Robert Rodriguez's yo-yo filmmaking preferences are pretty well known at this point; he's always switching between pulpy ultra-violent fare (Sin City, Planet Terror) and colorful, action-packed flicks for the whole family (Spy Kids franchise, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D). Since his last movie was the grindhouse pic Machete, it's little surprise that Rodriguez will return this summer with Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, a.k.a. Spy Kids 4.
An official trailer has been released for the fourth Spy Kids movie, which also reunites Rodriguez with his Machete star, Jessica Alba. Suffice it to say, there won't be any CGI-enhanced nude scenes with the actress in this film.
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is a requel (read: rebooting sequel) that revolves around a setup very similar to that in the original Spy Kids movie: two kids named Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook) get caught up in a globe-trotting adventure when they discover that their stepmother, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Alba), is actually a retired spy who's been called back into action.
Original "Spy Kids" Carmen (Alex Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) are all grownup and playing supporting roles in the franchise's fourth installment, along with Antonio Banderas as their father, Gregorio. Although Carla Gugino (Watchmen) won't be returning as Ingrid Cortez, new additions to the franchise include Jeremy Piven as a crazed villain, Ricky Gervais as the voice of a robotic talking dog, and Danny "I'm a muppet" Trejo as Machete. Make of that what you will.
Check out the Spy Kids: All the Time in the World trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:
If you're even remotely familiar with the previous Spy Kids movies, then you'll immediately recognize that All the Time in the World is less "reboot" and more sequel than anything else. Everything from the plot and characters to Rodriguez's now recognizable brand of candy-colored CGI effects in this trailer for Spy Kids 4 are not so much revolutionary - for the director, that is - as they are pretty standard.
Originality is often something to covet in kid movies (see: The Smurfs for a counter-example) and there's no denying that Rodriguez's family-friendly Spy Kids movies are one of a kind. After all, what other film being released this year will feature super-powered jewels that can be used to manipulate time and space, technological advancements like an energy pulse-sending glove and robotic dog with martial arts capabilites, henchmen with clocks for faces - AND multiple barf gags involving either Jessica Alba or spy jets?
On a more serious note, young newcomers to the Spy Kids franchise will probably get a kick out of All the Time in the World. However, those who grew up on the previous films - or remember taking their young ones to see them - might not find the whimsical spy series quite so charming the fourth time around. At least this entry doesn't look to go so overboard on the 3D gimmickry, though (see: Spy Kids 3D: Game Over).
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World hit theaters this summer on August 19th.
Source: Yahoo! Movies