October 9, 2011
Review - " Real Steel " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Directed by: Shawn Levy
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo and Kevin
A cross between Tranformers, Rocky and The Champ - Real Steel
appears to be a sci-fi action packed boy film but, girls, there is
something for you too. Originally a short story, this surprisingly
touching movie explores the troubled relationships of Charlie
(Jackman) on a quest to win big in the Real Steel tournaments where
futuristic 2,000 pound robots are pitted against one another in the
ring. The fans can’t get enough and I found myself really getting ‘into’
the matches on screen. The fact that robots were battling it out makes
it less painful than watching humans, although these humanoid robots
do make it look quite real. The CGI is great it this film – definitely a
welcomed addition rather than an annoying side effect.
Rising star Dakota Goyo, shines in this film and he will steal your heart.
He plays Max, the feisty 11 year old son of Charlie with a fiery spirit
and he really nails the role. With a range of emotion that really brought
out the characters of the film, it isn’t hard to see why Steven Spielberg
was an Executive Producer. It definitely has his stamp on it. Max is also
on a quest to learn more about his estranged father Charlie and they
find out they both have a passion for the boxing bots!
Evangeline Lily plays Charlie’s love
interest Bailey, and has truly shaken
her ‘Lost’ role and created a lovely
character in this movie. This movie
really gave me some unexpected and
truly delightful moments. There was
laughter, fist-pumping and a couple of
tears thrown in for good measure
which all makes for a great movie.
What I loved most was the lovely blend
of story and action – so girls, grab
your guy or date and take them to this
one – you will both love it.