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A down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles, stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named AXL. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, AXL forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created AXL and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if AXL gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart, resourceful crush, Sara, to protect his new best friend.
Sci-Fi - This is a science fiction action adventure aimed at families, kids,
and younger teens, especially those who love dogs. The most
recognizable face, Thomas Jane, only has a small supporting roles.
Some action sequences, particularly those featuring a robot dog in
danger, may be too intense for the youngest of children, but most
parents will find this to be safe viewing.
PROFANITY: 2 miscellaneous profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Hard falls and tackles. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: Chases, explosions, and motocross action. COMEDY: Physical and sight gags with a robot dog.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 28 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: Six of the eight kids loved it but two hated it.
TEENS: The lone male rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The two males and one female all loved A.X.L.
ADULTS: About half of both the males and females loved this movie.
Another 10% to 15% enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately, about 40% of the males and close to 30% of the females only rated it "good/average," which is a bit low but not a bad review.