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Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  7 August 2002 (USA)
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The Cortez siblings set out for a mysterious island, where they encounter a genetic scientist and a set of rival spy kids.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Cortez (as Alexa Vega)


Exploring the further adventures of Carmen and Juni Cortez, who have now joined the family spy business as Level 2 OSS agents. Their new mission is to save the world from a mad scientist living on a volcanic island populated by an imaginative menagerie of creatures. On this bizarre island, none of the Cortez's gadgets work and they must rely on their wits--and each other--to survive and save the day. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG for action sequences and brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 August 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,711,716 (USA) (9 August 2002)


$198,314 (South Africa) (21 February 2003)

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Second film shoot entirely using High Definition Progressive Scan Digital Camera. Director Robert Rodriguez bought 2 digital cameras after comparing digital vs. film. See more »


When "falling" into the volcano, Carmen asks Juni how long they have been falling and he guesses "about 3 hours". He should have known that they couldn't have been actually falling for that length of time as it would only take 42 minutes to fall right though the Earth. See more »


Gertie Giggles: [horrified] Camel Poop!
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The film's MPAA rating appears at the very end of the closing credits - as part of the regular scrolling credits rather than on the screen by itself. What is also unusual is the rating usually appears at the start of a film, not the end. See more »


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Oye Como Spy
Written by Robert Rodriguez and David Garza
Performed by Los Lobos
Administered by Bug Music, Inc.
Los Lobos appears courtesy of Hollywood Records
'Oye Como Va' written by Tito Puente
Published by EMI Full Keel Music
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High energy sequel a step down from original
26 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first "Spy Kids" is an incredibly over the top but entertaining film for younger audiences and even though I still recommend this sequel I think that its just a little too over the top. Story is of course about Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) who have become top spies for their agency but now they are in competition for the best jobs by another brother/sister spy team. A gadget called the Transmooger that can shut down any defense system is stolen from the President and Juni is blamed for his carelessness. The Agency sends Gary (Matthew O'Leary) and Gerti (Emily Osment) who are the children of Donnagon (Mike Judge) who is in charge of Operations so Carmen hacks into the computer and has the mission changed so that she and Juni are sent instead. They travel underwater to an island that is invisible and inhabited by strange looking creatures but they have to hurry because Gary and Gerti will be showing up eventually to get the Transmooger that they are trying to find as well. The meet Romero (Steve Buscemi) who is hidden underground because he was the one that created all the creatures and he thinks they want to kill him. Meanwhile, Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) and Ingrid Cortez (Carla Gugino) are in pursuit to find their children along with the help of Grandfather (Ricardo Montalban) and Grandmother (Holland Taylor).

Not only did Robert Rodriguez direct this film but he also wrote, edited, produced, scored and did the production design. I'm sure he did other things as well and this shows that he remembers his days as a poor independent filmmaker with this type of self reliance. Rodriguez has a wild imagination and its not uncommon in his films for him to throw everything at an audience but the kitchen sink. This film is chock full of digital effects and at times it bordered on being more animated than live action. As much as I enjoyed the first film I always told people that I thought it would be even better if the story was more simplified. Have the kids in more realistic situations like James Bond but instead we got a cartoonish film with walking thumbs and gadgets that even Bond himself would laugh at. Here in this sequel it goes even more over the top with such outlandish situations that even Indiana Jones would be clueless. I couldn't decide which was more incredible, the giant monsters on the island or the fact that parents were sending their small children out on dangerous missions to save the world! Another thing I noticed was the sister of Haley Joel Osment who plays one of the other spy kids. It may be too soon to judge her but after watching Emily Osment's performance in this film she should beg her brother for acting lessons. She has an eternity to go. I am recommending this film for its wild imagination and high tech energy and their are some nice tributes to the great Ray Harryhausen but if they continue to make these sequels they might want to think about simplifying the stories.

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