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NO WHERE CLOSE TO THE JIM CARREY HIT: Mask 2

This problem child trying to live off the glory of elastiface Jim Carrey's hit, "The Mask" has it all wrong. In the first place, Jamie King doesn't even come close to the uber-caffeinated entertainment Carrey gave us as the green-faced, crazy superhero. And in the second place, cute babies with elastic limbs and rotating heads are more suggestive of "The Exorcist" than Walt Disney. "Mask 2" has plenty of cool animation — eyeballs that pop out, huge guns, impressive explosions reminiscent of the cartoons you used to watch as a child — but it still doesn't work.

Alan Cumming is excellent at being the geeky, loser but even he fizzles out as Loki, god of mischief, wastrel son of chief of Norse gods, Odin, who wants him to be more like his elder boy Thor.It's not just mis-cast actors. Tarry a while on the plot. Cartoonist Tim Avery (King), who hasn't yet grown out of his video games, isn't prepared for fatherhood. And when his baby boy Alvey turns out to be a bouncing ball of plasticine with strange abilities, Tim wants out. Meanwhile, Loki realises that Alvey was born of his mask, so he tries to get Alvey and the mask. Ultimately, "Mask 2" is all about loving your children for who they are, not who you want them to be. But the humour is juvenile.

Susan Muthalaly

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