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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eat your heart out staloneBy terryclarkson (11 reviews) , 04 Jan 2013come in and take a seat , watch the gutsy kid teach jackman a few things. on the lines of stalone but i feel better. great family film ,love robots love this film .
brilliant film, RecommendedBy TuCanChew (14 reviews) from Worcestershire , 02 Jan 2013Great film. This film is like a modern day rocky and has the same feel good factor when ATOM (the underdog) finally fights ZEUS (the Champ) in the final fight. The weepy will also like the underlying story on how a little boy and his father that disowned him from birth are brought closer together throughout there time together. Would watch again.
Average at bestBy Arya (12 reviews) , 30 Dec 2012This film promised so much. All it consisted of was a predictable stroyline, a disappointing ending and undeveloped even unlikeable characters. The film took too long to get going, Hugh Jackman had a very dislikable character and little connection with love interest Evangeline Lily and little was found out about Jackman's past, which was constantly hinted at. The end of the film was probably the best part. The final robot fight was exciting and the characters finally started to connect with each other and the audience on an emotional level. However, the final outcome of the film was rather abrupt and left me thinking 'Is that it?' I like Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lily but this film was disappointing to say the least. Exciting fight sequences and good acting-that's all.
more for dudes than chicksBy cheesekake (1501 reviews) from uk , 15 Dec 2012not a bad film the emphasis on this film is the action and special effects not the acting, the actings a little lame, but the rest is pretty good. defo more of a dudes film though more than a chick flick
watchable but just onceBy a customer , 13 Dec 2012An ok family film enjoyable to watch. However you've seen the predictable characters before and watched the plot in so many other films only saving grace is the story of fighting robots is original but could have been better with just a bit more imagination