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Director Stewart Hendler, working from a derivative script by Christopher L. Yost, pulls out all the stops in the smash-bang climax of a movie that is, overall, mindless goofy fun. Clearly aimed at youngsters, "Max Steel" is possibly acceptable for older adolescents.Click here to read the full review
“Max Steel” is a unique movie featuring, in part, personal tornadoes and an alien theme. However, Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) might be just the teenager to defeat the threat to Earth. He is seemingly an ordinary guy, but there’s more to him than he even knows about himself—and he is soon to find out. When Max and his mom move into a new home, and Max’s mother (Maria Bello) speaks of a fresh start, Max reminds her that this is their ninth home. Max’s father Jim had passed away when Max was a baby, and there is some resentment on Max’s part as his mother refuses to talk much about it. His father’s past plays a big role in what is to come. Max begins displaying almost god-like, or supernatural powers. He has the ability to use liquid energy and send off power blasts. He soon has a sidekick of sorts in Steel, a robot or “ultralink”—unique in size and attitude—and this alien gives the film some humorous moments with his sarcastic comments. He and Max share a kind of symbiotic relationship. Max goes through a lot, while learning a bit at a time about his father’s past and dealing with his new powers. He also finds a bit of romance. There is a lot of fantasy violence and energetic fights in the movie, but comparatively little blood. There are some pretty well-done special effects that are featured.Click here to read the full review
Max Steel is what would happen if the movies E.T. and Iron Man somehow had a baby. Based on two television shows and a Mattel toy of the same name, the film is just as lightweight as you'd imagine and, if possible, even worse than you might expect. Oh, I can hear you now, you movie-lovers, you. "Paul," you say, "just how bad can a movie with intelligent roving killer tornadoes be?" And it's true, when you put it like that, you'd expect this film would have some promise. But alas, Max Steel never really reaches a level of goodness to be truly entertaining, nor a level of badness to be unintentionally funny. For all the weather disasters and wisecracking aliens and other feats of CGI wizardry, the whole movie feels like kind of a slog. That said, from a Plugged In perspective, it could be worse. A lot worse. There's no sex to speak of, and the violence—despite a few presumed fatalities here and there—rarely reaches a fevered pitch. It offers some nice messages about family and the importance of communication. If you're going to sit through a nearly two-hour commercial for Max Steel action figures, you might as well have a positive message or two to glean, right?Click here to read the full review
There’s a kind of vagueness about “Max Steel” that seems to be covering for a lack of substance beneath its sheen. Based on the Mattel toy and game series, director Stewart Hendler’s “Max Steel” is the origin story for a superhero that doesn’t feel ready for the big screen.Click here to read the full review