This was supposed to be the final Spy Kids movie (possibly because the two kids were getting older – Vega was fifteen when this was made), but there is a fourth (released in summer 2011) featuring a new set of characters. This one boasts 3-D effects (3-D glasses were included with the film on DVD, though there is also a 2-D version). It’s not as good as the first two films, but there’s still fun and flashiness aplenty, as young Carmen (Vega) gets mentally sucked into a computer game devised by the evil Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone, who won a Razzie for worst performance of the year for his role), and her younger brother (Sabara) is the only one who can rescue her. (It’s inside the game when things come over all three-dimensional.)
The 3-D effects aren’t great, and the film relies heavily on the charms of young Sabara, since Vega is pretty comatose during most of the movie. But there are moments of hilarity, action and adventure, and some choice cameos from Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Elijah Wood (all of whom have been in previous movies made by director Rodriguez) as well as Bill Paxton, Steve Buscemi, Tony Shalhoub and Alan Cumming from the earlier Spy Kids films. (And if you’re wondering if Stallone deserved that Razzie, the answer is, unfortunately, yes!)
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The giant robots in the game may scare younger viewers.