Spy Kids

7 out of 10


A cute little family film

Nine years ago, two notorious spies on missions to kill each other, fell in love, married, and retired from the espionage business. Now Ingrid and Gregorio Cortez have two kids and a normal life. But when spy from the agency Gregorio used to work for start disappearing, the couple is called out of retirement to get to the bottom of things. Unfortunately, after so many years, they're just a bit rusty. It doesn't take long before they end up in the clutches of the man behind the vanished agents, an improbable villain, also the host of a bazaar children's show, named Floop. He has been abducting all of the agents who worked on an artificial intelligence program that succeeded in creating a working robot brain with all the knowledge of a master spy, and Gregorio is the last of these agents. When he refuses to cooperate, Floop sends some of his minions to capture the couple's children. And so, after a startling revelation about their parents' past, it's up to Carmen and Juni to save their parents and stop Floop from unleashing an army of evil robotic doppelganger children on the world.

This movie isn't really as bad as you might think, and it's certainly better than much of the drivel out there that passes itself off as children's entertainment. There's plenty of action, some rather ridiculous high tech gadgets, and a few unexpectedly cleve plot twists. And, as with almost all books, TV, movies, ect. aimed at kids, it tries to provide a good moral message. In this case it's about the importance of family, as the quarrelsome siblings are forced to work together and eventually gain a new appreciation of each other. It's certainly not high art or a cinematic masterpiece, but most kids wouldn't want to watch something that was. What it is, though, is a cute little family film that probably won't bore most parents to tears, and should keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours.

Keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours

Film Critic: Bronwynn Erskine