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    Default Review: Spy Kids 4 is tiresome and gimmicky

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    "I am beginning to think women make the best spies (or agents)", says a distraught Audrey Hepburn enmeshed in a complex vortex of big cash, vicious double-crossers and Hitch****ian intrigue, in Charade, 1963. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World's stepmom Marissa is nowhere close to the reluctant spy that mademoiselle Lampert is but she is a spy alright, in director Robert Rodriguez's fourth instalment of Spy Kids after a gap of eight years.




    'The world will end' is at the heart of this film, raising distant memories of recent Hollywood romps which take on the might of the unknown to save the planet of life. The story is presented to us like a story of a regular suburban family, of kids (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook ) and their mischief, of their stepmother (Jessica Alba) and her secret identity as a spy and a dog (voiced by Ricky Gervais ) who talks more fluently than other dogs bark. When evil elements threaten our much-cherished peace and order, Marissa is pressed into service -- this time, she has own mini-army.

    The adventure genre is increasingly becoming a laboratory of sorts for Hollywood to test its horrendous experiments and this is being done in the false hope that the viewer can be easily justified and convinced under the age-old 'suspension of disbelief' technique. The fact that this film comes with the additional perk of a 4D experience adds little value to it.

    That said, most of such films arrive with an attractive package of special effects and action set-pieces. What's new in those gimmicks, then? In moviemaking, technology can never pass for storytelling. People still enjoy well-made silent films decades after the talkies rendered them out of business.

    Even if Spy Kids 4 is targeted at the kids, it takes its audience too lightly. Usually, such action-adventure films don't have a story and it's futile to look for one. What they have is a concept in place of a story and it must be reminded that even concepts divested of engagement with emotions are not worth it. Spy Kids 4 falls into the category of hype over heft.



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    Ardent film freaks that swarm theaters to watch the latest 3D flicks which Hollywood and lately Bollywood puts forth on 4K resolution screens in India are in for another vivid entertaining indulgence, masquerading itself as 4D. That's right folks, were literally sniffing into the 4th dimension that's landing on our ethnic shores from the western hemisphere. Hollywood's latest family adventure, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World is set to hit cinemas worldwide today.

    Originating from the Stable of Dimension films and Troublemaker Studios, the film opens in 2D and 3D variants in theatres nationwide which will be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages. With an eminent cast of Antonio Banderas, Jeremy Piven, Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Daryl Sabara and others, the forte of the film is the 'aromascope' that's labeled as, the fourth dimension. In this not so innovative 4D element, audiences will have eight 'opportunities' to have an interactive experience with the sense of smell along with the action sequences in the film. The makers believe that harnessing the sense of smell in the film will enhance the fun aspect immensely unlike any other film. When each individual is administered a ticket, along with the 3D glasses they will be provided aroma scope cards, Avinash Jumani from Pictureworks, a representative of the film in India sheds light on how it works, he says, "The numbers on the cards provided will correspond to the number on screen which will be flashed during those sequences. For example, when number one flashes on screen, the viewer will need to rub the card and to get the scent of the scene." Although Avinash refused to divulge the number of aromascope cards allotted to the Indian market, speaking about the origins of the cards he says, "Our order was placed about two months back since it was being made for masses worldwide, the time factor of the consignment reaching our shores in time was an issue.

    These cards are manufactured in the US. The 4D version of the film will only be played in select 3D capable theatres, since the film is a limited release. The aromascope cards used for the film is funded and manufactured by the producers of the film." Considering that a viewer will have to keep count on the cards provided not to mention rub it like a genie lamp to fester an indelible experience, wouldn't it distract the spectator's focus from the film? Avinash feels otherwise, "I'm sure that the viewer will be holding the cards, and it's not like they have to do much but scratch and sniff the card.


    The director has worked on that aspect of the film accordingly to the scenes." He further added this would enhance the entertainment experience for the spectator. Let's hope all goes well for, innovative filmmaking and director Robert Rodriguez.
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