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Kris gives the first review of SPY KIDS 2: ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS!

Hey folks, Harry here with the first review I've seen anywhere of Robert Rodriguez's SPY KIDS 2: ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS. I see the film pretty soon, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing what Robert has done with it this time out. Good Kid Movies are awesome. This Saturday I'm hosting the monthly edition of the Saturday Morning Kids Club presentation of THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG - can't wait to see old Jack Elam and Knotts on screen again. Anyway, this sounds like another fun kids film, here ya go...

Hey Harry. Kris here from Oscar

I attended a critics' screening of Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams" Thursday morning, and I thought I'd write in with my thoughts.

Firstly, I won't divulge too much of the plot. Not that I don't want to spill the beans, there really aren't many to spill. It's more like the plot just isn't THAT interesting to dig into here. But the style of the film and the characters ARE.

Well, those familiar with the first film know how absurd and over-the-top the humor was. Also, those who have seen Rodriguea's student film, "Bedhead," know where these tendencies stem from.

In the new installment, the story centers around the Spy Kids division of OSS. There are other Spy Kids along with the familiar Carmen and Juni Cortez (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara respectively). Tww in particular. The typical asshole kid (played by Matthew O'Leary) who Carmen is OF COURSE stuck on, and his kid sister, a brat, played by Emily Osment.

Much of the story centers around the competition between these two teams, and their journey to recover a device that COULD DESTROY THE WORLD.

Of course.

Well, their journey leads them to the mysterious Island of Lost Dreams where a mad scientist, Romero (a hilarious Steve Buscemi) has accidentally created a race of cross-bread animals. The device the Spy Kids are after is on this dangerous island, and they are thrown in a race to retrieve it. Who will get their first, and whose side is everyone on...really?

Well, that's a little bit of the plot, but I have to say the funniest things in this movie will be found in the beginning with Bill Paxton playing a wacky theme park creator and his RIDICULOUS rides. The Vomiter, the juggler, can imagine.

Also, Mike Judge has a featured role as a bit of an enemy named Donnagon, father of the other two Spy Kids, who wants the device so that he can take over the world, etc., etc.

Making brief return appearances are Alan Cumming and Tony Shalhoub in their respective absurd roles.

And as usual, Danny Trejo is simply PRICELESS.

In addition, for the fans of Lord of the Rings and Raiders of the Lost Ark, you'll find some amusing homages to those films in "Spy Kids 2."

If you enjoyed the first film, I definitely recommend the sequel. I laughed at least once every minute, and I'll likely check it out again.

Also, Antonio Banderas and Carlo Gugino reprose their roles, and the comedy in a twitch of Banderas' face is worth a THOUSAND laughs.

It's funny stuff, and while not up to par with the first film necessarily, it is certainly a riot on its own merits. It's a SEQUEL though, so that should be expected.

Take the two and a half hours to see this one when it is released August 7.


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  • July 26, 2002, 3:46 a.m. CST

    I'd much rather my kids watch these movies than that Pokemon

    by Cash Bailey

    And I've always thought that Antonio Banderas was a natural comic performer (just watch any of his Almadovar flicks). I can't wait to see him and Khan square off.

  • July 26, 2002, 4:09 a.m. CST

    I re-iterate: Antonio Banderas is one funny futher-mucker!!

    by Cash Bailey

    Just watch THE 13TH WARRIOR. Ok, that was a joke. I like that movie! But he really does deserve a great comedy vehicle.

  • July 26, 2002, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I know it's old news but does anyone know exactly wh

    by Cash Bailey

    I read somewhere that he wanted too much money for the budget, which just sounds ridiculous considering who he is and all.

  • July 26, 2002, 4:16 a.m. CST

    And when are we gonna get some FEMME FATALE news on this site?

    by Cash Bailey

    I know Mori dogged the script to pieces but it's De Palma, for God's sake!

  • July 26, 2002, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Cash, you going for a record?

    by SamWave

    "The most posts on a Talkback before anybody can actually answer one of them" :-) I still think that the scene in 13th Warrior where Banderas is learning the nordic language is great.

  • July 26, 2002, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Well, I figure...

    by Cash Bailey

    ...that if I have a couple of questions out there there must be at least one reasonably sensible person over the age of 13 on this site who may actually answer one of them. And every time I watch that 'language to language' scene in THE 13TH WARROIR I can never resist hissing "I LISTENED!!" along with Antonio. I think that scene smokes the similar one in RED OCTOBER.

  • "Whatcha doin' in the baby goods aisle there, brother and sister? Hey, a pram-tank. Oh shiii..."

  • July 26, 2002, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Spy Kids 3: The World of Lost Toys

    by Lordhoban

    I thought the first film was entertaining.. a reprisement of the old movie serials they used to have.. 'Adventures of Flash Gordon', which is essentually what AOTC was as well.. so, it's fun in that sense.. Oh, and Cash, don't knock the Pokemon! If you're gonna down anything, at least go for stuff like 'Spongebob willy', or Powerpuff girls.. eck.. anyway, I'll quiet down now..

  • July 26, 2002, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Spy Kids 3: Pimple of Doom

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    You know because the girl will be older and shit.

