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Real Steel (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  7 October 2011 (USA)
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In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Levy ...
Big Sister
Tess Levy ...
Little Sister
Charlie Levy ...
Littlest Sister
Bill Panner
Large Texan Man


In the near future when people become uninterested in boxing and similar sports, a new sport is created - Robot boxing wherein robots battle each other while being controlled by someone. Charlie Kenton, a former boxer who's trying to make it in the new sport, not only doesn't do well, he is very deeply in the red. When he learns that his ex, mother of his son Max, dies, he goes to figure out what to do with him. His ex's sister wants to take him in but Charlie has first say in the matter. Charlie asks her husband for money so he can buy a new Robot in exchange for turning Max over to them. He takes Max for the summer. And Max improves his control of his robot. But when the robot is destroyed, they go to a scrap yard to get parts. Max finds an old generation robot named Atom and restores him. Max wants Atom to fight but Charlie tells him he won't last a round. However, Atom wins. And it isn't long before Atom is getting major bouts. Max gets Charlie to teach Atom how to fight, and the ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Real Steel: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office


$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,319,677 (USA) (7 October 2011)


$85,463,309 (USA) (10 February 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an obvious nod to the iconic game "Rock'em, Sock'em, Robots", during the Atom/Zeus fight, Mashido assumes manual control of Zeus and grabs two simple joysticks and moves them back and forth operating Zeus exactly as done in the board game. See more »


When Charlie and Bailey are on the roof, his hand position (wrapped up in her hair) changes with the camera angle. From behind Bailey, his fingers are straight (1:35:42 & 1:35:52). From behind Charlie, his fingers are curled (1:35:47 & 1:35:54). See more »


Charlie Kenton: What do you want from me?
Max Kenton: I want you to fight for me! That's all I ever wanted!
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References Metropolis (1927) See more »


Why Try
Written by Wes Borland (as Wesley Louden Borland), Fred Durst (as William Frederick Durst), John Otto (as John Everett Otto) and Sam Rivers (as Samuel Robert Rivers)
Performed by Limp Bizkit
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The Heart Of Steel
13 October 2011 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

Based on what everybody said, Real Steal is like Over The Top plus Rocky with Robots. Over The Top because there's a man, his son, and a truck. Rocky because it's obvious. Put these films together and add robots and minus Stallone. Real Steel is not very innovating though but it's excitingly great and has plenty of heart. It's also the return of Hugh Jackman although we just saw him a little last June. There are lot of things to recommend in Real Steel.

The premise isn't really that intriguing. It's boxing replaced by robots. Films with Giant CGI Robots are not innovating since we have Michael Bay's Transformers. But the heart and soul lies to the relationship of Charlie and Max and their robot, Atom. It's fun to watch them. The fighting scenes are pretty exciting. That is what most underdog fighting movies do. The only problem here is the weak major antagonist. It's not really that threatening or a big deal. Ricky was more threatening than the gigantic Zeus.

The filmmaking is pretty decent. Well shot scenes. The CGI robots and the music score are good enough. Nothing to say about the production design except Charlie's truck. It looks fascinating for some reason. The performances were great. We don't see Hugh Jackman in action movies after two years and there's a small cameo of him, flipping off two characters(it's obvious but I won't tell you the title). Here in Real Steel, Jackman is energetic and somewhat perfect for the role. Dakota Goyo is a bit charming. Chemistry of him and Jackman shines through the film. It's fun to watch them together.

There aren't much new here in Real Steel but in the end, it's enjoyable and has plenty of heart. The climax isn't so much overwhelming but it intends to be more heartfelt. Again, it's like Over The Top which the father is trying to make his son proud and Rocky because it's boxing and add some robots in it. Even without thinking much about the robots, there is always human heart in this film. Hugh Jackman does it again. The underdog fighting movie genre does it again. It's really a fun film for the whole family.

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