It seems that this time of year there are a lot of testosterone movies out, and Real Steel is one of them!
Hit the music, set the lighting and bring on the boxing.
Set in the near future Hugh Jackman plays an ex boxer in a world where Machines now do the fighting. He’s down on his luck, when he is informed his ex girlfriend has passed away, and he is to become the legal guardian of his son who is now 11 years old, they have never met.
With debt collectors chasing him and his fighting robots on their last legs, Charlie does not come across as Dad material. Max played by Dakota Goyo is currently living with his Aunt and Uncle, and they are fighting for custody, but the Uncle is quite happy with his child free lifestyle so in a deal, he pays Charlie to have Max for the summer so he can have a relaxing holiday in Italy with his wife. The scrupulous man Charlie is excepts the deal and takes the money. He hopes to palm him off for the summer with his on/off girlfriend Bailey (Evangeline Lilly) but Max is having none of it.
The film followers them throughout the summer, an old robot saves Max’s life in a junk yardarm, so Max without help for Charlie takes him home and fixes him up. Max and the robot called Adam create a special bond. The film is just not an action film, but looks at the relationship of Father and Son. Max gets Charlie to teach Adam how to box, and as the robot becomes more Human like their relationship also develops. Dakota Goyo is adorable as Max, look out for his dance moves.
Hugh Jackman was trained by Sugar Ray Leonard to get his boxing moves up to scratch, it definitely paid off.
It’s full of action and the fight scene at the end will have you cheering in your seat, and if you don’t shed a tear then you are stronger than me!
This is a FAB rated movie
Directed by Shawn Levy
Cert 12 A
Released in the UK 14th October 2011
WATCH TRAILER HERE