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Missing nostalgia in a classic family film

“Spy Kids: Armageddon:” a reboot that takes on a different approach
The Cortez family looks to work together and fight the villians in “Spy Kids: Armageddon.”

Did you ever dream of being a secret agent and foiling an evil scheme? Well, the nostalgic spy flick is back once again to fulfill your wonders once more. But what will bring about the series’ return?

From 2001 to 2003, the original “Spy Kids” trilogy was released, and it grossed over $460 million at the box office, with budgets for all three films being under $40 million. However, the box office success would not warrant a reboot until 2011 when “Spy Kids: All The Time in the World” came out. Unfortunately, the reboot grossed over $85 million with a budget of $27 million, showing that this franchise may not have been ready for its second spotlight.

Now the series takes a shot once more, but this time with a surprising approach. The film covers the franchise’s basic tropes with corny jokes galore but goes meta, however, not in the way you think. Throughout the film, the “Organization of Super Spies” runs more futuristic than ever before, while still clinging to the way that missions have been carried out since the first film. Yet our new set of spy kids, Tony and Patty Torrez, played by Connor Esterson and Everly Carganilla, question the old way of doing things.

This new dynamic duo faces the mistakes of the past as their parents played by Zachary Levi as Terrence and Gina Rodriguez as Nora, doom the world with their past decisions, leading them to Armageddon. The siblings take it upon themselves to solve the issue with morality and truth by capturing the villain with a justifiable punishment.

Overall, this film touches upon unexplored territory for the franchise and executes a fresh perspective on what it means to be a spy. Although the nostalgia does take a toll on the overall effect of the film, it fails to immerse the audience in the fun implausibility that was the original trilogy. This film calls for the series to be rehashed and done justice. It has left fans wondering if this relic should be left as nothing more than just that.

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Santino Bedolla
Santino Bedolla, Staff Writer
Santino Bedolla is a junior and a first-year staff writer on The Voice. In school, it is his third year in Huntley's Marching Band, and he is starting out as a section leader. Outside of school, Santino likes to hang out with his friends and watch movies. He'll watch anything from animated films to horror flicks.

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