Orphaned following his parents’ death in a plane crash, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) lives in London with his banker uncle, Ian Rider (Ewan McGregor). When Ian is mysteriously killed, Alex takes it upon himself to look into the tragedy. Shockingly, he discovers that his uncle led a double life as a secret agent for MI6. Impressed with his novice detective skills, Alan Blunt (Bill Nighy), the cold, calculating head of MI6 Special Operations, decides to recruit the teenager as a spy. Alex was always strongly encouraged by his uncle to indulge in extreme sports like martial arts and scuba diving. Additionally, he gained invaluable knowledge of several foreign languages while traveling extensively with him on business. As a result, he is a perfect candidate for a young secret agent. His first mission is to investigate the devious megalomaniac Darrius Sayle (Mickey Rourke), who has ties to several dangerous and hostile nations. Sayle’s generous, but rather suspicious plan to donate his revolutionary new computer system, Stormbreaker, to every school in England, may be concealing some criminal agenda. Alex will infiltrate Sayle’s company by impersonating a programming wizard and will pick up the investigation where his uncle left off.
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