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"Spy Kids-2: The Island of Lost Dreams"

TAKE A James Bond flick, add some "Jurassic Park"-like creatures and sci-fi space ships, stir with a fairy tale about good and bad children and what you have is "Spy Kids-2: The Island of Lost Dreams".

If your kids enjoy playing with gadgets, then they will simply love the powerful watches "that have so much stuff in them that they had no place for a clock" or the spy beetle robot which can transport itself by swinging from place to place a la Spiderman and collect top secrets.

When spy kids Carmen and Juni are assigned the task of rescuing the daughter of the President, little do they realise that they are heading for trouble. Every time they work on a project, their arch rivals Gary and Gerti take the credit, thanks to their wily plots.

The plot thickens when the kids go on their latest mission to a mysterious island. They run into Romero, a wild scientist who has accidentally created strange creatures (a flying pig, a monkey with eight tentacles and more), which inhabit the island.

The kids are aided by their parents and grandparents, who are naturally ... spies.

A straight-forward actioner, "Spy Kids-2" is pacy and keeps the viewer engaged throughout. The cast, including Antonio Banderas as the father, performs as expected. For the film is more about technology than people.

There are a couple of emotional moments too but they are overshadowed by the gizmos. Well, perhaps what director Robert Rodriguez wanted was a film that is pure entertainment, all the way. For both children and adults alike!

SAVITHA GAUTAM

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