I’d been waiting to see thismovie since I saw a sneak preview of it on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Now, having watched it, I can’t help but feel cheated. Robots beating the crap out of each other, hard to mess up right? Even so, Real Steel seems to be a less than a sum of its parts. Even Hugh Jackman couldn’t really save the movie.
So, the movie is set a couple of years in the future, where robots have replaced humans in the boxing ring, to give the audience ” no holds-barred brutality”. Charlie Kenton is a retired boxer, now robot trainer who is down on luck. Forced to travel from city to city, in search of new fights and to hide from his debt-collectors, he finds himself burdened with his annoying 11-year old son Max. What follows his two hours of emotional garbage, interspersed with a few awesome robot fight scenes.
Hugh Jackman is his normal, awesome best, Evangeline Lily and also delivers an OK performance as Bailey Tallet – Charlie’s friend, mechanic, and an important mother figure to Max. Dakota Goyo annoyed me as he played his semi-Justin Bieber character. The one redeeming fact was the fights, but these were few and far between.
The soundtrack was fantastic and perfectly suited to the the scenes in the movie, with songs by Eminem, and 50 Cent. Special mention must also be given to the Visual Effects team, which made the robots absolutely realistic.