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Real Steel

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Shawn Levy
  • 121 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Sci-fi action drama starring Hugh Jackman. In the near future, robot boxing has become the world's biggest sport, but small-time promoter (and ex-fighter) Charlie Kenton is struggling to make a living. Then into his life comes Max, an 11-year-old son he didn't know he had, who encourages his down-at-heel dad to try his luck with an old sparring robot he finds in a junkyard.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This uneasy mix of hi-tech sci-fi adventure and redemptive family drama stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a down-at-heel former boxer in a not-too-distant future where robot boxing has become the world's biggest sport. Struggling to find a new lean, mean fighting machine to take on his robot rivals and clear his mounting debts, Charlie instead finds himself saddled with the 11-year-old son he abandoned at birth. Director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) stages a handful of electrifying fight scenes (a testament to Sugar Ray Leonard, who acted as consultant on the film), although there's nothing particularly ground-breaking in terms of the special effects, with the robots coming across as little more than polite, lower-league Transformers. The father-son exchanges between Jackman and Dakota Goyo press several emotional buttons, but the saccharine life lessons are delivered with such a weary predictability that this offers fair few surprises.

Credits

Cast

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Charlie KentonHugh Jackman
Max KentonDakota Goyo
Bailey TalletEvangeline Lilly
FinnAnthony Mackie
RickyKevin Durand
Deborah BarnesHope Davis
Marvin BarnesJames Rebhorn
Tak MashidoKarl Yune
Russian robot ownerOlga Fonda
ESPN boxing commentatorPhil LaMarr

Crew

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DirectorShawn Levy

Details

Theatrical distributor
Disney
Released on
2011-10-14
Languages
English | Ukrainian
Guidance
Some violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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