Max Steel: Go, Turbo!

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Toy and TV show tie-in has more sci-fi violence than plot.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 64 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Not much in the way of positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters too clichéd and one-dimensional to be considered positive role models. 


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.  


Character is from a line of action-figure toys released by Mattel. 

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What 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. 

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What's the story?

Maxwell McGrath (Andrew Francis) is the new kid at his high school. He seems like a typical teenager, except, as he soon learns, he generates Turbo Energy, the strongest energy in the universe. He teams up with a robot alien force named Steel. Steel knows how to regulate Max's Turbo Energy, something Max is having a difficult time with. Together, they must use their powers to prevent an evil corporation from harnessing Turbo Energy for their own wicked ends. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism. Why would a toy company want to have movies and TV shows made in which their action figures feature prominently? 

  • How was bullying addressed in this movie? Did it offer any solutions?

  • Did the violence in the movie seem necessary to the story, or did it seem forced or overblown for purposes of keeping the movie entertaining? 

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