When teenage Max McGrath discovers his body can generate the universe's most powerful energy, he must bond with the only being able to contain it - a mysterious techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel. United as the superhero Max Steel, the two friends must combat an alien menace and unlock the secrets of their past. Written by
One thing I wish to get off my chest before I start; I have seen a large number of reviews unfavourably comparing this movie with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Before you peg that particular rock take this into account, This movies entire budget was $10,000,000 while Ant Man the el cheapo of the MCU had a budget of $130,000,000 so drop that rock.
SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT!!!!!!
Sadly it is obvious that what caused this movie just not to work...MONEY; they started with a small budget then one of the characters 'Steel' is going to be almost entirely CGI next they go for Quality over Quantity by hiring Andy Garcia (Oceans 11,12,13) as Miles Edwards and Maria Bello (The Company of Men) as Molly Mcgrath add a couple of young people to play the hero and his love interest then throw in some bit parts and extras and guess what there isn't much left.
So what are you left with a script which they have had to slash huge chunks of the original story line (see below for a thumb nail sketch of the differences) and still feels rushed at the end and slow at the start. There is no real character development main character opting for the default brooding loner character and the tacked on love interest a pretty mechanic chick finally two incredibly short fights in a movie about a character who can be summed up in five words "Max Steel Beats up Aliens'.
If I had to some the movie up in a few words it would be
"You can see every cent they didn't spend"
The movie does it's best with the money it has but Max Steel needed a budget of at least 30+ million to try and do the character justice
TV Series The Max Steel origin story story from the Series is Max McGrath is the son of the founder of N-Tech a secret paramilitary that help keep the world safe from what is later revealed to alien invaders.
Max's Father died in an accident when he was a baby. One day while visiting N-Tech's Max's out of control T.U.R.B.O. (Tachyon Unlimited Radiant Bio-Optimized Energy) Energy causes Max's fathers old Techno Organic partner Steel to awaken out of it's long stasis and bond with Max controlling his T.U.R.B.O. Energy (something his father also had) and turning Max into Max Steel Superhero and defender of earth.
It is later revealed that Max's fathers Accident was caused by Max's Fathers Partner Miles Dredd secretly siphoning of Max's Fathers T.U.R.B.O. energy during the experiment (Later revealed to be a super weapon to defeat the aliens) for his own use causing the explosion that killed his father and fused the energy Syphon to Dredd and causing him to need T.U.R.B.O. energy to survive.
Movie After many years of constant moving Max and his mother return to their old town near the facility where his father was killed in an accident. Max's Tachyon energy (it is only called T.U.R.B.O. energy once by steel in passing) is beginning to go out of control.
The flairs of energy awaken Steel from Stasis and escapes from the containment facility and goes in search of Max who he bonds with just as Max is about to explode. Before Max and Steel begin to explore his abilities they are attacked by generic black clad merc types in black four wheel drives. the pair escape and after an incredibly short training montage they are attacked by an evil alien ultra link which max just manages to defeat. now on the run from aliens and mercs Max's heads to the abandoned N-Tech facility to look for answers there they run into Miles Edwards an old family friend who it turns out and is working with the aliens and sabotage the weapon system that his father used his T.U.R.B.O. energy to power
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