Directed by Rob Cohen.
Written by W.D. Richter.
Starring Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx.
Release Year: 2005
Review Date: 8/1/05
All signs that "Stealth" should have been
dogshit were presented upfront. Directed by Rob Cohen, who in
giving us "xXx" and
Fast and the Furious" informed us that substance is for suckers,
you knew that "Stealth" would be light and fluffy, like a perfect
biscuit on a Sunday morning. You also knew that since this
film was apparently completed before
"Ray" came out, Jamie
Foxx is not the star of this film and probably had something to do
with this flick being delayed many months before being dumped onto
the public in late summer. And, has Josh Lucas--good-looking,
sure...talented, no way--ever been in a good movie?
"Stealth" does have the incredible sense of
speed that his other films of late have provided, and it does have
Jessica Biel...otherwise, it is not too memorable. Three Navy
pilots (Foxx, Biel and Lucas) have been selected as the wingmates
for numerous stealth missions to take out terrorists all over the
globe...AND as the test dummies to fly alongside an unmanned
supercraft that is some mix of KITT and HAL 9000. This
supercraft is pretty sweet for a while, covering the asses of the
three human-controlled fighters and taking out targets
remotely...and then, it gets hit by lightning, rupturing its innards
and making it go wacko in the blink of an eye.
What follows is not a bad action film, but
still nothing to write home about. The special effects of
"Stealth" are pretty much all we can count on--in fact, I don't
think a single aerial shot featured a real plane or explosion--and
when the movie is in the air, it's not bad. Naturally, any
time we have to watch Biel and Lucas act, we are in trouble, and
Foxx is not in this film long enough to factor into the proceedings
after the roboto-jet goes haywire. Sam Shepard, playing the
director of the roboto-jet program, does his best to stay
interested, and the film has senseless-yet-efficient action
sequences on the ground in the last 30 minutes of screen time.
The whole time, I'm thinking
"Man, this is looking real expensive for a
movie about absolutely nothing. It really doesn't make any
sense whatsoever. But, Jessica Biel is crazy-hot and I love
watching other planes get shot down by missile fire."
and you ride that wave for the entire
120-minute running time of the film. Certainly you could do
worse. The dialogue is bad, but not awful; there are a million
ways that the filmmakers could have cut 30 minutes out of this
flick, easy. A sequence where Biel's character has to eject
takes--no lie--five minutes. She gives a play-by-play of
what's happening as she is falling, and while I thought that no one
person could talk so calmly while in freefall from 30,000 feet, I
would have just made the decision to have her eject and do the
Hey, I'm just one man, but I could have saved everybody about five
minutes' worth of special effects cash.
But, you get what you pay for, and if you
only drop $6 bucks you won't feel that bad that you saw it in the
theater. "Stealth" is destined to be on TV for the next 30
years on TBS on a Saturday afternoon, taking the place of the
now-20-year-old Clint Eastwood stealth flick "Firefox." How's
THAT for pulling shit out of my ass!
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