Movie: Real steel

By admin
29 November 2011

Action adventure.

With Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Dakota Goyo.

Director: Shawn Levy.


Opens 2 December.

Rating: 3/5 

What’s it about? 

It’s the year 2020. Boxing promotors are making lots of money putting on matches featuring robots which they design and manufacture. Then a crooked promoter discovers he has an 11-year-old son.

Who will enjoy it?

Real Steel is as right for the festive season as an iPad in your stocking or fruitcake and trifle. It’s aimed at hip movie fans who just want to enjoy a good watch rather than serious film fundis.

This gripping adventure from the makers of the Night at the Museum flicks starts on a high note before setting off on a psychedelic, glammed-up Rocky-versus-Transformers trip that will give ­gaming fans a hefty but fun kick in the butt.

The plot is predictable but delivers a punch that will send your popcorn into orbit.

Hugh Jackman plays the funky dad – who, with his son, puts on a match that sets steel against iron – with just the right amount of cool attitude and tough-as-nails wilfulness.

The robots have human qualities and deliver knockout blows that would have had Muhammad Ali against the ropes. Think of it as an updated, mechanised version of The Champ, with robots that are way smoother than I, Robot and Transformers’ clumsy machines.

This is more than mere entertainment – it will manipulate and sweep you along until in all the excitement you might forget to sip your cooldrink! With

its youthful, edgy tone, super-modern look and cool story this is top movie fun.

Similar films

The Transformers films; The Champ; Rocky; I, Robot.

Popcorn facts

The film is based on Richard Matheson’s 1956 short story, Steel.

Professional boxers were used for the fight scenes. Their actions were then recreated on computers and used to mechanise the robots.

The fight scenes were choreographed by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.

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