Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast & Crew: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale, Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega , Danny Trejo, Daryl Sabara, Tiger Darrow , RJ Smith-Tillman
Plot Summary: A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.
Robert Rodriguez should have put this to rest as a trilogy that did fairly well. Instead, he’s regurgitated the once palatable spy-kiddie movie to spit out “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D”, a breathlessly incoherent movie that somehow still takes pride in itself? How could the man who made “Machete” churn out this smelly sequel? You wonder whether you need to migrate to the 4th dimension of Physics, “4D”, to really understand it. Or maybe, like the story’s villain, speed up time and end our misery.
Filled with farts, diaper explosions and vomit (thank god you can’t smell these “fragrant aromas” in our multi-dimensional movies yet!), this movie made me sick to my stomach! Even the opening scene is quite bizarre with pregnant spy-mom, Marissa Wilson (Jessica Alba), kicking bad guys with her stilettos and then blurting out, “I think my water just broke”. The next thing you know spy-mom zips to a hospital! Marissa is the contemporary working mum who along with her toddler and stepchildren (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook) battles the villainous Time Keeper (with a mantle clock for a face) and wants to steal time from the rest of the world to reach Armageddon.
The kids, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, who played the title characters in the first series are now all grown up and play secondary agents for the spy outfit OSS and you wonder why they were called back to make this one at all. Pay checks for them, a waste of time and money for the audience. Cheap 3D antics and cartoonish CGI will want to make you barf. The plot is warped and emphasis on the storyline has instead been diverted to preaching of how parents must make time for their kids.
Verdict: Your family deserves better, please avoid this.