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'Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World' Blu ray
(Jessica Alba, Danny Trejo, Antonio Banderas, Ricky Gervais, Jeremy Piven, et al / Blu ray+DVD / PG / 2011 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all: married to a famous spy-hunting television reporter (Joel McHale), with a new baby and intelligent twin step kids, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook). When maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) disrupts her domestic bliss - threatening to take over the planet - Marissa comes out of retirement as a top secret agent.

Blu ray+DVD Verdict: Can you believe that it's nearly been ten long years since the original 'Spy Kids' hit the screen in 2001. After two sequels, one so-so and the other pretty bad, the fourth installment of Robert Rodriguez's family picture series arrives.

In 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World,' a retired spy Marissa Wilson (Jessica Alba), now a mother of one daughter and two step-children, is called back into action once again, when the world is threatened by a mysterious villain "The Timekeeper." Her husband Wilbur Wilson (Joel McHale) and two step-kids Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook) know nothing about Marissa's true identity until they too get involved in a fight against the evil organization.

With so many familiar story elements, 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World' almost makes us feel like watching the original, but with less imagination. All the freshness is gone out of the franchise. The story doesn't make much sense (and honestly I couldn't understand why or how the entire world is in danger). Cheesy special effects are acceptable, because the made-for-younger-eyes gadgets are fun.

Although, in truth they are only recycled ideas from the past 'Spy Kids' movies. Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino might have saved the unoriginal plot development. No such luck, either. It's nice to meet Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara again as grown-up Carmen and Juni Cortez, but their presence only reminds us of the original.

Of course this is an opinion from an adult. But I think not many children would follow the unnecessarily complicated storyline (and its confusing wrap-up). They may find the film's toilet jokes very funny. I don't know. But when there is a better 'Spy Kids' movie made ten years ago, what is the point of making an inferior one?

And as for the 3-D element to this release, well, for those with 3-D technology, the film does occasionally work well in that regard. True, the most fanciful scenes have a real depth with the extra dimension, but there aren't really out-of-screen shots to take it to the next level. Still a gimmick ... yes, 3D, (especially for living room home theaters), you most certainly are, sorry! Neither the best or worst the technology has to offer, this doesn't elevate the movie to a different level of quality. [TK] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2:35.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features that include an interview with director Robert Rodriguez; a 'Spy Kids Passing the Torch' featurette; a 'Spy Gadgets' clip; deleted scenes; and more!

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