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.
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...
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...
Conclusion: By pulling together some classic themes; fathers and sons, underdogs, gigantic robots beating the crap out of each other; Real Steel manages to push a few audience buttons if never fully engaging either the heart or the mind.
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.
Conclusion: Real Steel is an exceptional movie that offers good, positive messages on trust, faith, family, and friendship, wrapped up in the guise of a quasi-Science Fiction film set in the near future where man has given way to machines in one little corner of the sporting world.
Summary: In the near future, the sport of boxing has gone high-tech. Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when steel robots took over the ring. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Maxto build and train a championship contender.