This page is about the movie. See also Stealth Tropes.Stealth is a 2005 action film directed by Rob Cohen (the guy who did The Fast and the Furious and xXx).The United States Navy has built three new top-of-the-range fighter jets called F/A-37 Talons. From over 400 applicants, 3 pilots are chosen to fly them; smart hotshot Lieutenant Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas), tomboyish Lieutenant Kara Wade (Jessica Biel), and street-wise, philosophical Lieutenant Henry Purcell (Jamie Foxx). When the three are flown out to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Philippine Sea where the jets are, they learn the navy's developed a fourth jet; unmanned artificial intelligence "EDI" (Extreme Deep Invader, no relation to that EDI).The pilots are to take EDI out on a mission and train it. While they're at it, debate rages amongst commanders about whether it's ethical to use artificial intelligences in war, given that although a computer is not subject to the physical limitations of a human pilot and can calculate strategies more quickly; they likewise possess no sense of morality. At least; theoretically... can you guess where this is leading? And indeed, sure enough, with the mission a success, on the way back, EDI is struck by a lightning bolt, thus zapping his circuits, and he develops a moral code. Initially, everything is fine. But then, on a subsequent mission in Pakistan, EDI decides that the decisions of the humans are faulty, and he starts doing his own thing... Now it's up to the three pilots to stop him.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: An interesting variation. EDI doesn't actually decide the humans are evil or anything, but is just misinterpreting orders. When its human superiors try to correct the misunderstanding, it uses past statements or examples given by its human companions as a logical precedent for its actions. The overall effect is closer to Gone Horribly Right than Gone Horribly Wrong: EDI is really doing exactly what it was told to do, just not in the way it was told, and ignoring the context of said orders.
Combat Pragmatist / Well-Intentioned Extremist: EDI doesn't care about collateral damage as long as he kills terrorists. Then again, he learned this from Ben, who was prepared to slam his plane into the ground and kill hundreds of people just to prove a point.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Leaving aside the funny acronym, just watch the scene where EDI goes for a refuel. His initial attempt is met with a feminine computer voice saying "Access Denied." He angrily shoves his refueling probe into the nozzle several times, complete with bumping noises. As he does this, the camera is focused on his cockpit and the actual computer housing his AI inside at an angle that invokes an angry-looking facial expression. Then, he shoots off the nozzle and forcibly shoves his refueling probe into the hose.
Purcell comes just short of naming this trope explicitly to his superior officers when complaining about the new foursome. At times it seems he's not so much bothered by EDI being a computer as so much as just being there, period.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The powers that be want EDI to learn from the three mains. It watches and learns from Ben that getting the mission done is more important than following orders from that stupid stunt in Rangoon. If Ben had JUST let EDI take the damn shot... we wouldn't have a movie.
Nom de Guerre: averted, unusually for a jet-fighter movie. Gannon's call sign is "Big," Purcell's is "Easy" and Wade's is "Guns". ...Okay, maybe now we know why they don't use 'em.
Stealth Pun: According to the Tech Guy, the guy who made EDI was only 22 when he programmed the AI for the Raptor, a relatively new fighter aircraft. The Raptor's designation is F-22. Note that this is also literally a Stealth Pun.
The Stinger: After the credits, we see the red light of EDI's CPU come back on.
Stuff Blowing Up: The aircraft seem to have non-conservation-of-energy missiles that explode with the force of plot.
There Are No Global Consequences: So the pilots shot down 3 Russian pilots after invading their airspace, shot a bunch of North Korean soldiers in the finale... And all's well. No international incidents. No World War 3.
Token Romance: Ben and Kara. Mentioned in about two scenes, never has any relevance to the plot, and barely transmitted in the character interactions.
A Spy Satellite is shown with a hammer and sickle flag painted on it to indicate that its supposed to watch over Russia, even though it is explicitly marked "Russian Federation" on the map. Apparently production team felt that the USSR flag was more instantly recognizable to viewers than the Russian tricolor. It is also especially weird because it was an American satellite, so having another country's flag there wouldn't make sense except to serve as an audience aid.
Viral Marketing: Shots of the life-size Talon props on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln were leaked with claims that they were taken by a crew member and showed a new US fighter prototype. Of course, the shots were all in perfect focus and showed the pilots were Hollywood actors, but some people were still taken in.
Wham Line: In-universe after EDI disobeys orders in Tajikistan.