Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (also known as Spy Kids 3: Game Over) is a 2003 American spy adventure comedy film produced, written, shot, composed, edited, and directed by Robert Rodriguez, co-produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Dimension Films and Troublemaker Studios and the third (originally intended final) installment in the Spy Kids series. It was released in the United States on July 25, 2003 by Miramax Films. The film stars Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Ricardo Montalbán, Holland Taylor, Mike Judge, Cheech Marin, and Sylvester Stallone.
Initially intended to be the final installment in the Spy Kids series, a fourth film, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, was later released in 2011.
Pint-sized kid spy Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) faces his biggest challenge yet when he confronts the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone), a ruthless villain sentenced to virtual prison by the Organization of Super Spies. The Toymaker has captured Juni's sister, OSS agent Carmen (Alexa Vega), and is holding her inside a virtual reality environment called "Game Over." Now Juni must use his cunning to advance to the nearly impossible "Level Five" in order to rescue his sister.
- Despite the title, there is very little spying here.
- Choppy acting.
- Horrible soundtrack.
- Poor visual effects that don't improve on the other 2.
- Not to mention, the film heavily overuses green screen in both the video game world and even outside it. While the first two films are guilty about this to some extent, it's more blatantly obvious in this film.
- Weak writing.
- Stupid characters.
- Dreadful and repetitive 3D effects.
- Barely resemble a video game which this movie mostly takes place.
- Heavy-handed message about everyone being family, even when they aren't related.
- It's more gimmcky than they are creative
- Poor CGI.
- This was one of Ricardo Montalban's last films before his death and he gives a decent performance.
- At least it's not as bad as the fourth film.
- Some imaginative elements look good.
- The "Somebody ring the Dinkster?" meme spawned from this movie.
- It did make a point to where time flies when your playing video games.
- As bad as the 3D is, it convinced Hollywood that 3D technology was far past the 50s and 80s, and upped its game with Avatar 6 years later.