“Stealth” features Jamie Foxx in his first big-screen appearance since his star-making turn in “Ray.” However, “Stealth” was made before Foxx was “Oscar- winner Jamie Foxx,” so the actor is given a low-profile comic relief assignment. Foxx joins Josh Lucas and Jessica Biel as three top guns picked from 400 applicants to fly the latest stealth fighters. They're also given a preview of the future: a plane nicknamed “Eddie” that uses an onboard computer to fly itself. Inevitably, Eddie goes HAL-like on a mission and threatens to start World War III, so the trio must reel in the coldly immoral computer-with-an-attitude.
Despite its modest attributes -- a youthful cast counterbalanced with Sam Shepard's flinty masculinity -- “Stealth” flails around with cheesy techno-babble, a lame attempt at an inter-office romance between Lucas and Biel, and a bizarre final act that reeks of desperation. The flying sequences are impressive in a plastic, CGI way that doesn't stimulate the senses. Starring Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx and Sam Shepard. Directed by Rob Cohen. Written by W.D. Richter. Produced by Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Neal Moritz and Laura Ziskin. A Columbia release. Action. Rated PG-13 for intense action, some violence, brief strong language and innuendo. Running time: 120 min