Agent Cody Banks: Destination London
2004 by Tony Medley
This is a movie made
for children. For some reason, teenager Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is a
CIA agent. Heís sent to London where some nefarious people, one a
dentist, put some kind of chip into peoplesí teeth that connects to
their brain. This allows the nefarious people to control their actions.
They want to implant these things in world leaders, including a brutish
President of the United States during an international conference and
control them all. Cody and his partner, Derek (Anthony Anderson) are
trying to thwart them with the help of another teenager, British Agent
Emily (Hannah Spearritt, making her American feature film debut;
Spearritt is a member of the popular British music group S Club 7).
Adults will find
this film idiotic. There are so many gaps of logic that it would be
meaningless to document them. What bothers me is that itís targeted to
children but contains quite a bit of violence. Codyís a martial arts
expert and uses it occasionally. Also, the way they get the chips out of
peopleís teeth is to punch them in the face. Please donít ask me to
explain this, but when they punch them, the chips plop out, sort of like
the Heimlich Maneuver.
I saw this at a
media screening that was full of children because the media were invited
to bring their children. It didnít seem to me as if the children were
enjoying it much, although I did ask a man if his son enjoyed it and he
said he did. I wouldnít recommend it to children for several reasons.
First is the violence. Second is that there is nothing to be learned
from this movie. Third is that itís nonsensical. I donít think that
movies should be made for children that make no sense or that contain
scenes that impressionable children could believe that are, in fact,
March 6, 2004