Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
In this sequel to last year’s surprisingly popular family film, the junior agents Carmen and Juni Cortez, played again by Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, are now full-fledged spies. But they find themselves upstaged by “new models,” Gary and Gertie Giggles, played by Matt O’Leary and Emily Osment. When a special energy-stopping device called the transmooker is stolen from the President, Juni gets blamed for the theft and demoted. And even worse, Gary and Gertie’s dad gets promoted ahead of Juni’s dad, Gregorio, played by Antonio Banderas.
To clear Juni’s name and get the device back, Carmen gets them sent to a hidden island to hunt for the stolen transmooker. However, they discover all their spy gadgets don’t work on the island. And it’s inhabited by strange genetic mutations like a flying pig, a half ape-half Spider monkey, and a part snake-part lizard, all created by scientist Romero, played by Steve Buscemi, who also invented the transmooker. It’s a race to retrieve the transmooker when Gary and Gertie show up.
There is not much in this film that would frighten young children but it should be noted that some animals are grown to life size, and some skeletons chase and duel with a character. Also, there is a four headed alien which is a bit bizarre. There is a character who says “Shitaké mushrooms” and it almost sounds like an obscenity. The plot will keep the kids’ attention, although the adults may find some of it a bit tedious. There are a lot of special effects and we approve the film for all ages, with the suggestion that parents consult the content chart below.