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Now in Aroma Vision!
on 8 September 2015
This 2011 sci-fi adventure is set around 7 years after the third Spy Kids movie. Marissa Wilson [Jessica Alba] is leading a double life as an OSS agent, but doesn’t get alone with her two step children, prankster Rebecca [Rowan Blanchard] and geeky Cecil [Mason Cook]. When villain Tick Tock uses the Armageddon device to slow time, Marissa is recalled from retirement before he can destroy the world but as usual, it’s left to the kids to save the day.
The single disc features ‘aroma-scope’ a scratch and sniff card to give an extra dimension to the film, but it doesn’t work particularly well and the on screen symbols are irritating and can only be used once [lose a *]. Features are play, scene selection, set up [English sdh on/off, the 5.1 audio is default] and special features [interviews, various how it was done documentaries, deleted scenes and gadgets]. There’s no included game as with the other spy kids films.
Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) and sister Carmen (Alexa Vega) make appearances but are very much in secondary roles as they have both grown up. The acting is good, the kids great as usual and the colours bold and with plenty of gadgets and effects, this is bound to entertain but…..The other films appealed to all ages, the writing on this is inferior and relies heavily on what used to be called ‘toilet humour’ relying on ‘puke’ bombs, ‘butt’ bombs from the robot dog and a lot of various ‘smell’ orientated gags, also the early ‘Home Alone’ style pranks come across as malicious rather than funny. Children may like it, but some parents won’t [lose a *]. All in all a disappointment but younger children will probably rate it *****.