Real Steel (2011)
Dir: Shawn Levy
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly
The 21st film I have seen at the cinema this year, Real Steel will definitely be making an appearance in my Top 10 of 2011 – it’s enjoyable, family entertainment and I absolutely loved it.
IMDb: “Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.”
While the plot itself is nothing new, the characters are very likeable and visually it’s great fun. Fighting robots were always going to be fun though, weren’t they?
Charlie Kenton (Jackman) makes a living by fighting average robots in average fights. He doesn’t have the money to take on the big boys – the robots in the World Robot Boxing league. The robots in the WRB are highly successful machines that are controlled by the latest technology.
Zeus is the current champ of the WRB. Described as ‘The King of the Robots’, he has piston-programmed punch mechanisms in his arms. He has never been beaten and no other robot has even survived beyond the first round with him…
Will Charlie’s robot, Atom, dubbed the ‘Junkyard Bot’, be able to take Zeus on?
Happily, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s not just the robots that have jazzy names. The main arena where all the fighting takes place is called Crash Palace and there’s a junkyard called Metal Alley.
Real Steel is a fun film, which I’d quite like to go see again. A film packed with so much action benefits from being seen on the big screen. I guarantee that the 8ft bots, some of which were actually live-action robots, will be all the more impressive on a 30ft wide cinema screen.