Real Steel 2011

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A boxing drama set in the near-future where 2,000-pound robots that look like humans do battle.

Starring:
Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 7 minutes
Starring Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie
Director Shawn Levy
Genres Science Fiction
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
Rental release 20 February 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 7 minutes
Starring Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie
Director Shawn Levy
Genres Science Fiction
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 20 February 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 July 2012
Format: DVD
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.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 April 2012
Format: DVD
We sat and watched this with the kids last night and we all loved it. My 12 year old said it was awesome! I see someone else said it was like Rocky meets Transformers and yes, that probably sums it up well. The storyline can be a tad predictable, but its still very enjoyable. At the start of the film Hugh Jackman is a struggling robot boxing promoter - going through a very bad patch (everything he touches seems to go wrong) - who "agrees" to spend time with his 11 year old son who he hasnt seen since he was a baby. A typical Underdog movie, the heroes struggle throughout the movie but come out victorious in the end - the boxing scenes are good and you cannot help but smile at the dancing Atom, and find yourself shouting for him to win his boxing matches. All in all, great fun to watch and hopefully there will be a second film in the series, it was certainly left that way - my son and I agreed on one scenario which meant a follow on could be possible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Big tan on 16 Nov 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love this film! Such an action packed family film that will have you off your seat. Highly recommended to watch!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
**Contains unintended plot spoilers by making comparisons to movies they stole from hence my title "Reel Steal".**

Hugh Jackman is a robot fighter and doesn't win much. He owes a lot of money as he doesn't pay up on his losing bets. When his ex dies, she leaves behind, Max his 11 year old estranged son. He sells the "rights" of parenthood over to his ex's sister...but here's the catch. The new parents are going to Italy and they need Hugh to take care of his son for the summer until they get back. Got the plot figured out yet? Yawn.

While this sounds similar to "Paper Moon", Dakota Goyo is no Tatum O'Neill. Jackman comes across as Clint Eastwwood light. Jackman and Goyo were unconvincing in their roles, doing little more than reading lines. On the other hand, Evangeline Lilly as Hugh's girlfriend, gives us a good performance, what little we see of her. At times the movie was more like "Short Circuit" than "Rocky" demonstrating its appeal to children. Electronic money transfers apparently have disappeared in this age and everything is done in cash, making it easier to get beat up and robbed.

In the stadium runway, Goyo gets tossed a t-shirt aka "Mean" Joe Greene commercial style. The robot special effects were fantastic. But what really made the movie unbelievable was that the 11 year old hates hamburgers. There is an underground amateur boxing circuit where robots box. I liked this aspect of the movie as it has quirky characters and that "Thunder Dome Mad Max" aspect to it. Unfortunately there wasn't enough of it. They could of made all kind of odd bots with weird owners, but opted to have Jackman recite dull cliche lines instead. The climax not only reminds you of a "Rocky" rope-a-dope episode, they also stole lines from the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robyn B. Mcgorm on 16 Dec 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Hugh plays a mighty role worth every cent, great supporting cast with a different story that will have you on the edge seat plus entertainment, Robots fight in the ring that makes you wonder about down the track in the future. Action and suspense with the thrills and spills that go with it, what more could you want. The curves fly and things do go wrong, plus some things fall apart now. Not just a mans movie its every ones to watch and enjoy, so get with it, move on for a thrilling night of sheer delight with a mixture of feelings that have you reeling in your seat riveted to the chair. So set yourself up with the popcorn, relax and put your feet up settle for an fabulous night in with a delightful movie, a must to all to see. I rated this an A grade plus so enjoy!
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