Real Steel is an action packed thriller set in the year 2020. It’s the story of the underground world of high tech robot boxing that has taken over where human boxing left off. I guess it’s less violent if eight foot tall gleaming tricked-out remote controlled robots are getting knocked around than if real people do. Some of these boxing robots were pretty intimidating. The movie is directed by Shawn Levy and stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and ten year old Dakota Goyo. The movie boasts a talented cast that was attractive to boot.
Jackman plays Charlie Kenton a “has-been” boxer from back in the human boxing days. Charlie’s life is totally fixated on making money and traveling around the country with his boxing bots. He has a gambling man personality that costs him dearly in the robot boxing ring. In addition to the robot boxing story line there’s the sidebar love story between Charlie and Bailey (played by Lilly). Not to mention Charlie’s developing relationship with a son Max (played by Dakota Goyo) that he had long ago lost touch with.
I hadn’t heard much about this movie prior to seeing the premier on Monday night so I wasn’t sure what to expect. While some of the story line was predictable it was still an entertaining movie. I think young teenage boys would really like this movie. The talk in the theatre after the movie ended was positive, even some of the Mom’s who brought their sons liked this flick (thanks in part to Jackman I’m sure – at least in my opinion). One fun fact about the movie that I didn’t know was that Sugar Ray Leonard was hired by the filmmakers to serve as the film’s boxing consultant and to train Hugh Jackman for his appearance in the ring.
To get a sneak peek of the film or to find out more fun facts about the movie please lhttps://www.dreamworksstudios.com/films/real-steel
The movie is from Dreamwork Picture Studios and is rated PG-13. The show runs approximately two hours and will be in theatres starting October 7, 2011.
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to attend the early showing of this film. All opinions and views are strictly my own.