This one’s for you, Dad. You were always a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots fan, and I seem to remember you saying that you’d like to see the game turned into a movie. Well, now you’ve got it.
Real Steel is Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots : The Movie in all but name, and I have to say it looks like a lot of… fun. The movie probably won’t offer anything more than that (reference cringe-worthy line from Jackman’s character--you’ll know it when you hear it), but I can live with that as long as it entertains me. I go to the movies for a variety of reasons. But I think from an early age movies as fun entertainment preceded my appreciation for them as pieces of art. Watch below and let me know what you think.
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
One of the interesting things about this movie is that they used real, animatronic robots (19 of them were built) for the non boxing scenes (motion capture was used for the boxing scenes).
So, what did you think?