Real Steel, a REAL Boxing Robot Movie!

Have you watch REAL STEEL movie ?
Last 28 October 2011, my sister and I went to the cinema. We watched a real boxing robot movie, REAL STEEL !
Now, I’ll tell you some preview of this film. Check it out!

Plot

Real Steel is a 2011 American science fiction film starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is based in part on the 1956 short story “Steel” by Richard Matheson.

Hugh Jackman is the retired boxer trying to make a living in the new world of Robot Boxing. When we first meet him, his robot is wrestling a bull, the robot loses, and he makes a run for it without paying up his losses. In the next scene, he is selling his son, Max (Dakota Goyo), the 11-year old son he had all but abandoned, to his brother-in-law. In short, he is not the nicest of guys. But through some barely thought out plot contrivances, Jackman is left minding his son for the summer, they find a very old boxing robot, and pretty soon they’re learning to love each other.

There’s the fantastically realised robot fight scenes, the walking charisma machine that is Hugh Jackman, the stunningly beautiful Evangeline Lilly as his only friend, and a final fight that will have you cheering louder and louder.

It’s an odd role for Jackman, though he can’t help but exude a likable charm. It calls for him to be tough and rough, and he pulls it off well enough.

Goyo is a spunky and precocious actor. On a more nimble note, dance sequences featuring Max and his computer-generated robot doing the Robot (and other moves) are enjoyable. :D

Sugar Ray Leonard serves as consultant for the boxing portions of the well-choreographed fights, and it shows.

Cast

Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton

Dakota Goyo as Max Kenton

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!

Kevin Durand as Ricky

Evangeline Lilly as Bailey Tallet

Hope Davis as Debra

Anthony Mackie as Finn

Olga Fonda as Farra Lemcova

James Rebhorn as Uncle Marvin

Karl Yune as Mashido

Evaluation :

Fortunately, with the cost only a third of its budget of Transformers, Real Steel actually appear much more fulfilling, memorable and shows that do not need a big budget to produce an exciting battle between robots.
The battles between robots are not overdone, nice human drama, the characters – the main characters are memorable and the story written and executed correctly on the screen. The relationship between father and son are compelling enough to make the audience look closely at the screen. In addition, this film’s director, Shawn Levy also seems to show an actual talent in which he is superior to the film drama sci-fi comedy film (Night at the Museum of 1-2, the Pink Panther, etc.).

Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a professional boxer whose “work” had been replaced by robots. Inevitably, he also had to switch professions to become controllers of the robot. Unfortunately, temperamental nature and greed makes Charlie has always failed to win the match and broke because a lot of debt. However, his meeting with Max Kenton (Dakota Goyo), which is a child of his ex-wife, and obsolete robot named Atom, Charlie managed to change the lives of up to take him to the game world-class robot.

The core story of Real Steel is not really original. Who has not seen the film drama about the relationship between father and son are mutually incompatible? Obviously, there are hundreds – hundreds of movie titles that elevates this theme. Of course the difference is how the story is presented. And fortunately, Real Steel successfully present it well.

Yes, Real Steel’s main strength is the characterization and the relationship between father-child, all this of course thanks to the chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo which is very incredible. I felt that the focus of this film is a drama between father and child, while the boxing match between robots only to make this film look more original.

Unfortunately, there’s no explanation about the concept of robot boxing. And I think this is one of the lack from this film. Indeed, it can be tell by the audience, but I still need to have its own explanation in the movie.
Then, the antagonist was also disappointing because their role is so unattractive. They just act as a connection of the story alone and no relationships with our hero.

Now let’s talk about the battle robot and its special effects. I am sure many who put high expectations that this film would be like Transformers: The robot boxers error, then raging in the city. Destroy everything. Boom! Boom!
I actually think the action scenes in the movie is very awesome and not overdone. Visual Effects was also very good using motion capture. Display and robot motion is also very smooth. The good one, Atom looks have a feeling although he could not speak. Camera movement is also very supportive makes these inanimate objects like a living thing with feelings. In addition, the climax scene also very exciting and make your adrenalin faster.

Overall, Real Steel is a highly entertaining film and provide an unforgettable cinematic experience. It is made ​​and executed correctly, so the result of the film is not only entertaining but also memorable in the hearts of the audience.

What they say about REAL STEEL?

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times rated the film three out of four stars, saying, “Real Steel is a real movie. It has characters, it matters who they are, it makes sense of its action, it has a compelling plot. Sometimes you go into a movie with low expectations and are pleasantly surprised.”

Conversely, Claudia Puig of USA Today said that, “Though the premise of fighting robots does seem a plausible and intriguing extension of the contemporary WWE world, Real Steel is hampered by leaden, clichéd moments in which a stubborn boy teaches his childish father a valuable lesson.”

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film an A-, saying director Levy “makes good use of his specialized skill in blending people and computer-made imaginary things into one lively, emotionally satisfying story.”

James White of the UK magazine Empire gave the film 3 of 5 stars, saying, “Rocky with robots? It’s not quite in Balboa’s weight class, but Real Steel at least has some heft. There’s barely a story beat among the beat-downs that you won’t expect, and sometimes the saccharine gets in the way of the spectacle, but on the whole this is enjoyable family entertainment.”

Box office *\(^_^)/*

Real Steel has earned $74,704,468 in North America, and $108,000,000 in other territories as of November 2, 2011, for a worldwide total of $182,704,468. It had a worldwide opening of $49.4 million. In North America, it topped the box office with $8.5 million on its opening day and $27.3 million in total on its opening weekend, claiming the number one spot, ahead of the other new nationwide release (The Ides of March) and all holdovers.It managed first-place debuts in 11 countries including Hugh Jackman’s native Australia ($4.2 million).

Soundtrack

Soundtrack of Real Steel consist of 13 tracks featuring artists like Eminem, Royce da 5’9″ (Bad Meets Evil), 50 Cent and Foo Fighters.
Fast Lane” by Bad Meets Evil
Here’s a Little Something for Ya” by Beastie Boys
Miss the Misery” by Foo Fighters
The Enforcer” by 50 Cent
Make Some Noise” by The Crystal Method featuring Yelawolf
‘Till I Collapse” by Eminem featuring Nate Dogg
One Man Army” by The Prodigy & Tom Morello
Give It a Go” by Timbaland featuring Veronica
The Midas Touch” by Tom Morello
Why Try” by Limp Bizkit
Torture” by Rival Sons
All My Days” by Alexi Murdoch
Kenton” by Danny Elfman

Do you want the sequel?

In April 2011, DreamWorks announced it was developing a sequel to Real Steel. John Gatins, who contributed to the screenplay for the first film, was hired to write the screenplay for the second. Director Shawn Levy said in September 2011 a sequel depended on the success of the first film and that he would also direct it. The key actors—Jackman, Lilly, and Goyo—would reprise their roles if the studio proceeded with a sequel, though the production schedule would need to match Jackman’s crowded schedule.

Lastly, 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 the main point is watch this movie as soon as possible as long as there is still in theaters!

Extra note:
How important the meaning of spirit and confidence, never give up in facing any problem. When we fall, get up immediately, do not be lulled by the fall. Hopefully we can all apply an attitude like that!

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One thought on “Real Steel, a REAL Boxing Robot Movie!

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