This feature is definitely aimed at the retro gamer market as a long lost video game creates an apocalyptic scenario after going viral.
The only ones who can save the world are Max and his ragtag friends from the local video game store, owned by one Kevin Smith. While the film has a limited budget and it shows in parts, it feels much truer to its aesthetic.
As well as Smith we get a great cameo from the dependable Lin Shaye plus a small role for Cobra Kai’s Martin Kove who seems to be in a renaissance moment after his turn in VFW.
Max Reload… is packed full of heart and although some of the beats are quite predictable, this is very much a journey of friendship. This feels like Turbo Kid’s younger, mouthier cousin.
The final battle does deliver on its retro game promise which is shown in the opening sequences and rounds an enjoyable experience.
Max Reload and the Nether Blasters screens as part of Grimmfest’s May Madness event this weekend.