Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Spy Kids 3-D movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Produced by Elizabeth Avellan
Robert Rodriguez
Written by Robert Rodriguez
Starring Antonio Banderas
Carla Gugino
Alexa Vega
Daryl Sabara
Ricardo Montalbán
Holland Taylor
Mike Judge
Cheech Marin
Sylvester Stallone
Music by Robert Rodriguez
Cinematography Robert Rodriguez
Edited by Robert Rodriguez
Troublemaker Studios
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date(s)
  • July 25, 2003 (2003-07-25)
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $39 million[1]
Box office $197,011,982[2]
3D glasses for "Spy Kids 3D". Glasses included with DVD release did not include the strap.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (also known as Spy Kids 3: Game Over) is a 2003 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Robert Rodriguez and the third film in the Spy Kids series. It was released in the United States on July 25, 2003. The film featured the return of many cast members from the past two films, although most were in minor roles and cameo appearances. A fourth film, entitled Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, was released on August 19, 2011.


Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), a former agent of the OSS, now works as a private detective but gets little profit for his work: four dollars and ninety-nine cents. He is contacted by the OSS and informed that his sister, Carmen Cortez (Alexa Vega), is missing. He is reunited with Donnagon Giggles (now reformed) and his wife Francesca, who explain that Carmen was captured by the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone), a villain. The Toymaker was imprisoned in cyberspace by the OSS, but he has since created Game Over, a virtual reality-based video game which he intends on using to escape cyberspace via players that reach Level 5, which is literally unwinnable. Juni agrees to venture into the game, save Carmen, and shut down the game.

In the game, which takes place in a full 3D environment, Juni finds the challenges difficult. He finds three beta-testers, Francis (Bobby Edner), Arnold (Ryan Pinkston) and Rez (Robert Vito), who launch him to the moon so that they'll have less competition on the way to Level 5. On the moon, Juni receives an opportunity to bring in a fellow ally to assist him, selecting his wheelchair-bound grandfather Valentin (Ricardo Montalban), who has been looking for the Toymaker for thirty years. He receives a power-up which gives him a robotic bodysuit, allowing him to walk and possess superhuman strength and durability. Juni ventures into a robot battle arena where he fights a girl named Demetra (Courtney Jines) in order to return to Earth and Level 2. He meets the beta-testers again who believe he is a player named "The Guy", who can supposedly beat Level 5. Rez is unconvinced and challenges Juni to a "Mega-race" involving a multitude of different vehicles. The only apparent rule of this game is "Win, at all costs." Juni wins the race with help from Valentin, and Demetra joins the group; she and Juni display romantic feelings for each other. Upon entering level 3, Arnold and Juni are forced to battle each other, the loser getting an immediate game over. Demetra swaps places with Juni and is defeated, seemingly getting a game over, much to Juni's sadness as he seems to have romantic feelings for her.

The group get to Level 4 where Juni finds Carmen, released by the Toymaker, who leads the group on. Juni follows a map given to him by Demetra to a lava-filled gorge. The group surf their way through the lava but Donnagon attempts to prevent them from reaching Level 5 to save them, but this fails. Outside the door to Level 5, after the other gamers start to think that Carmen and Juni are deceivers and Rez threatens to give Juni a game over, the real "Guy" (Elijah Wood) appears and opens the door only to get a game over by an electrical shock (losing all of his apparent 100 lives). Demetra then appears, claiming to have gotten back into the game via a glitch but Carmen identifies her as "The Deceiver", a program used to fool players. Demetra confirms this and apologizes to a stunned Juni before the Toymaker attacks the group with a giant robot. Valentin then appears, holding the entrance back to the real world open so the group can escape. However, he cannot come with them since someone needs to hold the door open. Demetra, shedding a tear, quickly holds the door open so he can go with them. After their return though, it is revealed that Valentin released the Toymaker, with the villain's army of robots now attacking a nearby city.

Juni and Carmen summon their family members: Parents Gregorio and Ingrid, Gregorio's brother Machete, their Grandma, and Uncle Felix. With too many robots to handle, Juni calls out to their "extended" family (or "everyone", as Juni puts it), summoning characters from the first two films (including Fegan Floop and Alexander Minion, Dinky Winks and his son, scientist Romero (plus a Spork), and Gary and Gerti Giggles). All the robots are destroyed except for the Toymaker's. Valentin confronts Sebastian the Toymaker and forgives him for putting him in his wheelchair, which he had been trying to find him to do all those years. The Toymaker shuts down his robot and joins the rest of the Cortez family and their friends in celebrating their family.



