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Published October 18th 2011
Shades of Rocky
Packing a powerful punch, Real Steel is a step into the future. Boxing movies are common in Hollywood and only the best succeed, as poor efforts fail due to the standards set by Raging Bull, Rocky and The Hurricane. Real Steel may not seem similar with giant robots pounding against the screen, but its core is exactly the same.
The film begins with Charlie (Hugh Jackman) and his love for robot boxing, travelling the country to make money through winning matches. After a few losses he questions his profession, until his 11 year old son (Dakota Goyo) is forced upon him with a new approach and a fresh outlook on the popular sport.
The relationship between father and son is the key to the movie, and the chemistry is definitely there. This is Jackman's best role in a long time, his emotion and physique enough to be immersed into the story circulating the former boxer. The rest of the actors are merely bit-part characters other than love interest Bailey (Evangeline Lilly), who emulates her male counterpart's impressive attributes.
The boxing scenes themselves are worth the entry ticket. From fighting in a rodeo, to a zoo, before finally leading up to an enormous arena, every battle is loud, fast paced and enjoyable. The sweet science increases in display towards the final fights, though with Sugar Ray Leonard at the helm, the bouts were always going to be outstanding.
Despite the finale playing out exactly like Rocky (simply without 'Adrian!') Real Steel is one of the better films this season, full of action and a strong story. The characters are likeable, villains are intimidating and the CGI is spot on, allowing for a seamless two hours. Don't miss out, as this is a movie best appreciated in a cinema.
I like movies with Hugh Jackman in them especially some of the X-Men movies. Real Steel sounds looks like a really interesting Sci-fi film. Can't wait to watch it. According to IMDb there's going to be a sequel released in 2014.
By David - senior reviewer Wednesday, 2nd of November @ 11:06 am