• Real Steel (2011)

Real Steel

Release Date: October 7th, 2011

DVD Release Date: January 24th, 2012

PG-13 |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) used to be a prizefighter but lost his chance to win a title when heavy, towering robots took over the boxing ring. Now working as a small-time promoter, Charlie pieces together scrap metal into low-end fighters, barely earning enough to make it from one underground venue to the next. After hitting rock bottom, Charlie reluctantly teams with his estranged son, Max (Dakota Goyo), to build and train a championship robot for a last shot at redemption.

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn, Karl Yune

Director: Shawn Levy

Genres: Science fiction , Action , Drama

Production Co: 21 Laps Entertainment, Montford Murphy

Distributors: Walt Disney

Keywords: Son, Heartwarming, Underdog, Competition, Suspenseful, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It is earsplitting, crowd-pleasing, and, no doubt, 'bot-pleasing, too. If you told me I would get emotionally and viscerally involved in two machines punching the hard drives out of each other, I would tell you you were crazy. I would be wrong. show more

  • 70
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    It goes through all the motions, properly and efficiently, and yet it's missing some core warmth. Watching Real Steel, I kept thinking of Brad Bird's retro-modern cartoon "The Iron Giant," and of how that picture humanized a metal alien so effortlessly. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    This punishingly predictable tale will test whether sci-fi action fanboys can stomach having their cherished genre infiltrated by sentimental hokum about a down-on-his-luck dad and his spunky long-lost son. show more

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