Director Robert Rodriguez took an odd detour from his series of over the top action pictures (e.g., El Mariachi, From Dusk Till Dawn) in the early 2000s when he made a trio of special effects-laden children's movies, Spy Kids (2001), Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002), and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003). It can be hard to walk away from a commercially successful series, and Rodriguez returns to his franchise eight years later with Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D. As with its predecessor, he also has composed the musical score himself, along with collaborator Carl Thiel. They don't seem to have expended much money or time on the effort, however, sticking to synthesized sounds of a rock band and an orchestra to play serviceable adventure music. Often, they seem to have had in mind other movies, as there are obvious echoes, for instance, of music for the James Bond series, notably in the cue called "Hammer Hands." This is music meant as anonymous accompaniment to the nonstop harmless action on the screen, but it doesn't show much originality or individual character on a soundtrack album.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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