Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 2001. Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios. Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez. Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro. Produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez. Music by John Debney, Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Los Lobos, Robert Rodriguez. Production Design by Cary White. Costume Design by Deborah Everton. Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2001.
Parents will undoubtedly approve of this extremely enjoyable kids’ romp that features no excessive violence, foul language or scary scenes. Newcomers Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara play two regular schoolkids who find themselves turning into international spies when their parents (Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino) mysteriously disappear without a trace. It is then that the children discover that their parents are actually secret operatives and not the normal boring old mommy and daddy they thought they were. Robert Rodriguez’ latest film is absolutely full of visual imagination and cool gadgets, but his plot does feel like it could use a little help. It’s not a serious criticism, though, as the film is buoyantly fun and the kids perform exceptionally well.