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|Featuring:||Ben Winchell … Max McGrath
Josh Brener … Steel (voice)
Maria Bello … Molly McGrath
Andy Garcia … Dr. Miles Edwards
Ana Villafañe … Sofia Martinez
Mike Doyle … Jim McGrath
Phillip DeVona … Harkins
Billy Slaughter … Murphy
Al Mitchell … Dr. Smith
Lawrence Kao … Dr. Lee
|Director:||Stewart Hendler—“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” (2012), “H+” (2011-2013)|
|Distributor:||Open Road Films|
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “16-year old MAX MCGRATH has just moved to a new town - and is desperately trying to fit in—when he discovers his body can generate the universe’s most powerful energy. Unbeknown to Max, a slightly rebellious and hilarious techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel has been keeping an eye on him, hungry for his super-human energy. When they finally meet, they discover that together they form MAX STEEL, a superhero possessing powerful strength beyond anything in our world. These two unlikely friends soon find themselves hunted by sinister forces who want to control Max’s powers, as well as an unstoppable enemy from another galaxy.
‘Max Steel’ is a superhero-origin story about a teenager named Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) whose body inexplicably starts to generate massive energy bursts that he can't control. After he meets Steel, a techno-organic extraterrestrial, the duo forms a symbiotic relationship that harnesses their combined energies.
Max and his mother (Maria Bello) have moved back to a small town called Copper Canyon, the same municipality where Max's scientist father died mysteriously shortly after he was born. Taking on a mentoring role is Dr. Miles Edwards (Andy Garcia), who Hendler describes as ‘one of the keys for Max to unlock and figure out what the heck is up with his powers and what happened to his dad.’
Max McGrath and his alien companion/protector Steel must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel. The teen is imbued with an energy power called TURBO, which stands for Tachyon Unlimited Radiant Bio-Optimized.”
The film is based on Mattel’s Max Steel action figure toy line and related TV series franchise “Max Steel” (2000), “Max Steel Turbo Missions” (2008 ), and “Max Steel” (2013).
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…As lifeless as the action hero it’s based on… Even tweens may find themselves underwhelmed…
—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter