Excerpt: Long time readers know I enjoy powerful films. I like it when a movie can stir the emotions and pump us up. Real Steel is one such movie. Hugh Jackman plays a down and out ex-boxer named Charlie. He owes people money, and is trying to get it all back with robot boxing. His flaws include abandoning his son, and trying to get all the money at once. If you think Hugh Jackman sounds familiar, then you have probably seen one of the X-Men movies. He played Wolverine.
Excerpt: Boxing robots. Is this what we’ve come to for entertainment? A movie about boxing robots? I don’t know what’s more disturbing: the fact that there’s a mainstream movie starring Hugh Jackman about boxing robots or the fact that this movie grossed over $100 million domestically and nearly $300 million worldwide! All kidding aside, I really liked Real Steel and I’ll spend the next few paragraphs telling you why.
Conclusion: Real Steel is a technically competent but flimsy, emotionally manipulative father-son drama. Though the story it tells is a human one, it can't overcome that stupid, clunky robot boxing premise at its core. And yet, it is a film that many seem to like, so don't let my disapproval stand in your way if it looks of interest to you.
Conclusion: Maybe I’m a sucker for these kind of movies because of my own wonderful son and because I love comeback movies, but I really enjoyed Real Steel even if it was predictable. The animatronics by Legacy Effects are amazing, the special effects from ILM are up to their usual impeccable standard, and the cast is also excellent especially the multi-talented Hugh Jackman who makes every movie he’s in better than it should be.
Excerpt: The Movie In a future world craving ever-more violence in the ring, flesh-and-blood boxers have been phased out in favor of robot counterparts. It's a highly competitive, big-money sport where only the best of the best survive. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), himself a down-and-out fighter (aren't they all?), owns such a boxin' 'bot in Real Steel , and his personal lack of success as a pugilist is echoed by a string of bad luck with his thousand-pound metal counterparts.
Excerpt: Hollywood made a movie about Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots, and it’s good. Really good. The Mayans were right; we’re all screwed. Sadly, that also makes the 2012 joke played out on this site, meaning it can’t be applied to movies in which Stone Cold Steve Austin continues to find work. Oh well, it was worth it. Even with Richard Matheson’s name attached as a creator, and a Twilight Zone episode backing it , Real Steel should be outrageously stupid.
Excerpt: It's the near future and giant robots have taken over for human boxers. Watching these massive machines pound on each other has become the premiere sporting event in America. For washed-up pugilist Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine ), it's his means to a pathetic living. Call it Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots: The Movie if you want, but I'm telling you: Real Steel delivers.
Summary: You've been working with those robots for so long you've become one. Real Steel is a movie about souls. It's about losing the soul, finding it again, lending one to a lifeless entity that shows a need for one, and ultimately reinforcing the soul's purpose in life. Real Steel is also about bonds, friendship, grit, and determination, all things inherent to man but that are here shared between man and machine with the end result being a stronger bond between man and man.