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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)

  Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Written by: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Salma Hayek, Mike Judge, Daryl Sabara, Sylvester Stallone, Alexa Vega
Links: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video, Buy Posters, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Children's

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating)
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"Bad film saved by some cool 3D" - a review by em_fiction

I'll admit that I'm quite familiar with the Spy Kids series - not by choice but by my eight year old sister playing over and over tapes of the first two (she does that with all of her videos, and never gets sick of them). Anyway, in the third and (hopefully) the final instalment of the Spy Kids trilogy, an evil man known as the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone, at pretty much the end of his career) has created a video game called 'Game Over' which has become the latest craze among kids. Of course, the game is just a trap which will lead to ultimate world domination. The OSS (the spy organisation) send Juni (Daryl Sabara) into the game to find his sister Carmen (Alexa Vega) who'd been sent earlier on the same mission but mysteriously disappeared and also stop the Toymaker before it's too late.

Okay, the plot is a complete rip-off of The Matrix (1999). As soon as we find out that even though Carmen is missing inside the game her body is still there, I don't think anything could've been more obvious. It's safe to say that plot-wise, this film isn't mindblowingly original.

What saved the film from being a complete waste of matter was the whole concept of filming it in stereoscopic 3D (i.e. the red and green stuff). Basically, before entering the cinema, you're given a cheap piece of cardboard with red and green cellophane for eyeholes, held around your head with a piece of elastic that's at least four sizes too big. We've all seen stereoscopic 3D still pictures before (images distorted by red and green blurs, but visually pop out at you when you wear the 3D glasses) - this goes by that exact principle except it's in motion.

Most people are complaining that the film's attempt at 3D is nowhere near as good as those at theme parks, etc. Well, considering those venues are specifically designed for that sort of thing, while this is limited to just an ordinary cinema screen, and also considering that I've never been to any theme parks my whole life (I will eventually), I thought it was pretty damn effective.

The film is guaranteed to please the kids (my sister loved it to death, she's still wearing the glasses at home) but I was disappointed that it wasn't put into a more substantial plot context rather than just having the virtual reality plot as an excuse for races, fights and other cathartic activities that make good use of the 3D. And the cameo appearances - George Clooney, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Steve Buscemi and other Robert Rodriguez favourites - could've been done with a bit more imagination rather than just being obvious cameos. Nevertheless, if you've got kids at home hungry for some fun and excitement, Spy Kids 3-D will surely please them. If you do intend to see it, see it now, because this really is a film that will only work in a cinema. Don't expect much more than eye candy though.

em_fiction gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Sat 10 Jan 2004

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Reader comments

  1. Hi Michael,
    It's me Mia would like to say thank you. for puting me in it and you made one mistake i'm nine not eight.
    From your sister Mia xoxo.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Mia on Sat 10 Jan 2004 22:49 #

  2. Dear Robert,
    I think your
    movies rock.

    From,
    Christopher

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from Christopher on Sun 23 Apr 2006 02:13 #

  3. Sehr nützlich, informativ und anschaulich!

    Rating given: 5

    A comment from udlp@yahoo.com on Sun 04 Jun 2006 22:30 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 7.33 (3 ratings)

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