Real Steel

Published March 11, 2012

Real Steel

Film info

  • Title Real Steel
  • Director Shawn Levy
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 2hrs 7m
  • Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Action
  • Tagline If you get one shot, make it real

Enter the not-so-distant future where boxing has gone high-tech — 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots have taken over the ring. Starring Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter turned small-time promoter, Real Steel is a riveting, white-knuckle action ride that will leave you cheering. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the thrill-packed arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. Visually stunning and complete with knockout bonus material, Real Steel is a pulse-pounding, inspirational adventure filled with heart and soul.

Fast Facts

Title: Real Steel Director: Shawn Levy Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 7

Background Info

Now, I’ve always had a partiality for Mr Jackman, but I sort of stopped watching the X Men thing and was waiting for him to do something else. I’m not sure we would have watched this one if it wasn’t for HJ, and of course, Kate from LOST. The trailer looked good but the premise looked a bit weird.

Live Blog

1:07 - Ooh, I like a good wind farm. 1:59 - Have they purposely made him look like Jack? I know that Kate is in it too. 4:48 - It looks like a Transformer. 7:29 - That is Keamy off of LOST too, isn’t it? Just all of LOST then. 7:59 - Robot versus bull seems a really mismatched fight. 10:28 - Ridonculous fun! 13:42 - “You’ve been working with those robots for so long, you’ve become one.” 17:22 - If they are going to get together, he is a bit tall for her. 19:17 - He sold the kid and kept the kid at the same time? 22:54 - If that is CGI, it is incredible. 26:43 - Don’t listen to the crazy smart kid at your peril. 30:08 - I quite like the concept of robots taking the place of people beating each other up in the ring. 35:37 - There’s a space rocket in that scrap yard! 43:51 - I like that she is a lady good with electronics. 50:29 - It is annoying that she says everyone’s name so much. Charlie this, Charlie that. 55:30 - Why do all the robots keep identifying with the kid? 59:24 - It’s quite an obnoxious kid, really. 1:04:57 - They won something! 1:07:42 - The robot is doing the robot! 1:10:06 - “You’ve got that kid thing, people love that.” 1:16:32 - Surely a robot can’t recognise itself in a mirror. 1:20:11 - Sorry, but can we just have a whole film of robot dancing? 1:26:35 - I’m not sure all this fighting is good for the child. 1:34:09 - Why is he in her bedroom? 1:40:09 - Looks like the future is sponsored by Microsoft Bing. What happens to Google? 1:44:26 - Also sponsored by Sprint. 1:44:53 - Ooh, ESPN people! They appear in so many movies. 1:50:10 - Midfight angle grinding. 1:52:03 - “Are you kidding me with those eyes?” 1:58:59 - There is definitely something to be said for people skills.


I just can’t make my mind up about this one. The CGI was absolutely incredible, very well made throughout. The acting was pretty good, but the story was as predictable as it comes. The ending, perhaps, was slightly better than a too-good-to-be-true Hollywood thing, but still, it was all a bit silly. Despite that, I still really enjoyed it. The kid was obnoxious, and their relationship was an awful stereotype, but they had good dialogue.

Oh, and there was also robot dancing!

Better than a 3 out of 5, but only just, perhaps, a 4.

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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