  • July 26, 2002, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by dougmac

    Why is he only goodin Rodrigez films? Can't someone else get good results out of him also? Also Rodrigez didn't do Zorro supposedly because he didn't want the responsibility of the high budget, and his fans should read his book (Rebel Without A Crew), it is very entertaining

  • July 26, 2002, 9:45 a.m. CST

    by Christopher3

  • July 26, 2002, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Mmmmmm....Cross-bread animals....

    by WeedyMcSmokey

    I like mine with a little mustard....I hate harping on spelling and grammar, but at times i do question the credibility of opinions if they can't fucking communicate.

  • July 26, 2002, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Pssst... Cash Bailey

    by Filthy Fox

    DePalma fucking sucks!

  • July 26, 2002, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I'd rather not watch this shit or Pokemon!

    by Batutta

    Didn't care for the first Spy Kids. I don't think it transcended it's nickelodeon genre to become a truly worthwile kids film, despite what Harry thinks, and we all know he's got a hard-on for his marginally talented Austin buddie.

  • July 26, 2002, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Cash Bailey, it wasn't that as far as i know. He just propo

    by hank_scorpio

  • July 26, 2002, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Spy Kids 3: The Girl Starts Looking More And More Like Jailbait

    by happywaffle


  • July 26, 2002, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Cash Bailey, "Femme Fatale" Is AWFUL!

    by Elaine

    Admittedly, Antonio Banderas has one VERY funny scene, but the film itself is laughably bad. Think the worst ingredient of "Body Double" (De Palma's total lack of insight into female psychology) topped with the improbability of "Mission: Impossible" and an unbelievable heap of cliches, and you've got "Femme Fatale." I mean it -it's BAD.

  • July 26, 2002, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Gee, it was KIND of frustrating how this REVIEWER randomly put W

    by Lance Rock

  • July 26, 2002, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by Sofa King

    What the hell is it with geeks and bitching about movies which AREN'T AIMED FOR PEOPLE THEIR AGE?

  • July 26, 2002, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by Captain_Obvious

    I read that George Clooney would have a cameo in this movie. Anyone know if it's true? He's such a dream boat! If I was gay I'd marry Dr. Ross. But I'm not! Heh.

  • July 26, 2002, 8:37 p.m. CST


    by Drop Johnson

    That sucks! The trailer for Spy Kids 2 aaalllmost had me because of the special effects. I thought it looked like neo-Harryhausen in a GOOD way. no? I'd go so far as to say that the arena scene in AOTC looked INSPIRED by some of the Mysterious Island/Jason & The Argonauts stuff... but that crack in the headline of your post almost sounded like a slam. There was plenty to not like about AOTC but (imo) the arena scene was one of the most startlingly fantastic orgiastic cgi geek out mind blowing make me grin like a junkie when the smack hits my brain moments in cinematic history. Oh well.. SK2 looks like a rental anyway.

  • July 26, 2002, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Any Questions for Them?

    by fantasticx

    I'm trying to work it out with our local ad agency, but I might get a chance to interview some of the cast and hopefully Rodriguez after the junket this interview and I was wondering if any of you have any pressing questions for them...let me know and I'll be happy to try and get you an answer.

  • July 27, 2002, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I am so fucking sick of reading this statement over and over aga

    by Shabba McDoo

    Ok, so it's alright for geeks to blow a giant load over a movie that's not aimed for people their age, but it's too fucking taboo to complain about those same movies? So, it's ok for me to love Toy Story 2 and to worship all things Spirited Away, but when a pile of shit like Spy Kids or Spy Kids 2 is forced upon me via my favorite website, I can't even mumble in disregard? Fuck you and fuck everyone that follows that line of thinking.

  • July 27, 2002, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Shabba McDoo

    by Sofa King

    I never said you CAN'T- I'm just asking-WHY? It was a question, not a command. Notice that it began with the word "what" and ended with a question mark. I also never recall saying that is WAS ok for you to love Toy Story 2 or to worship all things Spirited Away (I'm not saying people shouldn't, but unless I say that it's ok, you shouldn't imply that I have). I have another question- What is it with people who act like little bitches when they read anything slightly critical about them and respond by saying things like "Fuck you and fuck everyone that follows that line of thinking" instead thinking about it and coming up with a useful, substantive response?

  • July 28, 2002, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Substantive? "Fuck you" wasn't substantive enough?

    by Shabba McDoo

    Also, since you seem to think I'M the one with a comprehension problem, read this one more time: "I am so fucking sick of reading this statement over and over again." Then I went on to quote some silly-ass question you asked, and hence used you as an example. That's you. An example. Calm down, eat your potato chips and watch Oprah. Enough with the fucking stupid questions.

  • July 28, 2002, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Talent

    by CoolDan989

    This movie looks AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL. And the first movie wasn't so hot either. No way am I seeing this one.

  • July 28, 2002, 9:01 a.m. CST

    If you don't like SK, why are you reading about SK2????

    by markl

    SK is a great kids flick. Much better than the animated crap like Pokemon and Jimmy Neutron aimed at kids today. Pokemon is not much more than a glorified cock-fight. SK is good fun that the entire family can enjoy and I hope the sequel lives up to the original. Now, if SK isn't your cup of tea, fine. Quit your bitching and go find a topic that actually INTERESTS you. There's no agenda here other than providing info to people who want it.

