Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

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Director: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega

     
 

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The prepubescent, globetrotting, super-spy sibling duo from director Robert Rodriguez's surprise 2001 hit Spy Kids is back to save the world for a second time in this bigger-budget, larger-scale sequel. Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams opens with our heroes Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara), now official OSS agents, in the midst of another

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The prepubescent, globetrotting, super-spy sibling duo from director Robert Rodriguez's surprise 2001 hit Spy Kids is back to save the world for a second time in this bigger-budget, larger-scale sequel. Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams opens with our heroes Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara), now official OSS agents, in the midst of another crisis situation: They have to reclaim to the powerful Transmooker Device from the clutches of those who might try to use it to permanently disable energy on Earth. Their quest leads them to the tropical lair of Romero (Steve Buscemi), an unhinged scientist who retreated into seclusion after a daring experiment backfired on him -- as well as on a whole breed of mutant creatures. As if finding the Transmooker weren't enough, Carmen and Juni have to contend with another set of mini-spies, Gary and Gerti Giggles (Matt O'Leary and Emily Osment), who are eager to one-up the world's most-respected spy kids. Returning to Spy Kids 2 are parents Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino, as well as the evil-doers of the first film, Alan Cummings and Tony Shalhoub.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Cortez family is back to save the world in this inspired adventure that boasts awesome stunts, way-cool new gadgets, and fantastic new characters. Siblings Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara) are now members of the SPYkids division of a covert espionage agency, which by all rights should be run by their father, Gregorio (Antonio Banderas). But he has been usurped by Donnagan Giggles (Beavis and Butt-head creator Mike Judge). Also bedeviling Carmen and Juni are Giggles's kids, Gary and Gerti, who take credit for the Cortezes' heroics and also land the plum assignments. The rivalry plays out spectacularly in the invisible Island of Lost Dreams, where Carmen and Juni race to retrieve something called the Transmooker Device. The island is home to Romero (Steve Buscemi), a scientist who has created a menagerie of incredible mutated miniature creatures, such as flying pigs and spider monkeys. Like the original film, this sequel is ceaselessly inventive. In one dazzling sequence, director Robert Rodriguez pays homage to stop-motion animation wizard Ray Harryhausen with a skeleton army that recalls the sword-wielding bone soldiers in Jason and the Argonauts. In addition to cameos from Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming), Alexander Minion (Tony Shalhoub), Uncle Machete (Danny Trejo), and Felix (Cheech Marin) from the first film, Spy Kids 2 takes great delight in introducing Ricardo Montalban and Holland Taylor as Gregorio's meddling in-laws who are still not convinced that Gregorio is good enough for their daughter (Carla Gugino). They themselves are formidable agents who teach the increasingly annoyed Gregorio a trick or two. Never, for example, underestimate the power of a simple rubber band. This inspired sequel is not just kids' stuff: In fact, younger children may find some of the action and language a little rough. The features-packed DVD takes viewers deep behind the scenes, with fun and fast-paced segments that reveal the resourcefulness with which Rodriguez maintained "a big vision" on a modest budget. There are also deleted scenes that, though interesting to watch, were deleted with good reason.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Spy Kids 2, Robert Rodriguez's follow-up to his hit family action film from the previous year, manages to achieve the sense of fun and wonder of the first film, even though it lacks the sense of discovery that the first film possessed. Rodriguez thrusts the kids into an adventure that recalls both The Island of Dr. Moreau and Land of the Lost. He relies on effects more than he did in the first film, which would be a problem if he were only interested in making a buck. Fortunately, Rodriguez's heart is in the right place once again. From the throwaway jokes about new amusement park rides, to the coolest new spy gadgets, to a serpentine water monster, Rodriguez never lets the effects be the point. He is so intoxicated with a sense of wonder and fun that his giddiness comes across in every frame. While the film looks remarkably expensive, Spy Kids 2 is a triumph of imagination rather than special effects. Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara are pitch perfect as Carmen and Juni. The script is smart enough to lessen the amount and the harshness of the bickering they engage in. They have learned their lessons from the first film, but still realistically get on each other's nerves. Disappointingly, there is much less of Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino in this film. Their scenes with Ricardo Montalban and Holland Taylor are funny, but they detract from the pacing of the kids' adventure. Those scenes shoehorn the family moral into the film, a lesson that was seamlessly woven into the first film. While it may suffer slightly in comparison to the original, Spy Kids 2 is superb family entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2011
UPC:
0031398134466
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Audio commentary by Robert Rodriguez; Robert Rodriguez ten-minute film school; A new kind of stunt kid; Lost scenes with optional director's commentary; "Isle of Dreams" music video; School at Big Bond National Park; Essential gear: the gadgets of Spy Kids; Behind-the-scenes montages; "Total Sccess 24/7": "A Dday in the Life of Spy Kids"; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas Gregorio Cortez
Carla Gugino Ingrid Cortez
Alexa Vega Carmen Cortez
Daryl Sabara Juni Cortez
Steve Buscemi Romero
Mike Judge Donnagan
Danny Trejo Uncle Machete
Cheech Marin Uncle Felix
Matt O'Leary Gary Giggles
Emily Osment Gerti Giggles
Ricardo Montalban Grandfather
Holland Taylor Grandmother
Bill Paxton Theme Park Owner
Alan Cumming Fegan Floop
Taylor Momsen Actor
Christopher McDonald Actor
Tony Shalhoub Mr. Alexander Minion

Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director,Score Composer,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Elizabeth Avellan Producer
Ronn Basquette Set Decoration/Design
Brian Bettwy Asst. Director
John Debney Score Composer
John Frick Art Director
Martin Jacob Lopez Sound/Sound Designer
Graciela Mazon Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Rebecca Rodriguez Choreography
Mary Vernieu Casting
Patricia Vonne Choreography
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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My sister just got the video and she is completly in love with it. It is a very well formated movie and it is about two kids who go on a mission to find an object and end up on an island with very strange creatures. It's a great movie, you should get it from barnes and noble because they have the best price!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A huge new adventure. Slightly larger spies. The spykids are now apart of the new OSS organization, and there are spykids everywhere! Donnagan Giggles unfairly is elected the new director of the OSS. His kids ,Gary and Gerti Giggles, are given all the credit for the saving of the president's daughter. Which they did not. They also received level 1 OSS badges, and were given the Ukata assignment. But a little help by the hacking into the data files by the faithful spykid ,Carmen, all there plans changed. The spykids take a sub across the ocean called the '',Dragon Fly Sub.'' When the get to the island,Likki Likki, non of their gadgets worked! After a long adventurous journey they rescue the transmookeer device which could of shut down all of technology and change the world as we know it. World saved! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hated and dispised this terrible sequel to the original SPY KIDS, which was exceptional. But this is no excuse. with, terrible puns, bad special effects, acting that stunk out the wazoo, and the most goody-goody plot ever, I don't think even little children should watch this. It would scare them to death. Like, it would scare them so much they'd turn into the scariest thing imaginable: Carmen cortez with highlights! AAAAAAAH!
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