A retired pugilist transitions to the business side of the ropes after human boxers are replaced by robotic ones in director Shawn Levy's feature-length adaptation of the Twilight Zone episode "Steel." Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) was a true contender when the sport of boxing was changed forever. Now, instead of humans duking it out for the masses, huge, powerful steel robots trade blows in the ring. As a result, former gladiator Charlie has been forced into the role of two-bit promoter, piecing together cut-rate fighting bots from scrap metal as he makes the rounds on the underground boxing circuit. Just when it seems that Charlie has sunken to the nadir of his career, his estranged 11 year old son, Max (Dakota Goyo), offers him the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at a comeback by constructing and training a true champion. Now the stakes are higher than ever before, and Charlie is about to get a second chance at leaving an indelible mark on the sport he once dedicated his life to.~Jason Buchanan
An excellent film with plenty of robot fighting action and great chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo. A movie that can be enjoyed multiple times. The bonus features are excellent as well. A word of caution: There is some bad language, but not an extraordinary amount.
Real steel is not your average story. I enjoy movies that aren’t predictable and this one fit the bill. In the end it’s a heartwarming , feel good story about a couple of underdogs ; not just the robot but Hugh Jacman’s character as well. It’s definitely worth the time spent watching it and the cost of the disc.