With “Max Steel”, RTL Nitro will show one of the most boring and outrageous superhero films that have ever been made this evening from 10:20 pm. Would like to be the next Iron Man, but it’s just a bunch of electronic junk …
For a change, the superhero film “Max Steel” is not based on a comic, but on a series of action figures and the accompanying animation series. But ironically, that just makes the movie more generic – like it was just pieced together from a handful of well-known comic franchises. Unfortunately, the result is not a technical masterpiece like Tony Stark’s back then, who welded his Iron Man armor together in a cave in the desert from electronic scraps, but a large heap of junk.
In 2009 the then famous “Twilight” werewolf Taylor Lautner was originally supposed to take on the lead role in the live-action version – but when the time finally came in 2016, the largely unknown Ben Winchell stepped in for him instead. At the same time, this also meant a significant reduction in the budget. In the end, the toy company Mattel only let jump a measly five to ten million dollars. (But competitor Hasbro is much more generous with “Transformers”, “Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins” or “Barbie”.)
Despite the mini-budget, “Max Steel” still turned out to be a catastrophic flop: A miserable $ 6.3 million was raised at the North American box office (that doesn’t even cover marketing costs). In Germany it was only enough for a direct home theater evaluation:
» Max Steel “on Amazon*
This is the (super boring) plot of “Max Steel”
After another move, teenager Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) returns to the place where his father was killed in a laboratory accident years ago. While he quickly falls in love with sweet Sofia (Ana Villafañe) at his new school, his body is not only going crazy because of the love hormones:
Max charges himself again and again until the stored energy can hardly be controlled. Max only gets his new skills under control when he meets the alien, robot-like being Steel. Because when the alien and the teenager combine, they mutate together into the invincible superhero Max Steel …
Certainly not an alternative to Spider-Man
The parallels to Peter Parker aka Spider-Man are obvious in this plot. But Ben Winchell just isn’t Tom Holland or Tobey Maguire. Nevertheless, the guilt does not lie solely with the pale leading actor: The brooding Max is given a sidekick with the alien robot Steel, who acts like a really lousy stand-up comedian, he knocks out one embarrassingly unsuitable oneliner after the other.
And where Spider-Man was still swinging through the city canyons, Max just hops and flies around a little in an empty ruined building – spectacular is definitely different. Even if Max then finally unites with Steel to form Max Steel in order to activate his barely defined “turbo powers”, the result is more reminiscent of an economy version of the “Power Rangers”. Hanebuchen, interchangeable, boring – that’s how you get the last bit of fun out of even a superhero story!