Real Steel is an action drama set in the near future about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who, against all odds, gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the new high-tech sport of robot boxing.
When the movie begins, it’s all about Big Boys and their Big Toys – definitely a guy flick. As it progresses, it turns into much more, with a little bit of something for everybody so they can go home feeling like it was an enjoyable movie.There is the boxing, done quite well with CGI robots, some street brawling, unrequited love, grimy Mad Max backstreets, and slick modern architecture with some really cool gadgets thrown in. Though there is not much in the way of new material, the heartwarming story of an unwanted kid wiggling his way into his reluctant dad’s life is acted well enough to get the whole theater cheering and crying.
Reviewer: Michael Black, FIDM Museum Coordinator