Real Steel is a science fiction fantasy piece that imagines a world in future where all that is possible, where humans take control of giant robots to do battle on their behalf in the boxing ring.
There is a story in this movie, which I found to be just as interesting. Hugh Jackman is a former boxer named Charlie Kenton, who now makes a living off winning robot boxing matches.
Unfortunately, he faces bad luck when he loses a great deal of money from defeat in two boxing matches. Around this time, Charlie's 11-year-old son Max, played by Dakota Goyo, comes to spend time with him temporarily as part of a custody agreement with Max's aunt.
The boy is very unhappy at first, but soon, it's clear that one thing might bring him and Charlie together: robot boxing.
With the help of Evangeline Lilly as a robot mechanic named Bailey Tallet, the father and son strive to win some money from robot boxing.
One day, Max discovers a discarded but mostly intact fighting robot named Atom. Although Atom is an early second-generation fighting robot that is obsolete compared to other fighting robots, Max becomes attached to Atom.
Even Charlie does too, especially as he discovers that Atom's programmed ability to shadow a human's actions may prove useful in the ring.
Pretty soon, Atom becomes a sensation, inching closer to fighting the ultimate opponent in the World Robot Boxing league: a fearsome undefeated robot named Zeus.
Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo share a wonderful chemistry together that worked wonders for the film.
When director Shawn Levy’s robots step into the ring, there’s something almost magical about it.
Any time there’s a robot on screen, this movie works.
It has energy, it has excitement, it has your attention.
The important thing is that the movie explores a fun idea and features a main cast that, I must admit, delivers good performances.
We get an uplifting action picture for the whole family - for kids AND kids of ALL ages.
Overall, it's solid like real steel.