SPY KIDS 2: ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS (2002 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Stars ììì

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams—designed for kids aged 10 and up—manages its high points with its gadgets and gizmos, but trashes itself with a lame script that places it in the ‘not the best film in this series’ category. Two things of interest are: the portrayal of Troublemaker Studios as a theme park and the many different forms of minimized animals as constructed by the character Romero (Steve Buscemi).

Storyline

Carmen Cortez (Alexa PenaVega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) save the President’s Daughter (Taylor Momsen) at Troublemaker Studios Theme Park, but find themselves on a bigger mission to retrieve an electronic device that can shut off all the world’s electricity. They go head to head with power hungry Donnagan Giggles (Mike Judge), find that goals are better achieved when an entire family is involved, prove that right is might, and that stories are meant to have happy endings.

Additional Thanks

Good Work for Director and Producer Robert Rodriguez. Thank you to Executive Producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Gregorio Cortez (Antonio Banderas), Ingrid Cortez (Carla Gugino), Isador ‘Machete’ Cortez (Danny Trejo), Felix Gumm (Cheech Marin), Gary Giggles (Matt O’Leary), Gerti Giggles (Emily Osment), Grandfather (Ricardo Montalban), Grandmother (Holland Taylor), Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming), and President of the USA (Christopher McDonald).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. What it lacks in storyline is partially redeemed in special effects.

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