Thoughts: I really did not know what to think of the movie when I saw the trailer. It looked a little ridiculous but the movie was actually was a very good movie. I know there will some people who will like it and the movie others who will dislike it but it was a very fun and inspiring movie. Also it while it looked like a family movie from the trailers, I would say it is not a little kid’s movie because it is a very enjoyable movie for any age (warning it is rated PG-13). The kid in the movie, played by Dakota Goyo, looks a lot like a young Anakin Skywalker and has some of the same skills with robots/droids that Anakin did.
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Genre: Sci-Fi, Boxing, Action,
Release Date: October 7, 2011 (2011-10-07)
Running Time: 127 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: Spectacular special effects, Inspiring story, Awesome robot boxing scene,
The Bad: A little too predicable,
Plot: The following plot summery is copied from Wikipedia.com.
In 2020, human boxers have been replaced by robot boxers. Charlie Kenton is a former boxer who owns such a robot, Ambush, competing in unsanctioned matches and in exhibitions with it. At a rural fair, Ambush is destroyed by Black Thunder, a bull belonging to promoter Ricky. Having made a bet that Ambush would win, Charlie now owes Ricky $20,000, which he doesn't pay before leaving.
Charlie is informed his ex-girlfriend has died, and that he must attend a hearing to decide the fate of his preteen son Max (Dakota Goyo). Max's wealthy aunt Debra and uncle Marvin want full custody, which Charlie gives them in exchange for $100,000, half in advance, on the condition that Charlie take care of Max for three months while the couple are away on a second honeymoon.
Charlie and Max meet with Charlie's childhood friend Bailey Tallet, who runs the boxing gym of her deceased father, Charlie's old coach. There, Charlie buys a secondhand World Robot Boxing league (WRB) robot, the once-famous Noisy Boy, and arranges for it to fight the illegal circuit's champion, Midas, at a venue belonging to his friend Finn. Partly due to both his inexperience with Noisy Boy's combinations and his own overconfidence, Charlie ends up losing control of Noisy Boy and Midas destroys it.
Charlie breaks into a junkyard with Max to steal scraps that he can use to put a new robot together. There, Max falls over a ledge, where he is saved from doom by getting snagged on the arm of a buried robot. After Charlie pulls Max back up, Max digs out the entire robot, called Atom. On Max's insistence, Charlie takes it back to Bailey's gym, where they discover Atom is an obsolete Generation-2 sparring bot built in 2014. Atom has been designed to sustain massive damage, but is unable to deal much damage itself.
Plot: 8.0/10- The plot is a mix of Rocky, a father/son movie, and Rock'em Sock'em Robots. It works a lot better than it sounds, although it was a little predicable.
Action: 9.0/10- Real Steel is not the most action packed as far as constant action scenes but the robot boxing scene were probably the best CGI character fight scenes I have seen. The action felt like it was made with something real and not CGI with the motions and interaction looking so realistic.
Special effects: 9.4/10- The combination of practical effects and CGI effects was seamless and the motions for the robots looked very good.
Soundtrack: 7.8/10- The soundtrack was good and fit the theme of the movie well.
Comedy: 7.0/10- Real Steel had some humor in it.
Overall: 8.0/10- Overall Real Steel is a very good movie with a predicable yet entertaining story.
Closing comments: Real Steel is a fun and inspiring movie despite it's predicable plot.
Recommended for: Sci-Fi fans, Boxing fans, Hugh Jackman fans, Action movie fans,
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