‘Maximum Ride’: Film Review

Screen variations of young-grownup novels get a nasty title with Jay Martin’s woeful movie based mostly on the perfect-selling collection (there have been 9 books to date) by the dangerously prolific James Patterson. Clearly shot on a shoestring funds and featuring abysmal contributions each in entrance of and behind the digital camera, Maximum Ride is an immediately forgettable affair that will entice viewers only due to their fondness for the source materials.

The central characters are a form of junior league X-Men, six genetically modified younger orphans who, thanks to their avian DNA, have the ability to fly. The winged members of “The Flock,” as they’re known, embrace the colorfully named Angel (Lyliana Wray), Nudge (Tetona Jackson), Fang (Patrick Johnson), Gazzy (Gavin Lewis), Iggy (Zayne Emory) and the title character, Maximum “Max” Ride (Allie Marie Evans), who serves as their unofficial leader.

The group’s members were raised in captivity in a fortress-like laboratory dubbed “The School” positioned in Death Valley. They have been ultimately rescued by scientist Jeb (Peter O’Brien), a father determine who ensconced them in a secluded home within the woods for their own security. Restless of their claustrophobic setting — teenagers will likely be teenagers, in spite of everything — they’re lured out of their refuge when Angel is kidnapped by werewolf-like creatures referred to as the “Erasers,” for causes that nobody with an zits-free face is prone to care about.

Derivative to such a degree that it seems nearly a parody of its style that has lost vital box-workplace steam, Maximum Ride is so ineptly executed that it’d as properly characteristic its personal Mystery Science Theater 3000 soundtrack. Other than Evans, who shows some charisma (and as much skin as possible with a PG-13 rating) because the sharp-tongued teen protagonist, the performers are wooden and unexpressive. But their failed efforts are stellar in comparison with the particular effects, with the quite a few flying sequences making those within the authentic Superman TV series seem leading edge by comparability. The audience for this film (and its intended sequels that will by no means occur) could also be younger, however they’re old enough to know higher than to tolerate this level of cinematic ineptitude.

Production: JP Entertainment, Studio 71 Distributor: Paramount Cast: Allie Marie Evans, Patrick Johnson, Peter O’Brien, Lyliana Wray, Luke Gregory Cosby, Gavin Lewis, Tetona Jackson, Zayne Emory Director: Jay Martin Screenwriters: Angelique Hanus, Jesse Spears Producers: Gary Binkow, Amee Dolleman Executive producers: James Patterson, Jenna Marbles, Andrew Reyes, Carrie Morrow, Leopoldo Gout, Bill Robinson Director of pictures: Ed Wu Production designer: Anthony Stabley Editor: Joel Griffen Costume designer: Angela Solouki Composers: Bowie Dinkel, Kelvin Pimont Casting: Chelsea Ellis Bloch Rated PG-13, 88 minutes

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