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Sci-fi actioner set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech. From director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Date Night).
Hugh Jackman (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) stars as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo, Thor) to build and train a championship contender.
Action, Kids & Family, Science Fiction
Rating: M contains violence
If Steven Spielberg’s name didn’t pop up in the opening credits of Real Steel as Executive Producer, it wouldn’t be too hard to discern his involvement. The entertainment titan’s trademark absentee-father themes are at the core of the film and watching them play out yet again can be exhausting.
But this movie is aimed at kids (more so than I had anticipated) and it’s hard to imagine them not having a grand ol’ time, especially during the plentiful scenes of bonding between Hugh Jackman’s character’s estranged son (played by Jake Lloyd lookalike Dakota Goyo) and Atom, the sparring robot they train to be a promising fighter.
The CGI depicting the wide variety of nicely-designed robots is more or less flawless, and the film sparks to life whenever they’re on screen. The character development and emotional conflict, however, is bog-standard.
Jackman is competent but kinda sterile in the lead role, bringing little personality to the film. Goyo proves an engaging young actor, and no doubt an appealing surrogate for the film’s target audience. A story thread which sees him hip hop dancing with Atom before every fight pushes the film in a peculiar song and dance direction, but it’s an undeniably unique sight.
Aside from this, Real Steel is probably a little too generic (and long) to win over a grown-up audience rendered blasé about movie robots by the Transformers movies, but kids should respond well to its finely calibrated wish-fulfilment story.
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Better than you might believe
Hugh Jackman does his thing, with heart and energy, and only just manages to not be upstaged by the actor playing his son, who does a fantastic job. This movie is great fun, and deals lightly but convincingly with some emotional issues, without being ponderous or too adult.
The robot is imbued with enough pretend personality to evoke our sympathy, and there's not a moment of guilt at being drawn into a fantasy world, gunning for the underdog. Tons of fun for the whole family.
Robot Steel can take a punch!
A good bonding movie between a father and son.The son finds an old fighting robot then they improve it to take on the best in the boxing ring.It is set in the future only a few years from now.It feels real and not out of place for our times.An enjoyable 2 hours spent.
Hold back your cringe, for a good end!!!
I admit, the lines at times were laughable, the kid seemed bratty at times and not to mention they shot animal cruelty at the beginning, HOWEVER, it is worth a few cringes every now and then for the build up to the end. the david versus goliath battle was epic, and very good. So if you want a father learns to love his son film, and david faces off with goliath, you will enjoy this movie, at the end and feel it was worth it!
I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Fairly predictable story but awesome visual FX and they used some good old fashioned animatronics! I really liked hugh jackman's character. Very believable. To any parents out there, don't listen to GERD. I'd rather have my kids watching some father-son bonding with fighting robots than watching some singing chipmunks any day of the week.
Went into this movies expecting it to be average and hopefully watchable, but was pleasantly surprised! The storyline is great, no boring bits. Hugh Jackman played a great reforming a**hole, and dakota goyo was brillient! He really made the movie, with captivating acting skills. With a good storyline, great actors and awesome action, I would highly recommend this movie! It looks average in the previews but has a surprisingly addictive quality after the first five minutes. Wonderful surprise! Go and watch it!!
Sure, you could retitle Real Steel to Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Rocky, but a simple glimpse of the trailer is enough to let you know where it's obvious plot turns derive from. I was surprised to find myself not wanting to stab the lead kid Max in the face, although the movie uses the irritating family-friendly "the kid is never wrong" trait. You may've ignored my prior 68 words on irrelevant criticisms like "plot" to get to the meat: are the robot fight scenes awesome? Hell yeah they are. With a little tolerance, it's hard not to enjoy Real Steel.
Hallelujah... and hallelujah again
Soaking father-son romance with multiple typical American hallelujah hero bla bla. Not even good enough to get your kids into it as they only will be taught low IQ macho stupidity.
A Great Feel Good Movie
I went to this movie with apprehension and at first wondered if I had come into the wrong movie until I saw Hugh Jackman at the wheel of his truck. I was expecting it to be far into the future but soon found it was in a time similar to ours, the not to distant future. It's a relatable world with characters not much different to us. Real Steel was a pleasant surprise and had a Disney flavour, it's really worth seeing. It has a great story line, interesting characters and great robot fighting scenes. They were well-done and the Robots look so real and you would hardly tell that it was all done by computer simulation.
This movie is a heart felt father son story between and ex boxer Hugh Jackman and his son Dakota Goyo. I wouldn't be surprised is there is a sequel and I'd definetly go alone and see it.