In a sci-fi movie like this, set and production design are crucial to crafting a believable world. Taylor Jean works wonders here, building off existing technology in a natural way, so everything presented feels realistic. While at the same time, looking visually impressive. From Haven’s brain to the talking reflection in the mirror, whatever budget this film had was put into the impressive visual design and effects. Sir Mordred is included here, as the walking suit of armor and the circuitry beneath the helmet look fantastic.
“…the perfect tonal balance of drama- stemming from personal demons—intense thrills, visceral excitement, and comedy.”
The cast is able to generate the proper amount of awe and terror when called to do so. As the titular hero, Mikelle is excellent. Her first conversation with her mom, about her deadbeat dad, shows both the character’s serious side and snarky humor. She handles it wonderfully. Buchanan, as the conflicted Connor, is also great. He believably sells his character’s hidden dreams and fearful nature of his parents. Chad Michael Murray as the eccentric inventor Atticus has a brief role, but he makes the most of it.
Max Winslow And The House Of Secrets is a sci-fi thriller for the entire family done right. While a few aspects don’t work as intended, or feel contrived, they are minor hiccups in a fun, well-paced film. The cast is excellent, the direction is atmospheric and kinetic, and the visual design is terrific.
"…a technology-gone-awry thriller aimed at the entire family."