Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

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Overview

The first American theatrically released 3-D movie from a major studio since 1991's Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is the third entry in three years in Robert Rodriguez's family-oriented action-adventure series. Along with the four members of the Cortez family, played by Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, and Daryl Sabara, most of the characters from the first two films have returned, including Fegan Floop Alan Cumming, Romero Steve Buscemi, Machete Danny Trejo, Dinky Winks ...
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Overview

The first American theatrically released 3-D movie from a major studio since 1991's Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is the third entry in three years in Robert Rodriguez's family-oriented action-adventure series. Along with the four members of the Cortez family, played by Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, and Daryl Sabara, most of the characters from the first two films have returned, including Fegan Floop Alan Cumming, Romero Steve Buscemi, Machete Danny Trejo, Dinky Winks Bill Paxton, and Donnagon Mike Judge. This time around, Carmen Vega is kidnapped by the evil Toymaker Sylvester Stallone and imprisoned inside a virtual-reality game. It's then up to Juni Sabara to venture into the game and save his sister from the villain's clutches. The film's three-dimensional segments take place inside the game. Also starring Salma Hayek, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is actually the first of two 2003 films directed by Rodriguez that complete a trilogy, the other being Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the third installment in the El Mariachi saga.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
3-D or not 3-D? This features-packed two-disc set gives you the option. The two-dimensional version (retitled simply as Spy Kids 3) omits Fegan Floop's prologue and the glasses-on-and-off cues. The three-dimensional version may be harder on the eyes, but the state-of-the-art 3-D effects will distract viewers from the underwhelming story. Game Over completes Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids trilogy, although it is less a sequel than a Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) spin-off. The ex-secret agent turned pint-sized private eye returns to the fold when his sister Carmen (Alexa Vega) becomes trapped inside a computer game. Juni's mission: Enter the game, progress to the unwinnable Level 5, and stop the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone) before he enslaves the world's youth. 3-D is not the optimum way to view a film, but we've come a long way since the ping-pong-paddling barker in House of Wax -- or even "Dr. Tongue’s 3-D House of Stewardesses" on SCTV. Pogo-hopping frogs and other extreme virtual thrills spill off the screen. Unfortunately, the rest of the Cortez clan is reduced to mere cameos. The lone exception is Juni's wheelchair-bound grandfather (a game Ricardo Montalban), who has some unfinished business with the Toymaker. No doubt, Rodriguez wanted to do for Stallone what Tarantino did for John Travolta, but the Italian Stallion remains a little rocky when it comes to comedy. Still, the ceaselessly inventive Rodriguez keeps the 3-D effects and the whiz-bang action set pieces coming. By the time Game is over, bedazzled young viewers will want to play it again.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
3-D movies have, since their inception in the '50s, always looked cheap. The point in making a 3-D film has always been to let the audience enjoy the novelty of the experience rather than to cook up an engaging story. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over fits that model perfectly. The story, little more than a mishmash of Tron and The Matrix, is nothing more than a solid excuse to set up the 3-D world. What matters in a movie like this is the energy, ingenuity, and imagination of the filmmakers. Robert Rodriguez has proven that he has all three of those things in droves, making him one of the few directors who can, with his infectious sense of fun, overcome material this incoherent, trivial, and dismissible. Each of the first two Spy Kids films, especially the first one, was solid family entertainment that had a big heart. While Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is good for what it is, it is something far less than its predecessors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • UPC: 786936235555
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas Gregorio Cortez
Carla Gugino Ingrid Cortez
Alexa Vega Carmen Cortez
Daryl Sabara Juni Cortez
Ricardo Montalban Grandfather
Holland Taylor Grandmother
Sylvester Stallone The Toymaker
Mike Judge Donnagon
Matt O'Leary Gary Giggles
Emily Osment Gerti Giggles
Cheech Marin Felix Gumm
Bobby Edner Francis the Brain
Courtney Jines Demetra
Ryan Pinkston Arnold
Robert D. Vito Rez
Danny Trejo Machete
Alan Cumming Fegan Floop
Tony Shalhoub Alexander Minion
Salma Hayek Cesca Giggles
Steve Buscemi Romero
Bill Paxton Dinky Winks
George Clooney Devlin
Camille Chen Processor
Bob Fonseca Agent Damage Report
Selena Gomez Waterpark Girl
Peter Marquardt OSS Agent #2
James Paxton Dinky Winks Jr.
Glen Powell Jr. Long-Fingered Boy
Alejandro Rose-Garcia Edog
Evan Sabara Creepy Kid
Lane Turney Logos
Steve Wertheimer Agent Hot Rod
Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director, Score Composer, Cinematographer, Editor, Original Story, Producer, Production Designer, Screenwriter
Elizabeth Avellan Producer
Ronn Basquette Set Decoration/Design
Brian Bettwy Asst. Director
Dean Beville Sound/Sound Designer
Stacy Brownrigg Sound/Sound Designer
David S. Hack Set Decoration/Design
Nina Proctor Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeanette Scott Art Director
Mary Vernieu Casting
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
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  • Posted November 24, 2010

