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December 31, 2018

A-X-L (2018) --- "Man's Best Friend Has Evolved."

Plot Summary
A.X.L. is a top-secret, robotic dog that has advanced artificial intelligence created by the military. After an experiment gone wrong, A.X.L. is discovered hiding in the desert by Alex, a kindhearted outsider who finds a way to connect with the robot. The two soon develop a special friendship based on trust, loyalty, and compassion. Helping Miles gain confidence, A.X.L. goes to any length to protect his new companion, including facing off against the scientists who want their creation back. (1)

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     The bond between man and dog is sacred, and it goes back to the beginning of time. Directed and written by Oliver Daly (Miles), A-X-L (2018) is a charming sci-fi drama about Miles (Alex Neustaedter - Colony), a young motor-cross racer down on his luck, and the advanced robot dog, A-X-L, that he stumbles across after it escapes a government facility.

     A-X-L (2018) accomplished its mission to be an entertaining and family-friendly. The story is short and straightforward but it moves along at a quick pace and struggles with delivering enough surprise, drama, and suspense to entrap audiences. Nonetheless, this is a short and quirky film with a good story and great visual effects that, while predictable, caters more towards the hearts of a younger audience, preferably for children.
     The cast gives good performances. Alex Neustaedter is excellent and convincing as Miles Hill, a young motor-cross racer and the only son of a one-time-dirt-bike-racer-turned-widower mechanic. Becky G (Power Rangers) is good as Sara and her chemistry with Neustaedter is good. Alex MacNicoll (Transparent) as Sam plays the overdone antagonist well but he does not expand much past being a spoiled man-child. Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea; The Mist) gives a good performance as Chuck Hill, as well as Eric Etebari (The Infiltrator; Lincoln Lawyer) as a sort of second antagonist.

     Overall, A-X-L (2018) is an entertaining family-friendly film that caters more towards a younger audience. The story is short and straightforward, but don’t really expect there to be dramatic and exciting twists. The cast though gives good performances, but perhaps if the story catered more towards an adult audience then the cast would have been given more of an opportunity to give better performances. I highly recommend this film families, especially those with young children in elementary or middle school.

"We're in this together."
- Miles

Final Vote --- 6.5 of 10 stars

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