Set in a future probably 10-15 years ahead of ours, human boxing has gone by the wayside, "There just isn't any money in it anymore." and the sport has been replaced with robotic creations in order to deliver more carnage. Robots lose arms, get split in half, decapitated, etc. Basically anything that would kill a human is why the sport switched over to robots. And the movie starts us out by introducing us to Charlie (Hugh Jackman playing what is frankly, a total d-bag). To make a long story short, he ends up having to take care of his kid from a past relationship and as so many father/son Hollywood films go, they become close. The kid actors in movies, Dakota Goyo who plays Jackman's son, Max in this case, are usually my least favorite part of movies, but he does a fair job here. Certainly not the worst that I have ever seen, but also not the best. I really just wish that one of these movies that has a part for a child would hire the kid who plays Manny Delgado in Modern Family...that kid is priceless. It was also nice to see Evangeline Lilly, now done with LOST, appear in the movie.
|Practicing how to be constipated|
|Clearly a blue robot on the left and a robot with a red mohawk on the right|
|Sweet Judy Green Eyes|
The thing about this movie that got me though, and it quite honestly knocked me like a punch from one of the robots, was my connection with the characters. The whole movie, I really didnt like the characters. Charlie is a d**k and Max is a brat. At this point I was watching the movie for the robot carnage. But I guess that somewhere inside of me, that changed because in the final fight there is a moment where I just got really emotional and was literally knocked for a loop when I realized that I actually cared for these characters and what happened to them. I still haven't quite decided if this is a good or bad quality of the film, but it was shocking to be tearing up at a freaking robot-boxing movie. God that last sentence sounds so dumb but it's true.
But ultimately, I would not watch this movie again. It's one of those movies that is a fantastic one-time view, but it just does not intrigue me at all to see it a second time. I'm sure that everybody knows one of those movies, and Real Steel is certainly no movie that I would watch multiple times in a year. I say that if you have a couple extra bucks and a free day and were disappointed by Transformers this summer, check out Real Steel.
Or go play Rock em' Sock em' Robots...
- Great special effects. The robots and their fights are really the star of the show
- On that note...distinguishable robot fighting! It makes a whole lot of difference Michael Bay
- Decent acting all around
- I appreciated the "realism" in the fights with Sugar Ray's help. It makes the movie seem less goofy
- Surprisingly emotional movie at the end. Or maybe that was just me...
- A one-time view movie; no reason I would watch it again
- Some really stupid parts make you remember that this is a stupid premise for a movie
- Child acting is sometimes awful
- For 75% of the movie, the two main characters are highly unlikable, almost annoyingly so