Real Steel details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Children - Disney, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Fantasy - General|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES|
|Collections:||February - LOVEFiLM Picks, New Releases, Pay-per-view|
|Run time:||2 hours 7 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Feb 2012|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy, Real Steel is what Transformers should have been.
Most helpful review
Jackmans a jackass but the boy and his bot got real heart.By Turino (40 reviews) from Bracknell , 13 Oct 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]Its commendable how much of a douchebag a Hollywood star like Jackman is willing to play here. Ok, so there are no points for guessing if Jackmans down on his luck robot boxing promoter Charlie is going to change his ways by the end of the movie. But for a good forty minutes of the film, youll probably find yourself wondering how the hell the director, screenwriter and star are going to make a single audience member give an ounce of sympathy for this most unsympathetic of schmuks.
But in good old Rocky style, you will undoubtedly be cheering on the underdog when it comes to the David vs Goliath robot boxing match that is the climax of the film.
The central relationship between Charlie and his estranged son Max is believable as is the setting of the not-too distant or unfamiliar future. Kids still have daddy issues (especially kids who have dads like Charlie) and all that seems to have changed is that robot boxing is the sport of the future.
The robots are a brilliantly seamless blend of puppetry and CG effects and when Max discovers a battered boxing droid discarded (as he once was by his own jackass dad), the plot kicks into motion.
Its an enjoyable but predictable ride with Dakota Goyo impressive as the justifiably antsy kid. Jackman carries the film with his detestable Dad and a surprisingly convincing character arc. Losts Freckles (Evangeline Lilly) is wasted in a very similar way to her recent cameo in The Hurt Locker. She needs to find a new agent that wont leave her cheering on the action from the side lines.
The robot fights are realistically rendered but its the father-son relationship that makes this film the real deal. Great for families. Its out 14th October.
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real goodieBy corkus (22 reviews) , 15 May 2013heartwarming little movie,nice storyline,good acting from hugh jackman[he does no wrong]...but the thing is its also got lots of good action scenes within[you get to love the robot]...GREAT.
Jackman at his bestBy lizcam (8 reviews) , 31 Mar 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]I enjoyed this movie more than I had expected to and it just got better and better. Jackman's performance was top notch as was the little boy's, they made a great team. As one of the other reviewers said, this is what Robot Wars should be like - can't fault it and I loved the ending.
Real Bore....apart from the robots!By Fitzy76 (2 reviews) , 21 Mar 2013I rented this for my 2 young children to watch as they love robots. The scenes that include the robots are fantastic and the SFX are brilliant BUT...there was WAY too much dialogue inbetween, especially between Jackman and Lilly, who plays his love interest. This is were the film looses its younger audience. After one watch we only watched the robot scenes the second and third time round!
OK SciFi Action Drama - Rocky with RobotsBy GaryI (785 reviews) from March, Cambs , 15 Mar 2013It's Rocky with robots. That's it really, add in the basic estranged father/son narrative, a love interest and you've got Real Steel. Robots are fantastic, but I was a little disappointed there was no info that robot technology as advanced as it clearly is in the film was being used in the world for anything other than boxing!! Average movie lifted by good cast & CGI.
Action all the way..By DarrenG (2 reviews) , 01 Mar 2013Great way to burn a dull evening...completely different than anything ive seen before and you dont even have to think to hard...perfect if you simply want to zone out...