Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

A Wonderful Adventure Continues

Main Cast: Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Extending and adding to the wild, exuberant fun of the original, this energetic comedy/spy adventure for kids will also find favor with like-minded adults.

Carmen and Juni (Vega and Sabara) are the talented offspring of super-spy parents (Banderas and Gugino), older but perhaps not wiser from their first adventure. Right off the bat, in a series of frantic moves in an amusingly designed theme park, our two heroes must not only save lives, but do it before their hated rivals (Gary and Gerti Giggles) show them up. It’s said that a healthy competition is a good thing, after all.

I won’t ruin the plot, but I will say that, once again, the two kids are expected to save the world (or something like that). The island in the title certainly lives up to its name, and we even get to meet the resident mad scientist (Steve Buscemi, always a pleasure to watch).

I think this outing has just as much energy, bright colors, and sheer wacky fun as the original, no mean feat for a sequel. If you enjoyed the first, you’ll definitely love this one. It’s more of the same, and I mean that in the most positive way.

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