Dreamworks/Reliance (Don Murphy, Susan Montford &
W: Dan Gilroy & Jeremy Leven
DP: Mauro Fiore
Ed: Dean Zimmerman
Mus: Danny Elfman
PD: Tom Meyer
Hugh Jackman (Charlie Kenton), Dakota Goyd (Max Kenton),
Evangeline Lilly (Bailey Tallet), Anthony Mackie (Finn), Kevin Durand (Ricky), Olga Fonda (Farra Lemkova)
Real Steel puts the sci-fi and sports genres in a blender
and comes out with something rather refreshing, thoroughly enjoyable and everything that the Transformers movies lacked.
In a dystopian future where robot-fighting is prime time
entertainment, a former professional boxer and his son find a broken down machine on a scrapheap and fix it up to be a title contender.
Though the story is rather far-fetched and follows the
usual boxing movie formula, it still remains huge fun, with a dose of human drama thrown in with the relationship between the distant father and his boy. More so than that, the film also
manages to make sympathetic characters out of its "robot stars", something Michael Bay failed to do with three attempts up to this point.