will replace us all"
The near future. An elite trio of pilots have been selected
to fly three of the most advanced stealth fighter jets in the world. Kara
Wade (Biel), Henry Purcell (Foxx) and Lt. Ben Gannon (Lucas) are those pilots
and they are the best the US Navy has and their new frontline force in the
continuing fight against terrorists. As they are deployed to the aircraft
carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, their commanding officer Capt. George Cummings
(Shepard) informs them that a fourth wingman is joining the team but this
is no ordinary pilot, it is the first plane controlled by its own artificial
The premise of artificial intelligence becoming self-aware
is a common theme in science fiction but can 'Stealth' bring anything new
to the genre? No but it is entertaining all the same.
Whenever you see director Rob Cohen's name attached to a movie
you know what you are going to get. The man behind hits like 'The Fast and
the Furious' and 'xXx' can guarantee you that he will deliver action but
you can also be assured that there won't be much in the way of character
development or story. 'Stealth' is no different. With the main story been
an amalgamation of 'Top Gun', 'Behind Enemy Lines' and 'Short Circuit',
the sections between the action sequences do little other push you to the
next budget eating shot and have little time for much character or plot
development other than to put the characters in more jeopardy or give you
a little insight into their lives outside of the cockpit.
The cast do their best with what they have but they deserve
much more. Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel and especially Jamie Foxx are good actors
who can easily cope with drama and added character development. Instead
we have clichéd characters that don't really engage you as much as they
should. Josh Lucas's Lt. Ben Gannon is you stereotypical elite flyer, full
of self-confidence and not afraid to disobey orders to complete the mission.
Kara Wade sees Jessica Biel as the intelligent beauty, who wants to get
the same recognition in a male oriented environment. Jamie Foxx is the overly
confident ladies man Henry Purcell who isn't afraid of telling any woman
what he does for a living, if it will get them into bed. All of these characters
we have met before is some kind of connotation and the script does little
to make them standout from the rest.
The shortcoming of the story and characters are off shot by
some exhilarating flying sequences. When the trio get into their planes,
this is when the movie really takes off. Some stunning computer generated
effects create thrilling sequences that take you into the cockpit and really
convey that feeling of speed and flight. Aerial dogfights, flying under
the radar and amazing bombing runs combine to make 'Stealth' a visual treat
for special effects fans.
'Stealth' is a no brainer action flick that, despite its character
and story deficiencies is still an entertaining romp. Director Rob Cohen
can always be relied upon to deliver in the action department and this movie
is no different but it looks like we are going to have to wait for him to
be able to get the balance of action and story right. This aside, you should
make 'Stealth' visible on your film-going radar.