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SPYkids 2: the Island of Lost Dreams

SPYkids 2: the Island of Lost Dreams

Robert Rodriguez (2002)

95min
U Certificate
Wednesday 6am - 7:45am Sky Cinema Family
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Review

Our Score
Children's action adventures don't come any more sophisticated than director Robert Rodriguez's slick and colourful sequel to his 2001 hit SPYkids. Reflecting the increasing maturity of today's youngsters, it's tailor-made to satisfy their demanding tastes and imaginations. This time around, the Cortez kids - Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara) - are on a mission to investigate the mysterious volcanic island inhabited by a mad scientist (Steve Buscemi) and his hybrid animal creations. In a playful homage to effects specialist Ray Harryhausen's style of stop-motion animation, these mutant monsters (including fantastic Jason and the Argonauts-type skeletons) add extra excitement to the thrill-packed feature. Rodriguez utilises high production values and rapid pacing to perfection, particularly during the wonderful opening scenes in an amusement park. This makes the pint-sized espionage caper every bit as stylish and inventive as a Bond film - only unlike 007, the flashy set pieces and hi-tech gadgets are as humorous as they are clever. If only more movies were as good as this family treat.

Summary

The pint-sized secret agents investigate a mad scientist who has meddled with powerful forces and created a host of bizarre mutant animals. However, the villain is not the only problem they have to face, as another pair of youngsters are determined to outshine them. Family adventure sequel, starring Antonio Banderas, Steve Buscemi and Carla Gugino.

Cast & Crew

Gregorio Cortez Antonio Banderas
Ingrid Cortez Carla Gugino
Carmen Cortez Alexa Vega
Juni Cortez Daryl Sabara
Romero Steve Buscemi
Donnagon Mike Judge
Uncle Machete Danny Trejo
Felix Gumm Richard "Cheech" Marin
Gary Giggles Matt O'Leary
Gerti Giggles Emily Osment
Grandpa Ricardo Montalban
Grandma Holland Taylor
Floop Alan Cumming
Alexandra Taylor Momsen
President of the United States of America Christopher McDonald
Dinky Winks Bill Paxton
Alexander Minion Tony Shalhoub
Director Robert Rodriguez
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 16 Aug 2002

Childrens Drama

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