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    Spy Kids 3-D: A pain in the eyes.

    Speaking as someone who really enjoyed the first two Spy Kids films, I'm afraid I must say that Roger Ebert's right, "3-D sucks, always has, maybe always will" and watching the 3-D part is like seeing it "through a dirty window". The fact that it's really hard to get the 3-D effect to work when you wear glasses like I do doesn't help either. The eye strain's bad as well with mine practically burning by the end. I'd be waiting for the DVD where I could hopefully watch it normally, but there other problems that keep me being too excited.

    For a movie has which has a theme of counting on your family, there certainly isn't much family to be seen. It feels like the title should have been "Spy Kid: Juni's Big Adventure" since he's the only one of the Cortezes to be seen for what seems to be about 80% of the runtime. Grampa Montalban wanders in and out of proceedings seemly at random and doesn't do much to further the plot. Carmen only enters the film near the end and seems to gotten a whole lot grumpier since we last saw her. The rest of the family's parts are miniscule, basically glorified cameos.

    It seems like a lot of necessary footage was left on the cutting room floor and a lot of unnescessary stuff left in. The reasons for Juni's situation at the beginning and what the Toymaker did in the past are barely even hinted at. Along with the whole "trapped in cyberspace for 30 years" thing which doesn't make a whole of sense, an ending which makes no sense whatsoever, and endless action sequences with little point to them, it makes for a confusing and frustrating film which feels like it takes forever to end.

    I did enjoy Stallone in his first good part in ages and the reunion at the end was nice to see, but in the end I have to give this one a thumbs down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What was that?????

    I really liked the first maovie, but this one really wierd. It made no sense at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best moive ever

    the moive was great but they did not show enough of carmen (alexa taga).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Teriffic MOVIE!

    This movie is like totally great! I like it when it was in 3D it's WAY COOL!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome movie!******************

    This was the best 3-D movie I have ever seen!Alexa Vega is totally hot!( except she's only in the movie for 12 minutes...) But still, I loved this movie!It is completely awesome, and I hope you all buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    This is what I think of Spy Kids 3 - D game over

    I loved the movie Spy Kids 3-D game over I like the 3-D AFFECTS they are so cool!!! like when Carmen Cortez(Alexa Vega)reaches her arm out right at the screen it is the best movie I have ever seen!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spy Kids okay

    Spy Kids 3-D is an okay movie, though wearing glasses might hurt your eyes, like all of them, this is about Carmen and Juni, but this is different from the Spy Kids 1 and Spy kids 2, the spy kids Carmen and Juni have grown up, and Carmen is trap in a game and juni has to save her, the movie doesn't measure up to the 1st and the 2st but is sufficient and like Christian's hope, a movie that includs family too

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