Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.
Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.
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
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One of the gold items Carmen picks and tosses away in the treasure chamber is the small gold idol from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). See more »
Carmen calls for "rebreathers" in the Drangonfly sub. However, when she and Juni are swimming, they release bubbles associated with standard scuba respirators. Rebreathers recycle much of the gases in the system, reducing or virtually eliminating bubbles. See more »
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 »
Another winner in Robert Rodriguez' budding `Spy Kids' franchise, equally as
good as the first and showing real potential for the future. Rodriguez is
perhaps the only filmmaker of kids' movies that seems to actually listen to
what kids want and in the process delivers something every family member can
indulge in--it's as delicious as chocolate, with plenty of giggles aimed at
the seven to ten crowd and dazzling ideas and humor that parents can
appreciate. Rodriguez has an extremely fertile imagination and while his
visuals sometimes can't keep up (the digital effects are an occasional
letdown) the concepts themselves are so ambitious and delightful that it's
easy to look past the brief technological shortcomings. As in the first
film, there are plenty of references to family films of the past (most
notably `Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory' and the stop-action animation
of Ray Harryhausen) and the overall design of both films is very similar.
(Rodriguez seems to prefer shooting at twilight, giving everything an orange
hue.) But it does seem more expansive, perhaps because he's creative enough
to incorporate welcome new characters, such as the kids' grandparents
(played with relish by Ricardo Montalban and Holland Taylor) and another
brother-sister spy team (Emily Osment and Disney Channel favorite Matthew
O'Leary) as well as fresh retakes on characters from the first film (Steve
Buscemi takes on the Alan Cumming role). Rodriguez' screenplay once again
takes on the theme of family but this time it's carried poignantly
throughout (it got dropped rather quickly in `Spy Kids') and the result,
coupled with his extraordinary vision, is a film that will thoroughly
satisfy just about everyone.
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