Vladimir, a spy sidelined following a mission with multiple collateral damage, must collaborate in a surveillance mission with Hector, a geek, on an offshore platform. But the radiésite, a top secret mineral is stolen under their noses, and the duo will launch out in search of the thieves…
“Spycies” was one of the most anticipated films of the Events section of the Annecy Festival 2019. Firstly because the man in charge was none other than Guillaume Ivernel, co-director of the hectic and formidably wacky ” Dragon hunters “and artistic director on the charming but all-purpose “Ballerina”. Then because this story of spy animals promised beautiful action scenes, with twirling camera movements. But by changing the screenwriter and targeting a much younger audience, here he is making a film, certainly inflated to the block level of chases and antics, but whose stakes escape too long the attentive spectator,
Following Wladimir the spy cat (purple) and his teammate Hector the rat (with a reddish brush cut) on a laborious infiltration mission in a hospital, “Spycies” does not bother with realism and logic in its sequences. Each of the gags or puns falls flat one after the other, despite the genuine involvement of dubbing actors, such as Monsieur Poulpe. And the secondary characters form more of a catalog frustrating in its overview, between angry elephant chief, bandaged monkeys, ophthalmic mole, ram embedded in a door, disturbed parrot and hen in a straitjacket who takes herself for a spy.
In the end, the plot ends up becoming a little embarrassing, when the final explanation arrives, a bit like a hair on the soup, just like during the few moments supposed to provoke emotion… and ultimately rather triggering laughter. Fortunately, there are still a few funny but insufficiently developed secondary characters, and above all a real sense of action.
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