I believe the story would have been better served with more story telling and less effects. I recognize though that this film can be used to discuss, or at least think about, the themes of a loving family, the importance of forgiveness and working together.

(2003) Film Review by MIKE FURCHES

This page was created on July 27, 2003
This page was last updated on August 2, 2003

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Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez

Antonio Banderas .... Gregorio Cortez
Carla Gugino .... Ingrid Cortez
Alexa Vega .... Carmen Cortez
Daryl Sabara .... Juni Cortez
Ricardo Montalban .... Grandfather
Holland Taylor .... Grandmother
Sylvester Stallone .... Toymaker
Mike Judge .... Donnagon Giggles
Salma Hayek .... Cesca Giggles
Matthew O'Leary .... Gary Giggles
Emily Osment .... Gerti Giggles
Ryan Pinkston .... Arnold
Robert Vito .... Rez
Bobby Edner .... Francis
Courtney Jines .... Demetra
Cheech Marin .... Felix Gumm
Danny Trejo .... Machete
Alan Cumming .... Fegan Floop
Tony Shalhoub .... Alexander Minion
Steve Buscemi .... Romero

Produced by
Elizabeth Avellan .... producer
Robert Rodriguez .... producer
Bill Scott .... line producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer

Original Music by Robert Rodriguez
Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez and Vince Pace (additional photography)
Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez

MPAA: Rated PG for action sequences and peril.
For rating reasons, go to FILMRATINGS.COM, and MPAA.ORG.
Parents, please refer to PARENTALGUIDE.ORG

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Click to enlargeOn their most mind-blowing mission yet, the Spy Kids are about to enter an entirely new dimension: the third dimension. In "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over", state-of-the-art digital 3D technology puts something special into special effects action for the whole family. On their latest assignment, under-age Juni and Carmen Cortez (Sabara and Vega) journey inside the virtual reality wolrd of a cool but crazy video game, where anything is possible, including the impossible. Action film veteran Sylvester Stallone joins the cast as the power-hungry villain the 'Toymaker', who wants to take over the youth of the world, and Juni and Carmen must battle their way through tougher and tougher levels of a three-dimensional game ingeniously designed to outwit and defeat them. Using their usual humor, gadgetry, bravery and family bonds, the Spy Kids must win every high-flying, puzzle-solving challenge, from racing road warriors to surfing on boiling lava. Meanwhile, high-definition digital 3-D sequences and special viewing glasses give the audience a chance to interact with the larger-than-life excitement on screen. Adding to the visual fun, "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over" also features all-new inventions from the mind of writer/director Robert Rodriguez, who lets his imagination loose in a blazingly colorful, futuristic game world come to life. In this latest chapter of the Spy Kids trilogy, Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino reprise their roles as suave spy-parents Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez and Ricardo Montalban makes a comeback as the Spy Kids' grandfather, who plays a pivotal role in their mission. Also returning are Steve Buscemi as the mad scientist Romero; Alan Cumming as Floop; Bill Paxton as Dinky Winks; Cheech Marin as Uncle Felix; and Danny Trejo as Uncle Machete.
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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66."
Click to enlargeIt is no secret that I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for Robert Rodriguez. He has brought to the screen or worked on some of my favorites including, El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty and of course Spy Kids. One of his noted traits is the usage of friends and family in his movies. If Nepotism were against the law in Hollywood, Rodriguez would be out of a job. Thank goodness, it is not though because without him we would be at a loss of one of the great new directors in all of Hollywood. He directed and wrote El Mariachi on a shoestring budget and made it into a multi million dollar profit. He used friends, family and whoever was willing to work to make that movie. Using short, quick edits and great storytelling he developed a formula that has been used over and over, one that audiences seem to love and one that more importantly for Hollywood makes a profit.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is a long ways from the early days for Rodriguez. He has star power now and there are many who desire to be a part of the movies he makes as well as multi million dollar budgets. This feature is no exception. The cast includes many notables including, Antonio Banderas, Ricardo Montalban, Sylvester Stallone, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Bill Paxton, Elijah Wood, Steve Buscemi, George Clooney, and Daryl Sabara as Juni Cortez and Alexa Vega as Ingrid Cortez. The film brings back virtually everyone in the first two renditions of Spy Kids and a few new comers. The return power of the performers in the previous movies is an attribute to Rodriguez and his ability to get along with his cast and their appreciation for his talent. His ability to tell stories and direct is not the obvious star of this movie though. The twist in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is that the film is in good ol' fashioned 3-D.

Click to enlargeThe importance of relationships in Rodriguez's movies comes out in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. While the story is a difficult to follow due in part to the cumbersome nature of 3-D, the emphasis on family is evident. The story line follows several themes that is prevalent. The brother Juni, must save his sister from being taken over by the evil game maker, Sylvester Stalone. In the process, he recognizes the skills of his grandfather, Ricardo Montalban and of his ability to help in certain areas despite the physical handicap that he possesses. Along the journey he is also reminded of the fact that all members of the human race are some how related and this is a fact that will come into play to eventually enable him to save not only his sister but the entire planet. Along the way, Rodriguez gives lessons on the importance of working together and at one point even the importance of "spirituality" and "family." There are also lessons on the importance of recognizing that even the bad things that happen can have positive influences and messages if one will but look for them.

Click to enlargeTechnically, while this movie has many worthwhile themes to discuss with smaller children, it is weak and difficult to watch. That is not unusual due to the 3-D effects. The method used follows the older method used in movies in the late 1950's and 60's with the use of one red lens and one blue lens. The effect is not nearly as nice as the glasses used in IMAX theaters and Amusement parks where a polarized style lens is used. I must say though that of the techniques in 3-D using the old style lens in this movie has as many nice effects as any movie in the past. Unfortunately, I believe the story would have been better served with more story telling and less effects. I recognize though that this might just be a formula and method used to have kids discussing or at least thinking about the themes of loving family, the importance of forgiveness and the importance of working together. In a summer season filled with all kinds of movies this one might just have a gimmick that will draw viewers. I will not be surprised to see this one do better than the second Spy Kids film, Island of Lost Dreams. That is yet to be seen, but in the meantime, Rodriguez comes through with another story that not only entertains but promotes positive themes in this series designed for the entire family.

On a scale of 1 -10 for the 3-D effects and themes of love, forgiveness and family, I'll give it a respectable 6.

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