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Spy Kids 3D: Game Over

By Tom Siebert | Posted

This potentially seizure-inducing second sequel in the rapid-fire Spy Kids series from (deep breath) writer/director/cameraman/editor/composer Robert Rodriguez is so incredibly loud and--through the retro wonder of 3D--in your face, it practically assaults the audience into drooling, idiotic submission. The plot is Tron rebooted: Sister spy kid (Alexa Vega), trapped in a video game, must be rescued by brother spy kid (Daryl Sabara). The result is a trip to the amusement park, not a movie, and there's nothing good here in the conventional sense: story, acting, dialogue, charm, all are sacrificed to the "ride." Those clunky 3D glasses still don't work perfectly, but they work enough to make a few of the action sequences--most notably a battle between giant rock-'em sock-'em robots and a jaw-dropping car race on an obstacle course--consciousness-invading experiences like nothing I've ever seen. In addition to last-minute quickie appearances from spy parents Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino, the long list of cameos includes George Clooney, Bill Paxton, Salma Hayek, Elijah Wood, Steve Buscemi, Alan Cumming, Mike Judge, and probably a few others I forgot. Plus, Sylvester Stallone in multiple roles as the supervillain and his split personalities, proving he's a good sport as well as a terrible actor.

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