Real Steel details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie|
|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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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...
Good movie. Lousy title.By Lucullus (82 reviews) , 01 Feb 2013I really didn't think I would like this movie but I did. The story is a little weak in places and a bit of a tried and tested one but it is quite engaging. The effects are good and Jackman is his usual Aussie self giving a good performance. The young actor I found a little annoying. He came across as a bit of a jerk to me but that's just me. All in all, I've seen other movies with a lot more potential and not enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed this one. Certainly worth a look.
Robot Warrior!By a customer , 21 Jan 2013Good Robot fighting, This is what Robot Wars should be like! How cool would that be? Endings a bit dissapointing, you think.... Is that it!
A boys' film!By Muskrat (45 reviews) from Oswestry , 08 Jan 2013Our teenage boys loved this! Agree its Transformers meets your average kick boxing film but they loved it and watched a couple of times.
Loved it!By a customer , 06 Jan 2013Loved everything about this film, the great father/son story line, the huge robots (want one of those!) It's great and would recommend it for viewing.