[Review] Real Steel

Real Steel posterReal Steel (2011)

Dir: Shawn Levy
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly

The 21st film I have seen at the cinema this year, Real Steel will definitely be making an appearance in my Top 10 of 2011 – it’s enjoyable, family entertainment and I absolutely loved it.

IMDb: “Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.”

While the plot itself is nothing new, the characters are very likeable and visually it’s great fun. Fighting robots were always going to be fun though, weren’t they?

Charlie Kenton (Jackman) makes a living by fighting average robots in average fights. He doesn’t have the money to take on the big boys – the robots in the World Robot Boxing league. The robots in the WRB are highly successful machines that are controlled by the latest technology.

Zeus is the current champ of the WRB. Described as ‘The King of the Robots’, he has piston-programmed punch mechanisms in his arms. He has never been beaten and no other robot has even survived beyond the first round with him…

Will Charlie’s robot, Atom, dubbed the ‘Junkyard Bot’, be able to take Zeus on?

Happily, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s not just the robots that have jazzy names. The main arena where all the fighting takes place is called Crash Palace and there’s a junkyard called Metal Alley.

Real Steel is a fun film, which I’d quite like to go see again. A film packed with so much action benefits from being seen on the big screen. I guarantee that the 8ft bots, some of which were actually live-action robots, will be all the more impressive on a 30ft wide cinema screen.

★★★★

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13 thoughts on “[Review] Real Steel”

  1. Glad someone enjoyed it. I don’t really plan to see this one, but I may rent the DVD when it comes out. People do seem to be giving it good reviews, which surprised me.

  2. Real Steel is a blast, an unabashed crowd-pleaser that mixes Rocky, Transformers, video games and father-son bonding to great, if corny, effect. Still didn’t need to be 127 minutes though. Nice review.

    1. Hi Dan, thanks for commenting. It was always on my ‘to see’ list but I wasn’t desperate to see it, if that makes sense. I’m really glad I saw it, though. It’s just a really fun movie!

  3. Nice review, I am going to have to break down and see this movie. I thought the trailers made it look like complete garbage but I have been seeing lots of positive blog reviews.

  4. Hi, Claire and company:

    Great review!

    Real Steel is very much this generation’s Rocky. With a human and robotic underdog that delivers!

    Well executed CGI highlights wicked cool ‘Rock Em Sock Em Robots!’ fight scenes for a delightful ending anyone can see from a mile away.

    One of the few new films made for kids (read boys young and old) that parents won’t be embarrassed to watch as well.

  5. Great review! The kid was funny to watch!

    I liked Jackman in this film. I just didn’t like the film as much as you!

    I wish the 2 headed robot would’ve had his head pop up in tribute to the rock-em sock-em robot it resembled! 🙂

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