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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Ok good movieBy a customer , 11 Dec 2012This movie is alright! That how transformers should be instead of puting hot models to act on there film! This movie should have a second one coming soon as it is a good film
its the real deal i mean steelBy ironmaiden (5 reviews) , 06 Dec 2012enjoyed this film from start too finish fun for the whole family, the little boy did get on my nerves just a little bit,
watch this!By a customer , 06 Dec 2012really worth watching, jackman brilliant as usual! really fell in love with the characters! all round feel good movie, great underdog story and of course the boxing!
Boring, unengaging and a ridiculous notion (in my opinion)By Sammy1973 (303 reviews) from King's Lynn , 05 Dec 2012Boring, unengaging and a ridiculous notion (in my opinion). I did not take to this film at all, I felt the characters were boring and the whole thing with the robots being controlled by people was just really silly and it looked so fake. I ended up turning it off.
Smashing funBy mattyp91 (236 reviews) from Thatcham , 05 Dec 2012Great idea (and the future of boxing!!) - typical underdog story with a grizzled down on his luck lead, sexy love interest and a cute kid!! All fits well and a fun saturday evening movie.