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Real Steel: Real Awesome

October 19, 2011

In the not so distant future, giant remote controlled robots replace human combat sports. Charlie, (Hugh Jackman), is a former professional boxer turned robot boxing manager. He is barely getting by and seems to be in debt up to his eyeballs. Enter Max (Dakota Goyo), the son Charlie abandoned at birth. Charlie reluctantly and unwittingly takes Max on the robot boxing circuit, where together, father and son make a comeback, both in their relationship and in the robot-boxing arena. The heartfelt drama of The Champ combined with the excitement of Rock ‘em Sock ‘em robots on steriods makes “Real Steel” both electrifying and emotional.

The film also stars Evangeline Lilly, of the T.V. series “Lost” in her first big screen debut. The chemistry between Lilly and Jackman is undeniably hot and their connection helps to drive the emotion in this movie.

“Real Steel” is directed by Shawn Levy who also directed “Night at the Museum” and “Date Night”.

The film is based on a 1956 short story called “Steel” by Richard Matheson.

“Real Steel” is a surprisingly amazing movie. I wasn’t expecting it to be what it was. Both storylines, the comeback of a failure and the father/son relationship are well played and well casted leaving the audience both cheering and crying.

Filmed in Detroit, it’s fun to see Cobo Hall and other familiar buildings.

Running time: 128 minutes
Release date: October 7
Genre: Action/Adventure/Drama
Rating: PG13 for brief violence, language and intense action
This movie is fine for kids, there is nothing objectionable in the movie that would offend or traumatize.

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