A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring…
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Entertaining in an old-fashioned way, «Real Steel» is inspired and clever, but it has nothing to do with Hugh Jackman. Once again, he has nothing to show except rugged looks and huge biceps. The real star is that kid, the animatronics and a director who knows how to throw a good punch.
Just like with Pacific Rim, a little more than what we might expect from the clash of big stuff on the screen. Actually a good, meaningful story. And, yeah: entertaining. The visual aspect dominates and is put to good use. We can, in the end, even say that there is a soft sci-fi premise, kind of diluted here. The underdog wins. The battlebots are sort of macho alter egos. It is through human shadowing the win comes.*
Haven't seen so many manipulative tears in one scene since that one Brazilian telenovela that was on some few years back. Was I manipulated into feeling something that wasn't there? Yes. Did I hate myself for it? You bet.
Although its concept won't please everybody, as it surely ain't original and can be easily compared to toys, Real Steel shows that movies about robots don't always need explosions or humans running around for no reason, and with its charm and interesting subjects, the Veronda brothers would be proud. http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2008/05/27/radio-controlled-robots-stage-a-realistic-boxing-match/