Spy Kids: All the Time in the World- -
Eight years after the third film, the OSS has become the world's top spy agency, while the Spy Kids department has since become defunct. A retired spy Marissa (Jessica Alba) is thrown back into the action along with her stepchildren when a maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) attempts to take over the world. In order to save the world, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook) must team up with their hated stepmother. Carmen and Juni have since also grown up and will provide gadgets to them.
Spy kids are back, only this time they are in 4D. This parental guide to the movies will explain that in a minute. The original spy kids, Juni and Carmen, do help this new duo out in the end, but this is a new set of sleuthing (and bickering) siblings. Rebecca and Cecil Wilson, twin siblings of Wilbur Wilson, have a new stepmom, Marissa. Rebecca and Cecil do not like their new Mom, they think she has something to hide, and it turns out that she does. She was once a top secret agent. Wilbur is oblivious to his wife’s past.
As it goes, an arch villain, known dubiously as the Time Keeper, threatens to steal all of earth’s time in an Armageddon-like final battle. Marissa is called into action to stop him and she takes along the squabbling pair of siblings. They have many fun adventures and even have a talking, robot dog for a sidekick. They must join forces with Marissa to save the world from the dreaded villain.
The movie is filled with many great gags and stunts. It is a funny movie and this family guide to the movies considers it fun for all ages. It might not be for the very young because there is mild violence in the form of fist fighting and the plot does center around a very scary villain. Kids from first grade and up should have no problem with it at all. It is good, solid family movie fun.
Now, about this 4D stuff. As you know, the fourth dimension is not really smell, it is time. That could really mess your kids up in science class. They call it 4D because you use three senses in the movie, not just sight and sound. OK, I think I am doing a really bad job of clearing up the confusion right now. The moviemakers are calling the addition of smellivision to the big screen 4D, I guess they figure that it is one step up from 3D…or something like that.
The creators of this movie are doing a new experiment. You remember those 3D glasses that they hand out at 3D movies? This is the same concept. Everyone enters the movie and gets a scratch and sniff card. At certain times during the movie, they are instructed to scratch a certain area. I thought that it did add an interesting element to the movie, but was rather distracting too. Maybe you have to get used to it, just like 3D glasses.
I think everyone should be adventurous and go try it for themselves. I would really encourage an open discussion with other parents on the Parental Guide forum or on the Parental Guide Facebook page. What did the rest of you think about 4D? Will it be a fad, or will this be the first and last 4D movie? I thought it added a sense of realism, but you had to remember that it was only a movie when you had to stop and do something. I wonder how long the scents last? Do we take them home and use them as air fresheners when we are done? For those of you who have seen the movie, how did they work as car air fresheners?