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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

It may be time for kids today to enjoy the dynamic of 3D movies which were a part of the experience of growing up in the fifties.  Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over sustains itself will a limited script along with an abundance of special effects designed to enhance the 3D experience.

It Came From Outer Space, The Charge At Feather River, The House of Wax and The Creature From The Black Lagoon filled the screen with simple scripts and projectiles reaching out into the audience.  Westerns, Science Fiction and Horror all drew in kids to experience the red and green glasses which put them in the action (according to the studio publicity).  Director/writer Robert Rodriguez offers up the same treat for today's young crowd.

Disney's Tron had Jeff Bridges floating around in the hardware of a computer; Rodriguez places the Spy Kids into a virtual reality game created by the family's evil enemy, the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone).  If the kids can end the game Stallone loses and they are free from captivity.

Grandfather (Ricardo Montalban) has the one part that has something to say, in the game he can walk freely, dumping his wheelchair and becoming a formidable force on his grandchildren's side.  Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino the parents have very limited roles almost as limited as Elijah Wood who steps in to help and Salma Hayek who spends her time in the control room giving orders.

Very much like a video game the kids must move from level to level to solve each bout battling other players and the Toymaker; to win they must reach "Game Over."

For adults this is rather dull stuff, but for the younger set it appears to be a trip where no one has gone before, deep into a 3D screen with all that game stuff flying around the auditorium.  If Rodriguez was aiming at a young audience he hit a home run.  The most fun for adults will be listening to the kids laughing, squealing and giggling at the FX and 3D action.  For adults this film deserves a C- for kids B+.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

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