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) sustains a malfunction that overrides its program and sends it streaking toward North Korea on a bombing run. In the ensuing pursuit, Wade is forced to land behind enemy lines, and Gannon is torn between rescuing her and neutralizing the UCAV. Director Rob Cohen, whose previous movies include xXx and The Fast and the Furious, is definitely a filmmaker who always feels the need for speed, and he outdoes himself in Stealth: with so many quick cuts and rapid accelerations, we’d advise you to keep air-sickness bags at the ready while watching this puppy. Lucas, Biel, and Foxx have ample opportunities for good-natured banter and a little romance on the side, but they play their roles with just enough gravitas to lend the film some much-needed credibility. Of course, nobody expects Shakespearean drama here; Stealth never pretends to be anything but a two-hour amusement-park ride, and in that respect it succeeds admirably.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Rob Cohen brings his patented brand of flashy action to the skies with Stealth, an aerial assault on the senses that both wows with its explosions and bores with its plodding plot. This is definitely the type of summer flick that could have done well to snip a few million from its 100-million-dollar budget, as there's simply too much on the screen to fully take in in one sitting. From the overdone-already Fast and the Furious camera trickery that speeds through the jet's electric systems to the gimmicky crane shots that pull from the engines into the cockpit one too many times, it's obvious that Cohen went a bit too wild on his visual flair with this one. Despite this, there are moments that truly pay off, such as Jessica Biel's exhilarating free-fall sequence or almost any scene that ends in a massive explosion sure to rock you out of your chair. Not surprisingly, the acting is what you'd expect, with Josh Lucas being charming when he needs to be, but wooden when the times get tense. Biel mainly survives unscathed (save for her gratuitous bikini scene), though poor Jamie Foxx sounds like he's still caught in Ray Charles-mode as he wraps his head around dialogue that's not quite cocky, serious, or even vaguely interesting for that matter. When it comes down to it, inflatable dummies could have headlined the pick, and it'd still been a good ride if not for the script by Buckaroo Banzai director W.D. Richter, who slathers on the layers to a point where the movie unjustly becomes longer than it need be. Still, adrenaline-rushers could do a whole lot worse than Stealth, as evidenced by the dreadful Cohen-produced sequel of the same year, XXX: State of the Union.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
UPC:
0043396176843
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Bonus previews; Incubus' "Make a Move" music video; Featurette: "The Music of Stealth"

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Lucas Lt. Ben Gannon
Jessica Biel Lt. Kara Wade
Jamie Foxx Lt. Henry Purcell
Sam Shepard Captain George Cummings
Joe Morton Captain Dirk Harshfield
Richard Roxburgh Keith Orbit
Ebon Moss-Bachrach Josh Hudson
Wentworth Miller Voice of EDI
Megan Gale Orbit's Secretary

Technical Credits
Rob Cohen Director
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
BT Score Composer
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Lizzy Gardiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Michelle Glass Associate Producer
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Randi Hiller Casting
Richard Hobbs Art Director
Christine King Casting
Jonathan Lee Production Designer
Mike Medavoy Producer
Arnie Messer Executive Producer
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Kwame Parker Associate Producer
Marc Pitre Associate Producer
Andrew Powell Set Decoration/Design
W.D. Richter Screenwriter
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
Dean Semler Cinematographer
P.J. Voeten Associate Producer,Asst. Director
E. Bennett Walsh Executive Producer
David Young Special Effects Supervisor
Laura Ziskin Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stealth
1. Start [3:58]
2. The Three Talons [4:55]
3. The New Wingman [4:48]
4. Study Break [2:43]
5. Tin Man's Moves [5:26]
6. Emergency Redirect [3:09]
7. Blackout Risk [5:34]
8. Lightning Strike [4:39]
9. Actions & Consequences [2:48]
10. Downtime in Thailand [6:56]
11. Tajikistan [4:31]
12. Disobeying Orders [4:19]
13. Pilots at Risk [2:43]
14. Henry [4:30]
15. Refueling [3:36]
16. Punching Out [4:18]
17. "My Mandate Is to Survive." [3:01]
18. Caviar Sweep [3:53]
19. Bogey Alert [3:32]
20. A Deal With Edi [2:05]
21. Mayday to Crashdown [1:34]
22. Trials of Talons 1 & 2 [3:43]
23. Orbit Operates [3:04]
24. Scramjet Sequence [4:41]
25. Under the Radar [3:17]
26. A Little Message [2:19]
27. Taking Out the Treeline [2:18]
28. Battle at the Border [4:28]

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Stealth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Cohen knows how to go fast and take you along for the ride. Great specical effects that will have you feeling the G's. The plot for this movie may be thin, but don't let that get in the way of enjoying this movie. You'll like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie, and when it came out of theatres, I bought it. When it was in the theatres, the critics didn't like it, but I heartily disagreed. Though the plot was sometimes transparent, the acting was convincing, and it had some laughs.
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
the action & drama in this movie is unbelievable! it begs 2 be appreciated! the bonus disc is just awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago