In this action-packed sci-fi flick, Ben (Josh Lucas), Kara (Jessica Biel) and Henry (Jamie Foxx) are chosen to pilot stealth fighter jets for the U.S. Navy. Their captain (Sam Shepard), unbeknownst to them, develops a pilotless stealth jet, affectionately named EDI, or Eddie, to one day replace human pilots. The three pilots must teach Eddie, a computer, how to fly during a raid on terrorists. As they return to their ship, Eddie is struck by lightning, which alters his computer language and causes him to develop emotions and become self-righteous. He strives to kill anyone who gets in his way, even his own “team members,” claiming to have learned it from Ben. While Eddie attempts to attack Russia, which could start the next world war, the others try to gain control over him.
This film is only two hours long, but it felt as though it dragged on for much longer. It is full of spectacular special effects, with more explosions than a Fourth of July celebration, but the story never seems to climax. I sat in the theatre, patiently waiting for the movie to grab my full attention. But, like an afternoon at the DMV, I just kept waiting.
The concept of this film reminded me of the “Terminator” movies. The A.I. computers educate themselves beyond our intentions for them. And you mustn’t forget the person in charge of that particular program, attempting to cover any problems with the machine in attempt to save his/her career. This idea is becoming somewhat overused. It’s time for some new material, or perhaps, another remake.
I was impressed that the film didn’t include an immense amount of “over the top” violence. While there were many explosions and deaths, none of it was gruesome. The language and sexual content in this movie doesn’t allow Dove to pick it up on radar, so sneak past “Stealth” in your movie missions.