This third installment of Spy Kids 3-D was released on July 25, 2003. The subtitle of this film is Game Over which is a reference to a new popular video game. The OSS has information that the game is made by an evil genius called The Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone). Carmen Cortez has entered the game in order to catch The Toymaker but is trapped in the game. Juni is called upon to rescue his sister.
According to the rules of the game, a player can bring in a helper. In this case, Juni calls in his grandfather (Ricardo Montalban) who was crippled by The Toymaker. Most of the film takes place within the game. Juni meets some beta-testers who end up helping Juni. The story is good and the subject of video games, which were gaining popularity at this time, was appealing to the target audience. The actors were good except for Stallone’s portrayal of The Toymaker. His performance didn’t exactly thrill me. I don’t know if it was because he played four different characters which did little to move the story.
What I think was one of the strong points of this installment was an emphasis on the usefulness of handicapped people. There were no negative stereotypes presented about Grandfather’s condition. The mediocre acting by Stallone was, however, a negative point. I give this installment 3.5 stars out of 5.
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