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Friday March 12
Agent Cody Banks, the teen secret agent who last year helped MGM bide a bit of boxoffice time while awaiting the arrival of the next real James Bond installment, crosses over the pond to again save the world in Agent Cody Banks: Destination London.
In terms of inspiration or even the slightest shred of ingenuity, Banks ranks more like an 000 than an 007.
Even more than the so-called original, the sequel's content to trot out the flimsiest of heavily worn spy-movie cliches without bothering to give star Frankie Muniz an opportunity to pull off anything truly heroic or at the very least quick-witted.
That probably won't bother its not-so-demanding junior demo, but even that segment seemed a little restless at a preview screening, which could portend OK but at less-than-stellar numbers.
While the first Cody Banks was able to have some fun with its young protagonist trying to maintain a "normal" teenage life while undergoing all that extensive spy training, the second quickly dispenses with a similar summer camp scenario before sending Muniz's Banks off to England, where a rogue CIA agent is planning to implement a stolen, top-secret mind-control device for his own diabolical purposes.
With Hilary Duff, his previous partner in crime-fighting, now busy with her own film career, Banks is paired up with Derek (the ubiquitous Anthony Anderson), a CIA reject who's recruited to protect Cody Cover's as a clarinet prodigy at an elite music boarding school.
When he's not faking practicing, Cody runs around London on the trail of the bad guys with a little help from a fellow student (Hannah Spearritt) who just happens to be Cody's British secret service counterpart.
As directed by Kevin Allen and written by Don Rhymer, there's a whole lot of running around going on without pausing to get maximum mileage out of such potential goodies as dental retainer listening devices, exploding Mentos and piano-playing pooches.
Rather than give much in the way of day-saving to do, Muniz and company have to settle for taking in the local scenery (actually provided by London, not Vancouver), which has been colorfully captured by cinematographer Denis Crossan.
Agent Cody Banks: Destination London
MGM MGM Pictures presentsa Bob Yari/Maverick Films/Dylan Sellers production
Director: Kevin Allen
Screenwriter: Don Rhymer
Based on the characters created by: Jeffrey Jurgensen
Director of photography: Denis Crossan
Production designer: Richard Holland
Editor: Andrew MacRitchie
Costume designer: Steven Noble
Music: Mark Thomas
Agent Cody Banks: Frankie Muniz
Derek: Anthony Anderson
Mrs. Banks: Cynthia Stevenson
Mr. Banks: Daniel Roebuck
Emily: Hannah Spearritt
CIA director: Keith David
Jo Kenworth: Anna Chancellor
Diaz: Keith Allen
Kenworth: James Faulkner
Running time -- 99 minutes
MPAA rating: PG »
1 item from 2004
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