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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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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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$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Sophie Levy, Tess Levy:  The girls who ask to see Ambush and try to take a picture are director Shawn Levy's daughters. See more »


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ESPN Boxing Commentator: Kenton must have hardwired this bot with the will to go on.
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Written by Tom Morello, Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality (as Keith Andrew Palmer)
Performed by The Prodigy (as Prodigy) & Tom Morello
Liam Howlett appears courtesy of XL Recordings
Tom Morello appears courtesy of Epic Records/Sony Music Licensing
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Feel Good, Fun Movie !
20 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much when I saw this movie - and I'm not really a fan of movies where kid's are the lead - but, I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

Even though this was a "formula / underdog" type of movie, it had me cheering for Atom, Hugh Jackman was great and so were the cast of characters.

The CGI was excellent, I really connected to the characters, and it was just a fun, guilty-pleasure (c'mon, boxing robots - who DOESN'T want that !) type of movie.

Not quite "A Space Odyssey:2000" but then again, it's not supposed to be.


Recommended !

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