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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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Shawn Levy

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John Gatins (screenplay), Dan Gilroy (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Charlie Kenton
Dakota Goyo ... Max Kenton
Evangeline Lilly ... Bailey Tallet
Anthony Mackie ... Finn
Kevin Durand ... Ricky
Hope Davis ... Aunt Debra
James Rebhorn ... Marvin
Karl Yune ... Tak Mashido
Olga Fonda ... Farra Lemkova
John Gatins ... Kingpin
Sophie Levy Sophie Levy ... Big Sister
Tess Levy Tess Levy ... Little Sister
Charlie Levy Charlie Levy ... Littlest Sister
Gregory Sims ... Bill Panner
Torey Adkins ... Large Texan Man
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Storyline

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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If you get one shot, make it real. See more »


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

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Country:

USA | India

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

7 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Real Steel: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Yankee Air Museum See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,319,677, 9 October 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$85,468,508

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$299,268,508
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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By 2018, with various advances in real-world robots walking and balance, such as the robot "dogs" the (science fiction future) version of the 2020 setting looks highly plausible, if the "boxing" competitions setting is paralleled with the existing "Robot Wars" fighting robot franchise. See more »

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After the fight with Zeus, Atom's mirror and mimic doesn't match Charlie's actions when Charlie has Max on his shoulders as Atom appears to start mimicking Max's actions instead. See more »

Quotes

Max Kenton: His name is Atom. Can we get him a fight?
Charlie Kenton: I don't think he was ever a boxing robot.
Bailey Tallet: He's a G2, built in early 2014. He's a sparring bot.
Charlie Kenton: They must have built robots like this one that could mirror the fighting style of any other robot.
Max Kenton: Okay, so can we get him a fight?
Charlie Kenton: Are you not listening? He's a sparring bot. Built to take a lot of hits, but never dishing out any real punishment.
Bailey Tallet: You can always try sell him off for parts.
Max Kenton: Can't you get him a fight?
Charlie Kenton: "Why can't you get him a fight?" God, you ...
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.15 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

One Man Army
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
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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No splitting this Atom, it has got a rock solid heart.
27 July 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Real Steel is directed by Shawn Levy and collectively adapted to the screen by John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven from a Richard Matheson short story called Steel. It stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis and James Rebhorn. Music is scored by Danny Elfman and cinematography by Mauro Fiore.

Set in the near future, robot boxing is a big crowd pulling sport. After a struggling robot operator is introduced to an 11-year-old son he has never known, they stumble upon a discarded robot at a junk yard....

We can all moan about the mimicry of an idea and the clichés that dominate Real Steel, but you really got to hand it to the makers for what they have achieved. They have crafted a family film that's perfect in this day and age. The story is one that any adult Sylvester Stallone fan can acknowledge and appreciate, the human heartbeat pleasingly steady, while the premise of big colourful robots beating the crap out of each other delights youngsters and us adults who are young at heart. Film pretty much does what any other film of this type does, lays on the syrup in the last quarter where second chances and family strife come thundering through the plotting. Undeniably it's hugely derivative, events are joystick operated to get an emotional response from a family audience, while product placement reins and the script often sags under the weight of unoriginality. But it does uplift the spirit and getting to the end is easy since it's so much berserker fun. Yes it's Atom the people's champion, yes it's David V Goliath and yes! It's Balboa V Creed. Nothing wrong with that really.

The cast don't really have to offer up much beyond being adequate within the context of the material, though a muscular Jackman finds good paternal chemistry with young Goyo. In fact Goyo is pleasingly not annoying, always a bonus is that. Inevitably the robots are the stars, they're a triumph of design and visual effects and a sight for sore eyes, while Levy has a good handle on staging the fight sequences; even when cribbing from Balboa. The near future look is terrific as well, with Fiore's colour photography very appealing. Coining in over $290 million at the worldwide box office (over £180 million in profit), Real Steel found the family audience it was looking for, proving once again that there is a market for simple and effective popcorn carnage. It's not high art or intelligently scripted, but was anyone seriously thinking that was going to be the case here? If you want brains with this premise then seek out Twilight Zone episode "Steel", starring the excellent Lee Marvin, otherwise just sit back and enjoy the ride and let the botty bots and human interest raise the pulse and gladden the heart respectively. 7/10

Home format release is a sparkling print, extras are annoyingly short but the blooper reel is fun, we get a stunt deconstruction, and we learn about the influence a certain Mr. Spielberg had on the production.


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