Staring Hugh Jackman Real Steel is a boxing drama set in the near-future where 2,000-pound robots that look like humans do battle.
Was it good?
Real Steel was a surprisingly good film and I say surprising because deep within the cool CGI effects and action scenes - involving gigantic robots - lies a heart felt story about a lost son and his dad who are reunited together (though reluctantly at first) thanks to the shared passion of the aforementioned robots.
Hugh Jackman plays a strong role as an ex-boxer turned, down-and-out-looser, but its the kid (played by Dakota Goyo) that really steals the show (sorry I couldn't help that line). When Jackman helps his son find a Robot called Atom, they set out on an adventure to become world champions but it's the relationship that the son has with the robot that transforms Jackman into a better father.
While this sound hairy fairy it combines well with the gritty battles that you see the robots undertake. The CGI effects are brilliant and this polishes off what I found was generally an entertaining action/drama flick with a solid moral subtlety that turns what could have been a film with no substance, into a film that is both entertaining and heart felt.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie
Director: Shawn Levy
Genres: Action/Adventure - Thriller, Children, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - General
80% - Great!