Movie Review: Real Steel (2011)


What do you get when you get the good parts of Sylvester Stallone films and Michael Bay robot action? That combo is Real Steel.

Set several years in the future when Robot Boxing has replaced human boxing, Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a former main event fighter that has been relegated to peddling his wares in county fairs and running away from his creditors. His luck changes when he connects with his son Max (Dakota Goyo) and he learns about commitment, trust, and not quitting.

The film's premise and script are pretty down the middle (although they occasionally toe on sub-par), but folks always like an underdog story and Real Steel is a pretty good one. It also helps that the robot boxing action is very compelling.

Real Steel won't knock down boxing classics like Rocky or Raging Bull, but it's the real deal as far as robot boxing is concerned.


Rating: 3.5/5


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