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Rated PG-13 · 127 min. · 2011

Action/Adventure, Drama


This Steven Spielberg-produced blockbuster kills two clichéd genres with one stone, giving us both an underdog sports movie and a father-son bonding movie. Set in a future where robots box instead of humans, a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) and his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) get to know one another as they train a mechanical palooka to become the movie's resident Cinderella boy. But no matter how much rousing, quick-cutting intensity director Shawn Levy (perpetrator of those damn Night at the Museum movies) instills in those fight sequences, they can't cover up the corn that's all over the script.


See our full review: Fighting robots and Spielberg's daddy issues in <i>Real Steel</i>

Fighting robots and Spielberg's daddy issues in Real Steel

After a while, the fighting scenes feel like a reward you get every 10 minutes for sitting through the movie's incessantly sappiness. »

Official Site: www.steelgetsreal.com
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: John Gatins and Richard Mathis
Producer: Shawn Levy, Susan Montford, Don Murphy and Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie

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