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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (credited as just Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams at the start credits) is a 2002 American science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the second film in the Spy Kids film series, which began with 2001's Spy Kids.

Upon release, Spy Kids 2 received positive reviews from critics and became a commercial success by grossing over $119 million worldwide.

Plot

Carmen Cortez and Juni Cortez have become agents of the OSS and face particularly hard competition with Gary and Gerti Giggles (Emily Osment and Matt O'Leary), the children of double-dealing agent Donnagon Giggles (Mike Judge), whom Carmen and Juni helped to rescue in the previous film.

The movie starts off with an incident at an amusement park, where the President's daughter (Taylor Momsen) deliberately sabotages a thrill ride which juggles its passengers (as a way of getting her father's attention), forcing the Giggles and the Cortez kids to compete in the rescue. Later at special party for OSS agents, Donnagon - who has somehow hacked into the teleprompter which the President was reading from - is named the director of the OSS; while Juni is fired after being framed by Gary - who was actually to blame - into losing the "Transmooker", a highly coveted device which can shut off all electronic devices. In his new position as director, Donnagon can carry on with his plan to steal the Transmooker, so he can rule the world.

After Carmen manages to hack into the database and reinstates Juni's level as an agent, she and Juni follow the trail to a mysterious island near Madagascar, which is home to Romero (Steve Buscemi), a lunatic scientist. Romero has been attempting to create genetically-miniaturized animals, so he can make a profit by selling the animals to kids. He had an experiment go wrong after accidentally pouring growth concoction onto the mutated set of animals. After a number of action sequences, such as fighting skeletons and being captured by sporks, literally flying pigs, the spy kids - along with the help of their family, Romero and (surprisingly) Gerti Giggles - destroy the Transmooker and defeat Donnagon and Gary. Donnagon is then fired by the President and Gary is disavowed, while Juni quits due to the impersonal treatment of agents by the OSS.

Cast

Soundtrack

Spy Kids 2 Soundtrack

Soundtrack album by Various artists

The film score was co-written by director Robert Rodriguez and composer John Debney, who had also co-written the score for Spy Kids. The sound is a mix of rock, pop and indie rock, and includes songs performed by Alan Cumming and Alexa Vega. Unusually, the orchestral score for the film was recorded in the auditorium of a local high school in Austin, Georgetown High School.

Track listing

  • "The Juggler"
  • "Spy Ballet"
  • "Magna Men"
  • "Treehouse"
  • "R.A.L.P.H."
  • "Who, What, When, Where, and Why?"
  • "Escape from DragonSpy"
  • "SpyParents"
  • "Island of Lost Dreams"
  • "Donnagon's Big Office"/"The Giggles"
  • "Mysterious Volcano Island"
  • "Romero's Zoo Too"
  • "Mothership"/"SpyGrandparents"
  • "Magna Racers"
  • "Aztec Treasure Room"
  • "Skeletons"
  • "Creature Battle"
  • "Romero's Creatures"/"SpyBeach"
  • "SpyDad vs. SpyDad"/"Romero's Gift"
  • "Isle of Dreams"

Reception

Upon release, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams received mostly positive reviews from critics. It currently scores a 74% "Certified Fresh" approval rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Though the concept is no longer fresh, Spy Kids 2 is still an agreeable and energetic romp."

Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and commented, "With "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams," the Spy Kids franchise establishes itself as a durable part of the movie landscape: a James Bond series for kids. Kenneth Turan of the New York Times gave it 4 out of 5 stars said, "The movie is a gaudy, noisy thrill ride -- hyperactive, slightly out of control and full of kinetic, mischievous charm." Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "The antics are a tad more frantic, and the gizmos work overtime, as if ... Robert Rodriguez felt the hot breath of el diablo on his neck. On the other hand, the inventiveness is still superior and the network of fiends and family is extended." Michael Wilmington of Metromix Chicago, noting how Rodriguez borrows many elements from television and earlier films, stated that, "Rodriguez recycles and refurbishes all these old movie bits with the opportunistic energy of a man looting his old attic toy chest -- but he also puts some personal feeling into the movie. This is a film about families staying together, children asserting themselves and even, to some degree, Latino power".

The film grossed $85,846,429 domestically and $33,876,929 overseas for a worldwide total of $119,723,358.

Home Video Release

Spy Kids 2 Blu-ray

The Blu-Ray cover

The film was released on Video
 and DVD in the United States on February 18, 2003. The film is also available to download on iTunes. A 100-minute Blu-Ray re-release was scheduled for August 2, 2011 to coincide with the fourth film.








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