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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over [Music from the Motion Picture]

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As with the previous Spy Kids movies, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over features a score composed by its director, Robert Rodriguez. Presumably the music turned out the way he conceived it, even though most of the score is heavy-handed to the point of being annoying. Tracks like "Pogoland" and "Robot Arena" feature cheap, tinny synth sounds -- possibly to mimic the film's virtual reality video game setting -- mixed with loud orchestral and rock elements. While it's a mix of sounds that could work if they were balanced properly, most of the time they're all cranked up in hopes of creating energy or tension. Overall, the soundtrack is just too obvious -- cues like "Metal Battle," which not surprisingly has a heavy metal/industrial cast, overstate what is going on in the film. Some of the score's pieces make its heavy-handed playfulness work, such as "Toymaker," "Cyber Staff Battle," and "Mega Racer," while others, like "Programmerz" and "Welcome to the Game," manage to create some tension and suspense. Still, the score's overdone quality is what defines it, from instrumental tracks like "The Real Guy" to the badly named and even worse-sounding "Heart Drive," a sci-fi rap-metal song sung by Alexa Vega (Carmen Cortez in the movie) and Bobby Edner (Francis the Brain). Vega also sings "Game Over," a considerably better mix of teen pop, electronica, and Latin that showcases her increasing singing talents. Nevertheless, whether or not Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is the weakest volume of the trilogy, its soundtrack is definitely the weakest score that the series has yet produced.

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