Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, also known as Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World, is a 2011 American 4D spy adventure comedy film written, co-produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez, and is the fourth and final installment in the Spy Kids film series.
OSS agent Marissa Wilson is attempting to capture a criminal named Tick Tock, who purchases a mini-disk stolen from OSS. Despite being nine months pregnant, she continues her pursuit against the admonitions of her boss Danger D'Amo. Tick Tock is captured and the mini-disk, which contains information on a weapon of mass destruction called Project: Armageddon, is retrieved.
At the hospital, Marissa meets her spy-hunting TV host husband, Wilbur, who thinks she is an interior decorator, and her two stepchildren by him, twins Rebecca and Cecil. After giving birth to a daughter, Maria, she decides to retire. Rebecca does not accept Marissa as a replacement for her deceased mother, and delights in playing pranks on her. Attempting to strengthen her rapport with Rebecca, Marissa gives her a red-sapphire necklace that she says her own parents gave her when she was Rebecca's age.
The media report that time is speeding up at an increasing rate. A criminal mastermind called the Time Keeper claims responsibility, saying he will unleash Project: Armageddon as punishment upon a society he believes wastes time with meaningless pursuits instead of treasuring time with one's loved ones. The Time Keeper demands that Tick Tock bring him the Chronos Sapphire, which is revealed to be the jewel in the necklace Marissa gave Rebecca. The OSS calls Marissa out of retirement, and instructs her to bring the Chronos Sapphire with her. When Marissa asks for it from Rebecca, it further strains their relationship. When Marissa arrives at OSS headquarters, she discovers that the box Rebecca gave her did not contain the jewel.
Tick Tock's henchmen break into Marissa's house, and Rebecca and Cecil are directed to take refuge in a secret Panic Room, where they view a video of Marissa informing them of her secret career. The twins escape and go to OSS headquarters, where Marissa's niece and their step-cousin, Carmen Cortez, gives the twins a tour of the defunct Spy Kids Division.
As Marissa pursues Tick Tock, Rebecca and Cecil go after the Time Keeper. Their search leads them to a clock shop, which is Tick Tock's headquarters. The twins view a video of the Wells Experiment, a 1930s time travel project that resulted in a boy being frozen in time, and which reveals the nature of the Chronos Sapphire in Rebecca's necklace. The twins are captured by Tick Tock, but are rescued by Marissa and Carmen, though Tick Tock manages to steal the Sapphire. Wilbur's investigations lead him to the clock shop, but he is shocked to learn that Marissa is a spy. When he destroys the footage that he and his cameraman filmed of the battle, he is fired, and becomes estranged from Marissa and the children.
As time continues to speed up, OSS agents are debriefed on the Wells Experiment. The OSS shut down the experiment, and placed the device under lockdown. Among the agents assigned to the case is Carmen's estranged brother, Juni Cortez. Bitter over their estrangement, she tosses his ID badge in the garbage. The twins confront Danger over the fact that his watch is similar to the one worn by the Time Keeper, and his name is an anagram of "Armageddon." He reveals he is the Time Keeper and imprisons them. When a group of OSS agents led by Marissa, Carmen, and Juni return to the clock shop to confront the Time Keeper, he freezes the agents in time using circuity in their ID badges, and does the same to 18 major cities. Juni, whose badge was thrown away by Carmen, manages to free Marissa and Carmen.
Danger reveals his father was head of the Wells Experiment, and he was the boy frozen in time. His father spent the rest of his life trying unsuccessfully to set him free. The OSS managed shut down the experiment with the Chronos Sapphire. This freed the boy, but he was now a man in a boy's body, and his loved ones were all now dead. Now Danger plans to use the Armageddon Device in go back in time to be reunited with his father. Cecil deduces that Danger has already tried this before multiple times, and each time he comes back worse, pointing out that Tick Tock and his minions are all versions of Danger. Rebecca, who sympathizes with Danger, tells him he should use what time he has wisely, instead of trying to acquire more of it. When Danger's time vortex opens, he steps through and meets his father in the past, but returns an elderly man, and realizes that Cecil was right, as he could not change anything. He shuts down the device, and Tick Tock is apprehended by Wilbur, who is reunited with Marissa and the children. Carmen and Juni announce they will co-lead a revived Spy Kids program, while Rebecca and Cecil become recruiters of new agents, including the kids watching the movie, breaking the fourth wall.
Why It Sucks
- This film introduced the infamous 4D Aroma-Scope. To summarize, scratch n' sniff cards were given to those who chose to watch the movie in theaters, and whenever the characters smell something in the movie, a number comes up on-screen and moviegoers were instructed to scratch that number and smell it. On paper, this is an interesting concept, but in execution, most, if not all of the numbers have the scent of a fart.
- The premise is weak.
- Unfunny and weak humor, mainly consisting of toilet humor, like when Maria defecates in her diaper.
- Like the previous film, it lacks a lot of wit and charm of the original Spy Kids movies.
- The story is a rehash of the first Spy Kids film, and even then the time travel elements make it surprisingly confusing near the end.
- The infamous "Power of Puke" scene.
- The villain, Tick Tock, has a ridiculously non-intimidating, high-pitched voice.
- Apparently, Robert Rodriguez got the idea for this film when he was filming Machete with Jessica Alba; during filming, Alba's baby, Honor Marie, defecated in her diaper and she had to go change it. While Rodriguez was watching her, he got the idea for a spy mom; basically, the movie was inspired by a baby defecating... which explains so much.
- Rebecca is an unlikable character, as she hates her step-mom and blames her for not telling her that she is a spy.
- Unresolved plot holes, like how Maria gained super strength without any explanation.
- The film was released eight years after the third film, so the idea for this movie was basically stale by the time it was released.
The film received negative reviews from critics and audiences and currently holds a 22% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 3.9 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Burdened by a rote plot and unfunny scatological humor, All the Time in the World suggests that the Spy Kids franchise has run its course."
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World opened at #3 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $11,644,672. The total domestic gross would later go up to $38,538,188. In foreign countries, the film made $47,026,122. Overall, the film made $85,564,310 against its $27 million budget. The film was a box office disaster.
- Robert Rodriguez did not want to make a fourth film, but was forced under contract to make it.