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Max Cloud Blu-ray Review

“Max Cloud” just rips off other movies.

“Max Cloud” (AKA “The Intergalactic Adventures Of Max Cloud”) begins with a gamer (Sarah) playing a faux video game Max Cloud. After a disagreement with her dad, Sarah wishes she could play games all day. Her wish is somehow granted by an in-game Space Witch which causes Sarah to wind up inside the Max Cloud game. When Sarah’s friend Cowboy comes over to her place, he discovers that Sarah is in the game and has to try and beat the game to hopefully return her back to the real world.

If you’ve seen “Tron,” “The Last Starfighter,” “Zathura,” or any of the 3 “Jumanji” movies, “Max Cloud” will be all too familiar to you. The difference with “Max Cloud” is that it takes place in 1990 and pays homage to retro video games of the past. Basically, it’s as if writer/director Martin Owen and co-writer Sally Collett just asked “What’s popular now?” (ie “Jumanji,” nostalgia, and video games) and combined that into one movie (only this one has a much smaller budget with cheeseball FX). In theory, this could have been a fun send-up to games like the beat ’em up “Double Dragon,” but the problem is the humor falls completely flat. It tries to tow the line between corny and clever, but it just comes across as trying way too hard.

Surprisingly, the movie does have a solid cast though with action hero Scott Adkins, John Hannah, Elliot James Langridge, Isabelle Allen, Franz Drameh, rising star Lashana Lynch, Tommy Flanagan and Sally Collett all having sizable roles. Even though Adkins seems to be having fun spoofing sci-fi heroes, he really hams it up alongside Lynch and Hannah (as intentional as it may be). The best performance here comes from Sally Collett who plays Rexy. Probably helps that she co-wrote the script so she at least had a handle on her role and the movie itself.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it sound? Expect a solid hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The track isn’t likely to wow anyone but it does the job.

Extras include a “Max Cloud” trailer and trailers for other Well Go USA titles

January 13, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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