The film Spy Kids: Armageddon has been met with disappointing reviews and has raised concerns among fans of the franchise. Despite being aimed primarily at a young audience, the movie fails to deliver an engaging and enjoyable experience. Regrettably, it is not only considered the weakest installment in the acclaimed series but also one of the least favorable family films in recent years.
There was absolutely nothing in this movie that I actually enjoyed. There was only one funny scene that I could say was actually funny, but besides that, nothing can save this movie from the tragedy that it is. The movie follows Nora (Gina Rodriguez) and Terrence (Zachary Levi). Terrence has created a top-tier technology called Armageddon that is capable of hacking any device in the entire world. However, the device gets stolen by a terrible villain and the couple gets kidnapped.
And guess who has to save the world and their parents? The kids! Of course! Tony (Connor Esterson) and Patty (Everly Carganilla) are the ones who step up. The kids are adorable and very cute together, and I have nothing to complain about when it comes to them.
The script is horrible; it ruins any potential good performance this movie could deliver. The bad jokes and predictable resolution of challenges detract from its overall quality. The “final battle” feels rushed, with the villain abruptly transforming into a good guy at the end of the movie. Speaking of the villain, their character is quite terrible, and their conclusion is even worse. As for the visuals, they are as bad as, if not worse than, the original movies. The CGI is cringeworthy, unconvincing, and riddled with noticeable defects. While I have never been a fan of Robert Rodriguez’s work, this film feels like one of his weakest endeavors for sure.
So you’re probably wondering: “Oh, so there’s nothing good in this movie?” The answer is no, there is nothing good at all, at least in my opinion. Of course, you have to watch it for yourself, and maybe you’ll have a good time. However, this movie did not work out for me. It’s generic in so many ways. I’ve seen this same story and formula in so many movies, but here it is just worse. It’s fine to do something generic, but at least do it with some quality. There are many generic movies out there that are considered classics. This movie lasted around 1 hour and 30 minutes, and I was desperately wanting it to end because I couldn’t handle any more of it.
Spy Kids: Armageddon is a terrible, dreadful, abysmal, and unbearable reboot of a franchise that has been dead for years. Visuals are laughable, perfomances are weak, script is mediocre and so is the direction. Definitely one of the worst movies of the year. The visuals lack the vibrant imagination that defined the series, and the performances pale in comparison to the talented cast of the past. With a mediocre script and uninspired direction, it fails to recapture the charm and excitement that were trademarks of Rodriguez’s earlier Spy Kids movies.
Spy Kids: Armageddon is now streaming on Netflix.