SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER

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Release Date: July 25, 2003

Starring: Daryl Sabara, Alexa Vega,
Ricardo Montalban, Sylvester
Stallone, Amntonio Banderas,
Carla Cugino, Salma Hayek, and
Courtney Jines

Genre: Spy Thriller/Comedy

Audience: Older children to
adults REVIEWER: Lisa Rice and
Dr. Tom Snyder SPY KIDS 3D:
GAME OVER is exuberant,
spirited and playful, a
rollicking romp filled with
dazzling effects, a TRON for
the 21st Century. It’s
another successful family
movie from Robert Rodriguez,
who first made his name
producing adult thrillers with
a Latino edge, like EL
MARIACHI and DESPERADO. GAME
OVER opens with Juni Cortez
telling viewers that he’s
left the OSS spy agency and
become a private detective,
finding lost toys and rescuing
cats from trees. When his
sister, Carmen, gets trapped
in a video game designed by an
evil genius named “The
Toymaker,” the OSS recruits
Juni to go into the insidious
game to rescue her. With help
from his handicapped
grandfather, who lost the use
of his legs because of The
Toymaker, Juni sets out to
conquer the first three levels
of the video game so that he
can get to Level 4 where The
Toymaker has imprisoned
Carmen. Juni is afraid,
however, that his grandfather
may seek revenge against The
Toymaker, releasing him from
the cyberspace world in which
the OSS imprisoned
him. Rodriguez has gone one
step further in the third SPY
KIDS movie. In this one, he
creates a complete fantasy
world filled with robots,
creatures, surrealistic
images, and computer graphics.
Some of the monsters might be
a little too scary for younger
children, but the images
Rodriguez creates are simply
outstanding. If you and your
children can get beyond the
cumbersome 3D glasses, you and
they will have a thoroughly
enjoyable time, despite some
exaggerated acting at times
that breaks the illusion. Once
again, Daryl Sabara and Alexa
Vega do a wonderful job as
Juni and Carmen. Despite his
real-life health problems,
Ricardo Montalban, as the
kindly but tough grandfather,
recalls his powerful work in
the pop culture classic STAR
TREK II: THE WRATH OF KLHAN,
only this time he gets to play
a good guy. Sylvestor Stallone
adds a delightful touch of
lunacy in his role as the
off-kilter Toymaker. Best of
all, SPY KIDS 3D has many
spiritual parallels. First of
all, it demonstrates the
Christian, video game
expression "new level, new
devil?" The evil video game
shows a progression of warfare
with jumping frogs, giant
robot fight, tinker toy guys,
a lava monster, and, finally
the big bad devil himself,
Sylvester Stallone. In our
everyday lives as Christians,
we will face many new devils,
and some old ones, as we grow
toward Christian maturity. The
movie also extols family in
that the boy calls his infirm
grandfather into the game and
draws on his wisdom at every
turn. Especially noteworthy is
Ricardo Montalban’s great
speech about forgiveness,
humility, patience, and other
virtues. His speech gives the
movie its strong Christian
premise at the end – that
forgiveness conquers sin, or
evil, and brings
redemption. There is, however,
a politically correct
reference to "everyone is
family," which is questioned
as absurd at the beginning,
but which is played out fully
at the end, but in a good way.
The six children who
accompanied one of our
reviewers can't wait to go
back. They felt they were
really inside the coolest
video game in the world. Bravo
to the filmmakers for making a
high-tech kid thriller with
such incredible
messages! Please address your
comments to: Bob Weinstein &
Harvey Weinstein Dimension
Films 99 Hudson Street, 5th
Floor New York, NY
10013 Phone: (212)
219-4100 Fax: (212)
941-3836 Website:
www.dimensionfilms.com

Rating: PG

Runtime: 91 minutes

Distributor: Dimension Films/Miramax (Buena
Vista)

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Executive Producer: Bob Weinstein and Harvey
Weinstein

Producer: Elizabeth Avellan and Robert
Rodriguez

Writer: Robert Rodriguez

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Content:

(CCC, BBB, PC, V) Very strong Christian worldview where forgiveness conquers evil and redeems the sinner, plus strong moral elements regarding family, humility, and love with one politically correct element stretches the definition of family a little bit; no foul language; non-threatening action violence, but some of the monsters might be a little scary for younger children, including two children use robots to fight each other in video game setting, video game race with crashes, monsters chase children in video game, lava threatens children and adult, and people fight video game robots that have entered the real world; and, nothing else objectionable.

