Producers: Laura Ziskin, Mike Medavoy, Neal
H. Moritz, E. Bennet Walsh
Written by: W. D. Richter
Cast: Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx,
Joe Morton, Richard Roxburgh, Sam Shepard
“It was all sound and fury indicating nothing.” —The
I hear the roar of a jet, a thunderous boom from an exploding truck,
and the rattling blasts of anti-aircraft fire. That continues for
about three minutes and that’s how the movie opens. From the
beginning you’re given a pretty good idea of what to expect,
if the previews and/or trailers failed to do so. But let me tell
you more in case you don’t quite understand.
Lieutenant Ben Gannon (Lucas), Lieutenant Kara
Wade (Biel), and Lieutenant Henry Parcell (Foxx)
are the three best fighter pilots the US Navy has to offer (I know,
but stick with me here). They are part of a program designed to
make the ultimate flying machine. This machine is an artificial
intelligence commonly referred to as Eddy. They have recently been
given clearance to field-test Eddy as a member of the squadron.
As both the new kid and a non-biological entity, Eddy is a little
less than welcome. But it soon proves itself to be a valuable member
of the team, with ultra-high-speed data analysis and long-range
sensors that could challenge God (seriously, detecting
a thumbprint off a target hundreds of miles away without even dusting).
However, when the issue of unavoidable collateral damage springs
up, we see the difference between a caring woman and a calculating
machine. Things get out of hand when Eddy decides that it can act
with initiative just like a human and starts behaving like the infant
(designed for destruction) that it is. It has yet to internalize
values for human life (never mind the fact that it doesn’t
exactly have the best environment to learn that) and acts without
regard for morality. The squadron is ordered to stop it, and Captain
George Cummings, the officer in charge of the operation, begins
covering his back…
This movie really got me down for several reasons. First off, there
is no way that anyone designing a sentient war machine would give
it complete control over itself. With all the effort that goes into
keeping the fighting humans in line, I don’t see why they’d
go out of their way to not close some (any?) circuits off from the
AI. That’s a very serious problem in this movie, at least
for me, because the feasibility of the sci-fi elements is just thrown
out the window. So basically, the science (or rather, engineering)
is completely bunk. Bullshit. Next, the geopolitical emergencies
that all-too-(in)conveniently pop up just make me scream, “No!”
Do Southeast Asian terrorists really organize meetings inside government
facilities armored with 14 feet of concrete? Do breakaway Russian
satellites ending in –stan really have warlords thirsty for
nukes? You’d think they’d be more concerned with keeping
their asses alive as opposed to calling the hammer down on themselves.
Whatever, the way I see it the scriptwriter was just using the bogeymen
that the common audience understands. After all, for some reason
the whole program behind Eddy was a response to global terrorism.
As if we don’t have enough capability to blow up terrorists…
So, I give Stealth a solid thumbs down. It seemed like
a Top Gun that tried to go sci-fi, but failed miserably
in the attempt, crashing and burning. I wouldn’t recommend
this movie being exposed to intelligent or critical eyes (smart
people can enjoy this flick if they just ignore the idiocy in it),
but if you have to see it do yourself a favor; be stealthy and sneak
in (Am I allowed so say that? No? Okay.). Just kidding folks. But
seriously, don’t sacrifice too much to go see this movie,
because you’ll probably end up regretting it. I know I did
when I saw it raining like hell upon exiting the movie theater.
Take a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
Itís worth a full-price ticket.
Itís worth a matinee ticket.
Wait for video rental.
Check out the video from the library, if you must.
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