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Max Steel

  • Family
  • Action
  • 2016
  • Stewart Hendler
  • 92 mins
  • PG

Summary

Sixteen-year-old McGrath is bewildered and unsettled when he suddenly starts exuding increasingly powerful energy from his fingers. As this power grows to dangerous proportions, Max meets Steel, a small but feisty flying alien who says he can help. Family fantasy adventure, starring Ben Winchell, Maria Bello and Andy Garcia, with the voice of Josh Brener.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Maria Bello and Andy Garcia waste their talents in this bland and flimsy sci-fi origins tale, inspired by a children's action figure and its animation spin-offs. Aimed at tweenies, but likely to be too boring and uneventful for most of today's discerning youngsters, the aspiring franchise-starter sees angsty teen Max (forgettable Ben Winchell) evolve into an underwhelming, Iron Man-style superhero when he joins forces with a lamely wisecracking alien parasite linked to his dead dad's mysterious scientific research. Repetitive effects and excessively dark visuals do nothing to liven up the overly padded mix of adolescent clichés, confusing plot details and a surfeit of clumsy flashbacks, amazingly all scripted by the co-writer of Thor: the Dark World and Thor Ragnarok. A screamingly obvious villain removes any element of surprise, and there's not even a decent climax to reward viewers for sticking with such a low-calibre story.

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Credits

Cast

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Max McGrathBen Winchell
SteelJosh Brener
Sofia MartinezAna Villafañe
Dr Miles EdwardsAndy Garcia
Molly McGrathMaria Bello

Crew

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DirectorStewart Hendler

Details

Released on
2016-10-25
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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