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A-X-L (2018)

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A.X.L. is a top-secret, robotic dog who develops a special friendship with Miles and will go to any length to protect his new companion.

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Oliver Daly

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Oliver Daly
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Neustaedter ... Miles
Becky G ... Sara Reyes
Alex MacNicoll ... Sam Fontaine
Dominic Rains ... Andric
Thomas Jane ... Chuck Hill
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Randall
Patricia De Leon ... Joanna Reyes
Niko Guardado ... Scroggins
Marie-Françoise Theodore ... Captain Webber (as Marie-Francoise Theodore)
Ted McGinley ... George Fontaine
Madeline Bertani ... Lyssa
Andrew Ortenberg ... Royce
Hassie Harrison ... Kirsten - Gas Station Girl
Magdalene Vick ... Pam
Sam Upton ... Craine Operative Stark
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A.X.L. is a top-secret, robotic dog created by the military to help protect tomorrow's soldiers. Code named by the scientists who created him, A.X.L. stands for Attack, Exploration, Logistics, and embodies the most advanced, next-generation artificial intelligence. After an experiment gone wrong, A.X.L. is discovered hiding alone in the desert by a kind-hearted outsider named Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who finds a way to connect with him after activating his owner-pairing technology. Together, the two develop a special friendship based on trust, loyalty and compassion. Helping Miles gain the confidence he's been lacking, A.X.L. will go to any length to protect his new companion, including facing off against the scientists who created him and who will do anything to get him back. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. is captured, Miles teams up with a smart, resourceful ally named Sara (Becky G) to protect his new best friend on a timeless, epic adventure for the whole family.

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Man's best friend has evolved


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Rated PG for sci-fi action/peril, suggestive material, thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,782,017, 26 August 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,501,381, 18 October 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The film is based on the proof-of-concept short film Miles (2015) by writer/director Oliver Daly. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: A-X-L/2001: A Space Odyssey (2018) See more »

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The Up and Down
Written by Antonio Campos de Orellana, Olivia Reid (as Olivia Caitlin Reid)
Performed by Hykuu feat. Olivia Reid
Courtesy of Bonfire Records
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A-X-L is a mediocre junkpile of nuts and bolts.
27 August 2018 | by eparazakSee all my reviews

A-X-L is about a young teenage boy who is very into motorcycle racing. He encounters a top secret robotic dog with an AI system who eventually befriends it. He teaches it how to be good and to distinguish right and wrong. However, after some antics, the government and the creators begin to interfere.

Going in, I didn't expect anything spectacular. From what I could gather from the previews, it seemed like a by the numbers kids flick. In some ways, I wasn't wrong, and I do think that kids will enjoy it. It is a competently made film with its small pluses. It has good cinematography, decent pacing, a far better score than this movie deserves and I feel like it does try with the script.

However, this movie suffers from some major problems. For example, it has a romance plot between the main character, Miles, and a girl played by Becky G that I could not buy at all. The male lead's big problem is that his acting is bad; he barely shows any real emotion or charisma in his performance throughout the entire runtime. The female lead suffers from simply having no distinct personality aside from being a graffiti artist. At the very least with Miles, he at least has some memorable traits such as knowing how to repair machinery. But the girl suffers from having no character. Don't get me wrong her acting isn't bad too, I thought Becky G tried with this role. As such, I found it impossible to buy that the characters were in love; they don't share any real chemistry; it's just a pointless sideplot that feels forced.

My biggest issue with it, however is that by the end, I realized that this, intentional or not, is nothing but a complete rehash of The Iron Giant. It stars a kid who befriends a machine. Seeing that it may be dangerous, the government tries to intervene. The boy meets somebody who is willing to help him protect his robotic friend. To me, this sounds exactly like the plot of The Iron Giant, except that movie has charm, humor, fun characters and even some substantial political commentary on prejudice. This movie even rips off the ending to Iron Giant beat-by-beat, which was the biggest giveaway to me.

A-X-L may be enjoyable for kids, but the fact that it has an uncanny resemblance to a far superior animated movie really bothered me.

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