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Max Steel

Max Steel
Starring:
Andy Garcia and Ben Winchell


Rated: PG-13 for some sci-fi action violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: October 14, 2016 Released by: Open Road Films

Director Steward Hendler's action/science fiction film is based on popular Mattel action figures and comic books.  It stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath. a high school student who moves back to his hometown with his mother (Mario Bello) years after his scientist dad was killed in a freak accident at a local laboratory.
 
They've moved many times in Max's young life, and he's never had an acceptable explanation from his mother for it.  His father's business partner (Andy Garcia) shows up to welcome them back, and offers Max his card so he can contact him in case he wants to talk about his dad.
 
Soon after settling into his old room, Max starts to experience weird energy running through his body and going down his arms and out his hands in the form of powerful blue streaks.  His new found power can stop car engines, cell phones and electricity.
 
After some investigating by the teen into the boarded up lab where his dad died, he meets up with a small flying robot named Steel.  Max puts on a helmet and super hero suit provided by Steel and when the two of them combine their powers, Max becomes, Max Steel, a flying, fighting machine.
 
Some of the special effects are pretty good, but a climatic fight scene is jumbled and filmed much too closely to have effect.  Winchell is an appealing actor, as is his girlfriend (Ana Villafane), but the story, aimed at young teens, is confusing and the action is not high tech enough to be satisfying.

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