So, with it being the start of 2013 you’d think I’d be talking about recent movies. Well not just yet, I re-watched Real Steel over the weekend and still love it. I’m not sure what I like so much about it. It’s not fantastic, but it’s a feel good film with some pretty awesome CGI. I’m going to have to put it on my list of favourites.
Real Steel is loosely based on the short story by Richard Matheson called ‘Steel’. The movie tells the story of Charlie (Hugh Jackman), the almost broke ex-boxer that now trains robot boxes to compete in fights for cash prizes. After buying the once famous Japanese robot ‘Noisy Boy’, Charlie hopes to become successful again. However, after discovering he is going to have to look after his young, but determined, son things quickly change for Charlie and his life.
Charlie’s son, Max (Dakota Goyo), desperately wants to be a part of Charlie’s life and shows that he won’t give up with anything. After a near death experience, Max finds a humanistic early generation sparing robot named Atom. He insists on taking Atom home, fixing him up and training him to become ‘the people’s champion’.
Directed by Shawn Levy, known for directing comedies, Real Steal is a 2011 film combining sports, drama and sci-fi. This movie is uplifting and combines different genres to create something unique.
Although Real Steel received mixed reviews when it was first released in cinema, there was a sense of excitement at the premiere, according to Levy. And for fans of the first film, there is anticipation for Real Steel 2. There are currently no trailers for the sequel or a release date, but it is rumoured to be released later this year still staring Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo and Evangeline Lilly as Bailey. The plot of the sequel is likely to focus on the custody of Max and where Atom came from before he ended up being buried in a cliff.