Monday, August 22, 2011

Now Playing: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D

Posted By on 08.22.11 at 10:00 AM

Jessica Alba, having been infiltrated by a young operative, attends the premiere of the new Spy Kids movie.
  • Jessica Alba, having been infiltrated by a young operative, attends the premiere of the new Spy Kids movie.
The fourth dimension is time—4D, get it? Unfortunately the studio releasing the fourth Spy Kids movie—uh, Dimension Films—didn't screen it for the press, so our intrepid reviewer Ben Sachs saw it on Friday after it opened. He reports: "Your grade schooler won’t notice, but Robert Rodriguez’s fourth Spy Kids adventure is one of the more personal American movies of 2011. The explicit theme of juggling a career and parenthood—and ultimately learning to combine the pleasures of the two—runs deep for Rodriguez, though for this installment, arriving eight years after Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, he’s replaced the original spy family with a new one. The visual effects are as gleefully shoddy as ever, and the playful ideas sometimes achieve a dreamlike suggestiveness: the central villain’s ability to accelerate and stop time echoes, of all things, René Clair’s surrealist classic The Crazy Ray (1925)."

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