Columbia Pictures | Release Date: July 29, 2005
4.8
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SamOct 14, 2005
The thing that I hated most about stealth, not to say that I hated the movie, it really was decent, but the worst thing about it was it looked like a fantastic epic full great plot twists with some of the best special effects ever, basically The thing that I hated most about stealth, not to say that I hated the movie, it really was decent, but the worst thing about it was it looked like a fantastic epic full great plot twists with some of the best special effects ever, basically it had so much promise, and it wasted it. comPLETELY wasted it. Through it down the toilet, gone. Expand
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danm.Aug 1, 2005
After the 1st 1/2 hour, it became entertaining.
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MarkB.Jan 21, 2006
Besides being the Year of the Penguin, 2005 will be remembered as the movie year in which moviegoers re-embraced the R-rated movie comedy (Yay!) and rejected the Big, Expensive Action Movie Without A Brain In Its Head (YAY!!) Michael Bay and Besides being the Year of the Penguin, 2005 will be remembered as the movie year in which moviegoers re-embraced the R-rated movie comedy (Yay!) and rejected the Big, Expensive Action Movie Without A Brain In Its Head (YAY!!) Michael Bay and Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) are two of the more recent auteurs of this genre; of the two, Cohen is far less offensive because of his sheer unpretentiousness; he's a bubblegum moviemaker who's secure in the knowledge that he IS one, and embraces his essential inner Bazooka Joe-ness. Just as well that Cohen's latest, about a military superplane that defies orders when it (he?) feels it (he?) has the right to or knows more than its (his?) human operators bombed in theaters, because it's actually fairly effective on DVD as a "six-pack movie": the more of the six-pack you drink the better (or at least less idiotic) it is, and it helps even more if you can get through TWO six-packs while watching it! You don't expect such offbeat talents as screenwriter W. D. Richter (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Home for the Holidays) and playwright/actor Sam Shepard to be anywhere near this (or any other Cohen film) although Shepard is actually quite good as the well-meaning but corrupt force behind the project; otherwise, Stealth comes off as an amiable cross between Blue Thunder and Top Gun without the hysterical semi-alarmism of the former or the obnoxious jingoism of the latter. Stealth's greatest strength and greatest weakness are actually one and the same: it's smart enough to ask the question of whether war should be waged as a video game or up close and personal (an issue that, in a way, got Bill Maher and Politically Incorrect thrown off ABC) but dumb enough to include so many candy-colored visuals, and take such delight in blowing stuff up real good that it undercuts its own very real, intelligent questions and becomes exactly the same thing it's criticizing. I'm sure that it's no coincidence that Cohen voice-casts the superplane to sound just like HAL the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey; in fact, I was mildly disappointed that the stealth bomber didn't get around to treating us to a chorus of "A Bicycle Built For Two". Expand
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Philter137Sep 16, 2005
Well... I wasn't expecting a great movie, so I wasn't disappointed, I left feeling vaugely satisfied. A good variety of locations and settings, good explosions, some nice action concepts and I really liked the look of the Talon Well... I wasn't expecting a great movie, so I wasn't disappointed, I left feeling vaugely satisfied. A good variety of locations and settings, good explosions, some nice action concepts and I really liked the look of the Talon aircraft. I'm a big fan of Jet aircraft and carriers, so I really *wanted* to like this movie, but it just didn't fly. There were a load of problems with Stealth, I had a problem with the blimp-shaped floating refueling station - in the real world that thing would be a tactical nightmare to defend and one of the screens in the command centre seemed to imply that there were loads of these expensive, highly explosive, easy-to-shoot sitting ducks dotted around the globe. Can you see a government approving a station like that? I was able to stomach the cliches for the most part, the problem that ruined "stealth" most in my view was the "overdone" feel of the cgi during the battle scenes - The 'camera' panning and pitching wildly, the overuse of tight close ups on the jets as they streak by. It was too 'furious' from the start of each battle - This kind of visual feel needed to be at the climax of each battle scene, not in every in every single shot! The makers of this flick need to watch Top Gun again, drop as many cliches as possible and make a different movie. Expand
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