Real Steel (2011)

mp’s rating: 3.5/5

Boxing robots? Set up sometime in the future? Boxing? Robots? Hell, no.

That was my first reaction when I was asked to watch this movie. Well, the trailer never left a big impression behind, and I was not a fan of robots, nor the future, nor the technology, and definitely not robots. Well, I thought that this would be just another fighting-and-action-without-much-sense movie. However, I was proven wrong.

After my friend left me to watch this movie, he came back with one response, “You got to watch that movie. It is that good.” I wonder how good this movie can be, and after two months of persuasion, I finally got the chance to watch Hugh Jackman on the big screen once more – at a 20-hour flight to US over the holiday.

Charlie Kenton (played by Hugh Jackman) was a mess. He had lost his money, bet on his loan, damaged his fighting robot, and now faced with a broken relationship with his 11-year-old son. No, he used not to be this way – he was once famous: a professional boxer. But he had learned the hard way that life changed, faster than he had anticipated, and now he was struggling to live his life once more.

After losing a couple of fights, his son found the oddest luck: a discarded robot from the slums. Together they tried to make that robot to be a champion, and they did succeed, restoring both Charlie’s career and his relationship with his son. But it didn’t go long, as another problem came.

A story of fighting and family, Real Steel has been a good, entertaining movie. But halfway through the movie I could have guessed the story line, and seriously, there is no 11-year-old who can be that smart, that tough, and that good.

The acting was standard, definitely not the best performance of Hugh Jackman (still can’t beat his acting in X-man series, Australia, or even Kate and Leopold! Do you still remember his British accent as Leopold? Oh, it melted my heart). The technical aspect was indeed very good. The robots moved flawlessly, and you were made to believe that these robots were actually alive.

It was a good movie; entertaining, with some good values to ponder upon. First, that nothing matters more than relationship, especially with your family. Second, your failures do not define you, your actions about your failures do. And third, you want something? Fight for it.

Ps. one more thing: single women out there, find the man who will fight for you.


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