  • July 28, 2002, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Shabba McDoo:You're a Buffy fan, aren't you?

    by Sofa King

    You still haven't answered either question, you just rant like an idiot. Also, you're the one pitching the fit like a pre-teen on her first period- telling me to calm down is rather silly.

  • July 28, 2002, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Read, Helen Keller. R-E-A-D.

    by Shabba McDoo

    Your stupid questions were not only answered, but were also made fun of in quite some length. You're obviously a moron if you have to ask why movie geeks make fun of these shit franchises.

  • July 28, 2002, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by Sofa King

    Neither of them were answered. You have yet to explain either why you are bitching about a child's moive OR why you publicly advertise your stupidity by responding to valid questions with childish insults. "Fuck you and fuck everyone that follows that line of thinking. " is not an answer to a question, unless that question is "Are you stuck with the intellectual capacity of a 12-year old." (in which, of course, the answer is yes).

  • July 28, 2002, 8:08 p.m. CST

    This is an obvious studio plant...

    by UnChienAndalou question about it. Speaking of RR, I watched From Dusk Till Dawn last night in a drunken stupor and I realized that the movie is bad and unredeemable.

  • July 29, 2002, 2:25 p.m. CST

    "but when a pile of shit like Spy Kids or Spy Kids 2 is forced u

    by minderbinder

    Why not? Because SK *isn't* a pile of shit, you moron. (I guess you just have bad taste?) Hope the 2nd is as good as the first.

  • July 29, 2002, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Sofa King vs. Shabba McDoo/and product placements.

    by Jaka

    Well, on my score card, Sofa King has knocked Shabba McDoo out the fuckin' ring. Shabba DID NOT answer the questions and is most definitely acting like a little bitch.----------------------- AP in Goldmember had so gosh darn many that I literally lost count and can't even name them now. Maybe that's the point though. Even had talent agency product placements. The most IN YOUR FACE though is when Frauh whatever her nam is walks in to Dr. Evils prison cell with a 32oz. Pepsi and a bag from Taco Bell. The Pepsi cup said Taco Bell AND Pepsi on it and I think the bag did as well. But seriously, the list of product placements in the credit scroll is like 3 screens long. Had to be at least 50, probably more.

  • July 29, 2002, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Zorro Budget ... and the Hollywood System Screwing Over Rodrigue

    by The Feral Kid

    ...supposedly they were giving Robert Rodriguez a $20 to $30 million budget. Rodriguez disagreed, who wouldn't have, I mean, Zorro is basically a Hispanic Tarzan and he fought a lot of industrial baddies, government types, and so on, so of course, a lot of destruction. Then Rodriguez drops, they hire up Martin Campbell - fresh from "Goldeneye" - and the budget soars to $60 to $70 million. But I'm not really complaining, I happen to think that "Goldeneye" is the best of Brosnan Bonds by far and "Mask of Zorro" has some really great moments that make for an above average summer movie - the Tango scene, the mine set piece, great characters (so-many-fingers Jack, the original Zorro, and the carbon copy Custer who liked to save body parts of his enemies, etc.), and some fun acting on Banderas' part. Only thing that pulled it down was a few slap stick moments - fight with the giant in the polica's hocienda, naked gaurds tied to cacti, etc. Overall, a film very close in spirit to "Raiders," much more so than "The Mummy" which was basically a marketing hybrid cooked up as an idea then written, not an original story based on new or old characters. Oh yeah, saw on "Dark Horizon" that they've put a green light on a new Zorro property, wondering about the director here. Hoping for one as fun as the first.

  • July 29, 2002, 11:45 p.m. CST

    The treachery!

    by Shabba McDoo

    Three internet nerds on one! Help! Now, since I'm dealing with a couple of retards, and I don't care enough to type things out, I'll copy and paste everything for you. Now, this time, guys...READ. R...E...A...D: "What the hell is it with geeks and bitching about movies which AREN'T AIMED FOR PEOPLE THEIR AGE?" - "Ok, so it's alright for geeks to blow a giant load over a movie that's not aimed for people their age, but it's too fucking taboo to complain about those same movies?" Now, kids, this is called "an answer in the form of a rhetorical question." The point (this is important, so follow along) is that I keep reading these geeks complaining about THE GEEKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE MOVIE. Fucking retarded. Apparantly pissing and moaning begets pissing and moaning. And as for your second, even dumber question; "What is it with people who act like little bitches when they read anything slightly critical about them and respond by saying things like 'Fuck you and fuck everyone that follows that line of thinking' instead thinking about it and coming up with a useful, substantive response?" - "Substantive? 'Fuck you wasn't substantive enough?" Now, I know this one's gonna' be hard for you to understand, but I have to try to explain. What I did there was MAKE FUN OF YOU. If you can get past the sarcasm in my response, you'll see that my answer to your question was "Fuck you." I'll put my answer in a different context for you: "Your question was stupid. I don't like it. Go away."