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Max Steel (2016)

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The adventures of teenager Max McGrath and his alien companion, Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Brett Gentile ... Mr. Quinn
Jahnee Wallace Jahnee Wallace ... Student / Thirsty Kid
Avis-Marie Barnes ... Ms. Bernardo
Brandon Larracuente ... Attentive Kid
Clayton Frey ... Punk
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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This October, Unleash Your Power.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Čelični Maks See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,182,216, 16 October 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,818,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,272,403
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Trivia

Skyler Samuels and Skyler Day were previously tested for Sofia Martinez before Ana Villafañe got the part. See more »

Goofs

Max puts his bike in the back of Sofia's truck when she picks him up. But it is missing in the overhead shot of them on the bridge en route to N-tek. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Molly McGrath: [to Max sitting on roof of house] Max! What are you doing up there?
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Soundtracks

LIVE ACTION SOURCE KITCHEN MOTOWN
Written & Performed by John Valentino and Matthew A. Thorne
Courtesy of Mattel Rhapsody
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Yes it's cheesy, and generic, but it's kind of fun.
9 February 2017 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'MAX STEEL': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A sci-fi action movie, based on the popular Mattel toy series. It tells the story of a teenager, and an alien, that merge their powers together in order to become a superhero named Max Steel. The film was directed by Stewart Hendler; who's also directed the sci-fi TV shows 'HALO 4: FORWARD UNTO DAWN' (based on the popular video game) and 'H+' (co-produced by Bryan Singer). It was written by Christopher Yost; who's also co-written 'THOR: THE DARK WORLD', the upcoming 'THOR: RAGNAROK', and multiple animated TV series. The film stars Ben Winchell, Ana Villafane, Maria Bello, Andy Garcia and the voice of Josh Brener. It's received almost unanimous negative reviews from critics, and it bombed at the Box Office. I think it's a decent kids' movie, but it's definitely nothing special.

Max McGrath (Winchell) is a teenager, that just moved to a new town, again, with his mother (Bello). At the same time, he's discovering he can generate enormous energy. He's also attracted the attention of a local girl (Villafane), in the new town, and the attraction is definitely mutual. When an alien, named Steel (Brener), introduces itself, things become even more complicated.

The film is the type of movie that I would have probably loved as a little kid, so I definitely can't be too hard on it. I even kind of enjoyed it, as an adult, because it reminds me of the type of movies I really liked as a kid. Yes it's cheesy, and generic, but it's kind of fun.

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