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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)

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Carmen's caught in a virtual reality game designed by the Kids' new nemesis, the Toymaker. It's up to Juni to save his sister, and ultimately the world.

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Robert Rodriguez

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Gregorio Cortez
Carla Gugino ... Ingrid Cortez
Alexa PenaVega ... Carmen Cortez (as Alexa Vega)
Daryl Sabara ... Juni Cortez
Ricardo Montalban ... Grandfather
Holland Taylor ... Grandmother
Sylvester Stallone ... Toymaker
Mike Judge ... Donnagon Giggles
Salma Hayek ... Cesca Giggles
Matt O'Leary ... Gary Giggles
Emily Osment ... Gerti Giggles
Ryan Pinkston ... Arnold (as Ryan James Pinkston)
Robert Vito ... Rez
Bobby Edner ... Francis
Courtney Jines ... Demetra
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Storyline

Under-age agents Juni and Carmen Cortez set out on their newest most mind-blowing mission yet: journeying inside the virtual reality world of a 3-D video game designed to outsmart them, as the awe-inspiring graphics and creatures of gaming come to real life. Relying on humor, gadgetry, bravery, family bonds and lightning-quick reflexes, the Spy Kids must battle through tougher and tougher levels of the game, facing challenges that include racing against road warriors and surfing on boiling lava, in order to save the world from a power hungry villain. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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The game is up See more »


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Rated PG for action sequences and peril | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over See more »

Filming Locations:

Comal County, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,417,739, 27 July 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$111,761,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$197,011,982
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Juni and Grandpa emerge from the game, Grandpa says that the armrests on his wheelchair are covered in rich Corinthian leather. This is a reference to actor Ricardo Montalban's Chrysler Cordoba television commercials in the late 1970s ("The seats are upholstered in rich Corinthian leather"). See more »

Goofs

As the group runs towards the edge of the clip after being chased by Tinker Toys, Carmen is seen running past Juni. In the following shot, we see Carmen jumping off the clip, but no one is behind her. See more »

Quotes

Juni: [Juni, Rez, Arnold, Grandpa and Francis have just finished the Mega Race and passed through the portal to level 3. They see flying computer chips around indicating that the Programmerz are around]
[nervously]
Juni: Alright, this is cool. We'll get there in no time.
Francis: [looking around to see the flying chips] What is this?
[Francis sees a flying computer chip landing on his power suit and he yanks it off. He then realizes something is up]
Francis: Wait a minute!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits or company bumpers, only the message "GLASSES ON". See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical version of the movie contained some animatics made by Troublemaker Animation staff, in particular in the Pogoland scene. This was due to the fact that the animation companies Troublemaker shipped the film off to couldn't finish the animation in time. The animation was finished for the DVD release of the film, which is why some scenes look a bit different. See more »

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References Escape from New York (1981) See more »

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Heart Drive
Written by Robert Rodriguez, Carl Thiel and Donnell "Overlord" Robinson
Performed by Bobby Edner and Alexa PenaVega (as Alexa Vega)
Produced by Carl Thiel and Robert Rodriguez
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fun for the little ones, but the series is getting stale
30 July 2003 | by argvSee all my reviews

Get your little ones ready for the game of their lives, cuz `Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over' will tickle their little bitty funny bones. This third installment of the popular `Spy Kids' series is like its predecessors in that it's high-tech, high-energy, high-fun, and high on the pro-family moral messages. What's more, it's in 3D, which requires disposable glasses, handed out at the theater. On the downside, the Spy Kids theme seems worn out, the actors have out-grown their roles, and the strong family-values messages are disingenuous and schmaltzy. In short, the cow's been milked for all its got.

But, anyway, back to the fun.

In this new adventure, Juni and Carmen Cortez find themselves on a mission to stop the release of a virtual-reality video game, aptly titled, `Game Over'. It is purported to be the best video game ever, and lines outside toy stores are growing around the country. But, the ISS has learned that the infamous `level five' captures the mind of the player, entrapping him eternally within the game. The threat, of course, is that `The Toymaker', played by Sylvester Stallone, is really out to control the minds of our youth, and thus, our future.

It turns out that The Toymaker himself is already entrapped in the game, so the only way to stop him is to actually play it. The movie begins when Juni, eager to be an `independent PI' at the age of 10, is called back to duty to the ISS to enter the game and find his sister Carmen, who had already tried to invade it, but was suspended in level 4. Juni catches up to her with the dubious help of a few experienced beta test players, who are determined to reach the 5th level on their own.

The true essence of the film is to simply show the video game, and with the 3D glasses, the 80% of the screen time that game consumes is definitely fun and worth the ride. The funny thing is, `Spy Kids 3D' makes no attempts to hide the fact that the only reason for the film is to show game. To wit, the plot points are meaningless, even to the point where the script itself acknowledges it: Juni asks why the Toymaker is caught in the game, and the answer is a humorous hand-wave, `Oh, it just happens.' The plot and characters are hurriedly scooted along to the start of the game, which then goes on and on and on, till the end, when scores of famous cameo appearances pepper the screen, all having fun and making statements about the importance of family, and yada yada yada.

Oh, it's not that there is anything wrong with such pro-family messages. But conspicuously downplayed are the genuine circumstances and feelings that were the impetus in the first, and best, of the Spy Kids trilogy.

The 3D aspect of the film involves wearing glasses that give depth to the objects on the screen. There are two ways to do this, and unfortunately, Spy Kids 3D uses the old-fashioned way, from the 1950s, where one lens is red and the other blue. The film is shot with the two colors shifted in opposite directions, and depth is perceived by the distance of the shift. Unfortunately, this mutes colors so much, that the beautiful and surreal colors expressed in the digital photography are lost. I can only assume that this was intentional, so as to give the video game its own sense of other-worldliness, which again, was nice.

With all its wild-riding and fun, Spy Kids 3D is just a movie for kids, unlike the first of the series, which was much smarter and hence, enjoyable by adults, too. So, best to drop off the little tykes at the theater with a baby sitter, and go shopping for a while. But, don't buy anything that's red and blue plaid, or your kids just may throw up on you.


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