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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Not much in the way of positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters too clichéd and one-dimensional to be considered positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Sci-fi battle violence. Frequent explosions. Demonic imagery with the bad guys. Bullies in high school trip Max in the hallway, play "keepaway" with the book bag of one of his friends.
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Products & Purchases
Character is from a line of action-figure toys released by Mattel.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Max Steel: Go, Turbo! is a 2013 animated movie about a teen boy who teams up with an alien life form to prevent an evil corporation from using turbo energy for its own foul ends. It's essentially an hour-long commercial for the Max Steel line of toys manufactured by Mattel. There is frequent sci-fi violence -- explosions, lasers, and some demonic imagery. As the new kid, Max must contend with bullies, but the issue is easily dealt with by virtue of him having superpowers. Overall, there are more explosions and yelling than there is actual story, but fans of Max Steel and perhaps sci-fi in general will enjoy the battles between good and evil. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There isn't much plot here. The story, such as it is, seems like more of a pretense to generate battle scenes, yelling, and explosions. The characters -- typical teen, evil corporate guy, jock bullies -- aren't exactly the most original, but for those who just want to see sci-fi fights between familiar action figures, this should prove to be an enjoyable hour of entertainment.
For those who want something more from their sci-fi, however, the thinness of the plot and the trite characters will be difficult to contend with, even for younger viewers. Overall, this is best for people who already enjoy Max Steel, either from other movies and TV shows or from the action figures.
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