Real Steel

Real Steel

DVD - 2012
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Charlie Kenton is 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 to build and train a championship contender.
Publisher: [United States] : Touchstone Home Entertainment, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD Real st
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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richmole
Mar 15, 2019

A bit conflicted about this movie.

Positives:
It's from a short-story of a writer I admire greatly: Richard Matheson. Movies from his work include Benjamin Button, the Incredible Shrinking Man, I am Legend (filmed 3 times) What dreams May Come, Somewhere In Time, Stir of Echoes. How MUCH of Matheson is left? My hunch: the basic premise, but not so much the "farther/son" stuff...which Spielberg loves to hang his cinematic hat on.

Visually, it's a kick; the artistry of those Robots--and they're real; no CGI on Atom or any of the others. The fight scenes are extremely effective.

Good performances all around, especially the kid, Canadian Dakota Goyo.

Negative:
If it was an ADULT film, I could excuse the boxing premise. But it's a KID movie. You know it, I know it, Steven Spielberg--the producer--knows it. It's also easy to see it as a male macho stereotype movie. Which means not only the boxing concept is suspect, but so is the premise of the father's redemption at the end. Uh-oh.

Do you really want you kids to see this?

The ending's a cop-out. Sure, the "underdog" robot wins the fight--but does the kid win his father? Or, perhaps, does the father win the kid? Fade Out before we get to find out.

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jayfeather_06
Jun 22, 2018

I don't recommend this movie for entertaining yourself.

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reypotter06
Jun 19, 2018

This was an okay movie, personally I don't recommend wasting a movie night on this.

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Gwen904
Jun 18, 2018

Huh. If it didn't have Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly in it, I wouldn't have bothered. It had a few other famous actors in it too. But the plot was predictable, formulaic, nonsensical, and boring. The SFX was great, but there were a lot of things that were just mediocre. I'm not watching this again, and I honestly think I shouldn't have taken the trouble to get this out of the library and watch it.

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Les_J
Apr 14, 2018

Pretty entertaining action flick for all ages, that mostly uses giant robots for the violence, similar to Transformers movies, or a monster truck rally.
Though, I almost turned this off near the start, when Dakota Avery Goyo (playing Max Kenton) appeared and was a brat.
A few scenes later, his personality changes to be agreeable, and gains our sympathy, as he bonds with his also stubborn father, Hugh Jackman (playing Charlie Kenton), on the robot fighting circuit.

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chester1023
Aug 04, 2017

i liked the movie fairly well.....

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ZaraZ
Apr 22, 2017

This movie caused me to think that once Actors have children they start making the ones their kids can watch.

If this hadn't been Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly, I'd never been able to watch it through to the end. To me not much glue holding it together.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 06, 2016

Revenge of the jock. Beat the nerds at their own game. Nice premise, but fighting robots still decades away from reality.

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paulewog3
Mar 05, 2016

how many times is Wolverine going to play the "Coach" roll to a machine? somebody boot up Chappie...

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pidanwu
Dec 21, 2014

This movie combine ideas with the movie Rocky and the Wii video game. You still feel it's human boxing even it's Robot fight.

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Gwen904
Jun 19, 2018

Gwen904 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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reypotter06
Jun 19, 2018

reypotter06 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Les_J
Apr 14, 2018

Les_J thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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aaronpasco
Jul 14, 2014

aaronpasco thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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hoangtran125
Sep 29, 2013

hoangtran125 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and under

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avanderw
Jul 11, 2013

avanderw thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

SilkyNara Dec 07, 2012

SilkyNara thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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indigo_cat_379
Jul 10, 2012

indigo_cat_379 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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bdls206
Mar 25, 2012

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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TheBigMan
Feb 27, 2012

TheBigMan thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Gwen904
Jun 19, 2018

Sexual Content: Flirting, kissing, and some slightly inappropriate outfits. Charlie has fathered a son even though he is not married to his girlfriend.

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Gwen904
Jun 19, 2018

Violence: Big, boomy, loud robot fights with metal smashing metal. A boy almost falls of a cliff.

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TheBigMan
Feb 27, 2012

Coarse Language: Just a bit, it's a PG-13 movie after all.

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TheBigMan
Feb 27, 2012

Violence: If robots beating the crap out of each other seriously bothers you, this might not be your movie.

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bdls206
Mar 25, 2012

Max Kenton: Shut up! You're not helping!
Charlie Kenton: Actually, I think I am.

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bdls206
Mar 25, 2012

Charlie Kenton: How old are you? 9? 10?
Max Kenton: I'm 11.
Charlie Kenton: Okay... are you sure?
Max Kenton: Yes. I'm sure I'm eleven.

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bdls206
Mar 25, 2012

Charlie Kenton: You know your taking him home in pieces.
Max Kenton: We'll see.

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bdls206
Mar 25, 2012

Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.

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