Max Cloud

2020, Directed by Martin Owen

Scott Adkins is Max Cloud.

When a video game enthusiast named Sarah is transported into her favorite game, she finds herself on an intergalactic prison, home to the most dangerous villains in the galaxy.

The only way to escape the game is to complete it. Teaming up with space hero Max Cloud, Sarah battles the terrifying planet while her best friend, Cowboy, controls the game from her bedroom in Brooklyn.

Sarah’s realization her life is on the line, which is as much a buzzkill as her realization that every time she’s selected Max as her avatar, she’s unwittingly selected a misogynist pig redeemed only by his S-tier combat skills. Swarmed by space ninjas aboard their inoperable ship, Max goes sickhouse on them with moves straight out of The Raid, rendered deceptively cartoonish through the gaming medium. He pins baddies to ceilings with knives to the chin, decapitates them with closing doors, or slashes them to ribbons. “I scared them off,” Max roars after one such melee, “with an act of pure violence!”

Trailer

Max Cloud is a very different sort of film for Scott, but of course, there are some good action set pieces as well to keep the fan base happy, and obviously,

“I get to do something a bit different.The fight with the space ninjas, was harder to film because it wasn’t a big corridor, it was the size that it looked.” Scott: “You’ve got to get that wide angle lens on there and be aware of where the camera is. It’s no good stabbing someone in the face if you’re blocking the camera. It’s not just about what you’re doing, it’s about what the camera sees. It’s an illusion, and in a tight environment like that, you’ve got to be very precise. And of course, there are longer takes, because it’s a oner with hidden cuts, but you’re still dong prolonged sequences, longer than you normally would. All the sets were in a studio, but that particular bit was outside and it was December, and it was very cold in there.”

Wearing that costume...

The most memorable experiences in making the movie was wearing that costume. Scott: “having two costume ladies trying to force me into it. It was quite tight, and I had to lay off the coffee so that I didn’t need to undress myself before lunch. You couldn’t get the arms in over the shoulders, and it was hard get your feet into it, as well, because the bottoms, to even get your foot through was an ordeal. And then to stretch it over was difficult, so you needed help. You could kind of get it off on your own, but you didn’t want to rip it either, so you needed help.”

Switch your brain off

With Max Cloud Scott just wants to entertain people.”I want people to watch my movies and have a good time watching them and be entertained. I mean, I don’t think they’re going to take away any social messages or anything like that. Just want to switch your brain off. You know, obviously the times we’re in at the minute, it’s quite anxiety-inducing. It’s just switch off, enjoy the ride, have fun and forget about your troubles and your strife for a bit.”

"That guy's head came completely off his shoulders"

Scott always made sure the action is good. Scott Adkins hilariously delivers over-the-top “macho” dialogue before accurately parodying the fighting movements of 16-bit martial arts and laser gun brawls.

Some scenes are pretty intense for a comedy. Adkins repeatedly stabbing a character at least 10 times in a row. In other scenes characters receive a knife straight in the face, and we even get a little of The Raid influence, when a knife is stabbed into the top of an attacker’s arm and dragged down the length of it.

Also there are some pretty funy quotes of Scott Adkins in this movie:  “I’m Max Cloud, and I don’t have time for death!”. 
And satisfied with a laugh, after popping the head off someone’s torso: “That guy’s head came completely off his shoulders!”

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