Spy Kids 3D: Game Over

Juni Cortez: Daryl Sabara
Carmen Cortez: Alexa Vega
The Toymaker: Sylvester Stallone
Gregorio Cortez: Antonio Banderas
Ingrid Cortez: Carla Gugino
Grandfather: Ricardo Montalban
Dora: Salma Hayek
Romero: Steve Buscemi
Devlin: George Clooney
Fegan Floop: Alan Cumming

Dimension Films presents a film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. Running time: 85 minutes. Rated PG (for action sequences and peril).

Central Theme
Forgiveness is more powerful than revenge; life is not just a game and games are not real life.

On their most mind-blowing mission yet, the Spy Kids are about to enter an entirely new dimension: the third dimension. In “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over”, state-of-the-art digital 3D technology puts something special into special effects action for the whole family. On their latest assignment, under-age Juni and Carmen Cortez (Sabara and Vega) journey inside the virtual reality world of a cool but crazy video game, where anything is possible, including the impossible. Action film veteran Sylvester Stallone joins the cast as the power-hungry villain the ‘Toymaker’, who wants to take over the youth of the world, and Juni and Carmen must battle their way through tougher and tougher levels of a three-dimensional game ingeniously designed to outwit and defeat them. Using their usual humor, gadgetry, bravery and family bonds, the Spy Kids must win every high-flying, puzzle-solving challenge, from racing road warriors to surfing on boiling lava. Meanwhile, high-definition digital 3-D sequences and special viewing glasses give the audience a chance to interact with the larger-than-life excitement on screen. Adding to the visual fun, “Spy Kids 3D: Game Over” also features all-new inventions from the mind of writer/director Robert Rodriguez, who lets his imagination loose in a blazingly colorful, futuristic game world come to life. In this latest chapter of the Spy Kids trilogy, Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino reprise their roles as suave spy-parents Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez and Ricardo Montalban makes a comeback as the Spy Kids’ grandfather, who plays a pivotal role in their mission. Also returning are Steve Buscemi as the mad scientist Romero; Alan Cumming as Floop; Bill Paxton as Dinky Winks; Cheech Marin as Uncle Felix; and Danny Trejo as Uncle Machete. ‚© Dimension Films.

Another in a series that is fun, yet raises serious issues. Kid’s fascination with the game world is put in perspective through constant reminders that the game isn’t real, the on-line persona doesn’t match the real player, and in real life there is no reset button. Grandpa warns Juni not to fall in love with the game, and Juni is warned that the real intent of the “game” is to control kid’s minds. Family is again celebrated, as is the importance of the older generation and disabled. The overriding theme of forgiveness over revenge is underscored by the inclusion of pervious villains as “family” members in ¢â‚¬Ëœfreeing’ the Toymaker from his guilt and lost ways.

Beliefs num
–Family is essential.
–Games are not real life.
–It is not winning or losing that matters, but how you play the game.
–Forgiveness is better than revenge.
–Kids are more important than your work.
–Grandparents are important.
–Everybody needs a second chance.
–Real people are more important than games.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us about who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–Describe a situation where you chose forgiveness over revenge.
–Have you faced a time where you were a forgiven, but had a hard time forgiving yourself?
–How can you play games without allowing them to control you?
–How do you relate to the older generation? To Grandpa and Grandma?
–Would your dad immediately drop an important project if you called? Would you? (Even you are playing your favorite computer game?)

Provocative Quotes byline
–The only tribe worth belonging to is the one you’re born into. Your family.
–I choose grandpa.
==Juni when he can seek anyone’s help.
–It’s not about doing the right thing; it is about doing the SMART thing.
==Toymaker alter ego.
–The childish game will soon be over and then the real game will begin.
–There are no rules in this race, except win at any cost.
–If we all work together, we all win.
==Juni to other gameplayers.
–I’ve seen the real guy and you’re not him.
==Dmitra (ironic since we learn she is digital and not real at all!)
–This is not a game, it is LIFE!
==Toymaker about his real intent.
–I want you to take it. I don’t want anything to happen to you.
==Juni sacrificially gives life-pack to Dmitra.
–Sorry Juni, I have my own family to think about.
==Arnold and Juni both fighting for family.
–Don’t fall in love with the game Juni.
–We have to convince grandpa that revenge is not the way to solve this problem.
==Juni worried that Grandpa will seek revenge against the Toymaker.
–That’s not true, There’s no lava in HALO.
==one of gameplayers.
–Juni. She’s not real, She’s the deceiver.
–In the real world I’m not smart¢â‚¬¦strong¢â‚¬¦cool.
==Three gameplayers appear and confess in real life.
–All I wanted to do was to start a new world¢â‚¬¦where you could get a second chance.
–The game has entered the real world.
–There’s only one way to solve the situation¢â‚¬¦call in the family.
–Mr. Cortez, your child called.
==Dad leaves workbench immediately, though he had just said, ¢â‚¬Ëœnothing can disturb me now.’
–I’ve only been seeking you so I can tell you I forgive you. Now the question is, can you forgive yourself?
==Grandpa to Toymaker.
–It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game¢â‚¬¦To FAMILY!.
==All at end of movie.

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