GENRE: Spy Thriller/Comedy

CCC

BBB

PC

V

Summary:

In SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER, Juni Cortez must rescue his sister, Carmen, trapped in a video game controlled by the evil Toymaker. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez imagines a complete fantasy world filled with amazing robots, creatures, surrealistic images, and other computer graphics. It is full of heart, moral virtues and strong Christian principles.

Review:

SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER is exuberant, spirited and playful, a rollicking romp filled with dazzling effects, a TRON for the 21st Century. It’s another successful family movie from Robert Rodriguez, who first made his name producing adult thrillers with a Latino edge, like EL MARIACHI and DESPERADO.

GAME OVER opens with Juni Cortez telling viewers that he’s left the OSS spy agency and become a private detective, finding lost toys and rescuing cats from trees. When his sister, Carmen, gets trapped in a video game designed by an evil genius named “The Toymaker,” the OSS recruits Juni to go into the insidious game to rescue her. With help from his handicapped grandfather, who lost the use of his legs because of The Toymaker, Juni sets out to conquer the first three levels of the video game so that he can get to Level 4 where The Toymaker has imprisoned Carmen. Juni is afraid, however, that his grandfather may seek revenge against The Toymaker, releasing him from the cyberspace world in which the OSS imprisoned him.

Rodriguez has gone one step further in the third SPY KIDS movie. In this one, he creates a complete fantasy world filled with robots, creatures, surrealistic images, and computer graphics. Some of the monsters might be a little too scary for younger children, but the images Rodriguez creates are simply outstanding. If you and your children can get beyond the cumbersome 3D glasses, you and they will have a thoroughly enjoyable time, despite some exaggerated acting at times that breaks the illusion. Once again, Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega do a wonderful job as Juni and Carmen. Despite his real-life health problems, Ricardo Montalban, as the kindly but tough grandfather, recalls his powerful work in the pop culture classic STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KLHAN, only this time he gets to play a good guy. Sylvestor Stallone adds a delightful touch of lunacy in his role as the off-kilter Toymaker.

Best of all, SPY KIDS 3D has many spiritual parallels.

First of all, it demonstrates the Christian, video game expression "new level, new devil?" The evil video game shows a progression of warfare with jumping frogs, giant robot fight, tinker toy guys, a lava monster, and, finally the big bad devil himself, Sylvester Stallone. In our everyday lives as Christians, we will face many new devils, and some old ones, as we grow toward Christian maturity.

The movie also extols family in that the boy calls his infirm grandfather into the game and draws on his wisdom at every turn. Especially noteworthy is Ricardo Montalban’s great speech about forgiveness, humility, patience, and other virtues. His speech gives the movie its strong Christian premise at the end – that forgiveness conquers sin, or evil, and brings redemption.

There is, however, a politically correct reference to "everyone is family," which is questioned as absurd at the beginning, but which is played out fully at the end, but in a good way. The six children who accompanied one of our reviewers can't wait to go back. They felt they were really inside the coolest video game in the world.

Bravo to the filmmakers for making a high-tech kid thriller with such incredible messages!

Please address your comments to:

Bob Weinstein & Harvey Weinstein

Dimension Films

99 Hudson Street, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 219-4100

Fax: (212) 941-3836

Website: www.dimensionfilms.com

SUMMARY: In SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER, Juni Cortez must rescue his sister, Carmen, trapped in a video game controlled by the evil Toymaker. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez imagines a complete fantasy world filled with amazing robots, creatures, surrealistic images, and other computer graphics. It is full of heart, moral virtues and strong Christian principles.

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