In all my years as Runpee Mom, I’ve never given a movie the lowest grade possible. Allow me to expound on why AXL took me to the desert wasteland of F-. Watching this ‘robot dog’ being brutalized by a series of nefarious characters hit me like a gut punch. The movie demanded that we not only fear the viciousness of this creation, but also find him loveable.
Well, that notion severely backfired. Seeing AXL being tortured in so many ways was heartbreaking. In my theater, a child of about six was so upset at seeing the ‘doggy’ being torched like a metal marshmallow, that the mother took him out of the theater. Other young children in the audience were obviously traumatized by most of the torture scenes. No child left the theater with a happy face; most looked shell shocked.
The treatment of AXL is only the tip of the iceberg. The acting was substandard, the directing was miserable, and the writing felt as if it were written by a first year creative writing student. Plot holes were standard, and some scenes were absolutely ridiculous.
The last scene indicated there could be a sequel. Will the next one be set in a POW camp filled with children? And yes, these places do exist.
About the Peetimes: I found two good Peetimes. Both give you four minutes to break, so let your bladder decide.