Music from the Motion Picture Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Soundtrack album by Robert Rodriguez
Released July 22, 2003
Genre Soundtrack, pop rock
Length 47:15
Label Milan Records
Robert Rodriguez film soundtrack chronology
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Spy Kids 3D: Game Over
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Filmtracks 2/5 stars
SoundtrackNet 2/5 stars

The film score was composed by Robert Rodriguez and is the first score for which he takes solo credit. Rodriguez also performs in the "Game Over" band, playing guitar, bass, keyboard and drums, including the title track, "Game Over", performed by Alexa Vega.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All selections composed by Robert Rodriguez and performed by Texas Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by George Oldziey and Rodriguez.

  1. "Game Over" (vocals by Alexa Vega)
  2. "Thumb Thumbs"
  3. "Pogoland"
  4. "Robot Arena"
  5. "Metal Battle"
  6. "Toymaker"
  7. "Mega Racer"
  8. "Programmerz"
  9. "Bonus Life"
  10. "Cyber Staff Battle"
  11. "Tinker Toys"
  12. "Lava Monster Rock"
  13. "The Real Guy"
  14. "Orbit"
  15. "Welcome to the Game"
  16. "Heart Drive" (performed by Bobby Edner and Alexa Vega)
  17. "Game Over (Level 5 Mix)" (performed by Alexa Vega)
  18. "Isle of Dreams (Cortez Mix)" (performed by Alexa Vega)
    • Tracks 17–18 produced by Dave Curtin for DeepMix.


Critical reception[edit]

The response to the film was mainly mixed. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie 48%, with the critical consensus that "The movie will be found wanting if one is not taken in by the 3-D visuals."[4] Bob Longino of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that "the 3-D process will hurt your eyes. The onscreen characters, who also wear 3-D glasses, even say so when it's time to take them off." However, he also stated that it helped mask what he deemed as an overall lack of a story.[5] Jim Lane of Sacramento News and Review called the 3D scenes "murky and purple like a window smeared with grape jell-o."[6] Roger Ebert suggested that perhaps Rodriguez was held back by the film's technical constraints. Ebert also admitted to showing disdain for the 3D gimmick, saying that the picture quality with the 3D glasses is more murky and washed out than the crisper and more colorful 2D films.[7] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle noted Carmen's absence for much of the film and criticized the plot's repeated scenes of Juni attempting over and over again to reach Level Five.[8] Kimberly Jones of the Austin City Chronicle praised the visuals but called the plot twig-thin and stated that the parents' near absence in the story makes Rodriguez's continuing theme of family ties seem much less resonant than in the other films.[9] The film earned a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor (Sylvester Stallone). Many fans online have claimed the film ripped off aspects of the cult classic Tron from the virtual world and noted the similarities in the Mega Race sequence to the Lightcycle battle in Tron.[citation needed]

Box office[edit]

The film opened with a surprising $33.4 million, but did not quite live up to the first Spy Kids film. In the end, it grossed $111 million in North America. However, its overseas intake was double that of either of the first two Spy Kids films at $85.3 million, grossing a worldwide total of $197,011,982, making it the highest grossing film in the series. The film's 3D effect was not removable on the DVD, but a 2D version (Titled Spy Kids 3: Game Over) was available to view on a second DVD disc, and on television airings. Some international retailers included sets of 3D glasses made of cardboard with the film, although most did not.

Blu-ray version[edit]

The 2D version of the film was released on Blu-Ray August 2, 2011.[10] On December 4, 2012 Lionsgate released the 3D version as a double feature with The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl on Blu-ray 3D.[11]


A sequel, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, was released on August 19, 2011. The story revolves around two twins who cannot get along with their stepmother Marissa Cortez Wilson who married their father, Wilbur, a spy-hunting reporter. However unbeknownst to them, Marissa is a retired spy for the OSS (Organization of Super Spies) which has since become the world's top spy agency and former headquarters of the now-defunct Spy Kids division.

References to pop culture[edit]

  • Video game series Halo and Metroid are mentioned just before the lava surfing scene.
  • In the beginning of the "Mega-Race" scene, an AMD poster can be seen just above the tunnel.
  • At the end of the "Mega-Race" scene, Juni mentions Atari, Sega and Endo (reference to Nintendo).


  1. ^ Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) - Box office / business
  2. ^ "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  3. ^ Ruiz, Rafael. "SoundtrackNet: Spy Kids 3D: Game Over Soundtrack". Soundtrack.net. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Longino, Bob. "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over". accessAtlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  6. ^ Lane, Jim (2003-07-31). "Film>Short Reviews: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over". Sacramento News and Review. Chico Community Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (2003-07-25). "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over". rogerebert.com. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  8. ^ LaSalle, Mick (2003-07-25). "Game's over for latest 'Spy Kids'". SFGate: Home of the San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  9. ^ Jones, Kimberly (2003-07-25). "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over". Austin Chronicle Corp. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  10. ^ Plath, James (2011-05-15). "SPY KIDS films are headed for Blu-ray". DVDTOWN.com. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  11. ^ http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Spy-Kids-3-D-Game-Over-and-Adventures-of-Sharkboy-and-Lavagirl-Blu-ray/57281/

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