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Real Steel  (2011 - English)

Real Steel cumulative rating: 3.3 out of 53.3/5 (5 users)

Real Steel critics rating: 2.85 out of 5 2.85/5 (6 critics)

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It's the proverbial David versus Goliath contest only instead of humans it's warrior robots who slug it out. A cross between the Rocky and Transformers films, Real Steel is set in the near future when traditional boxing has gone out of favour. Enter a down-and-out former pugilist (the always affable Jackman). Perennially in debt, he ekes out a living by hustling beat-up robots on the underground fight circuit. Things go from bad to worse until the unexpectedmore

Set in a not-so-so-distant future where human fisticuffs are now passé and the new craze is all robot-boxing, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up ex-pugilist who struggles to make a living from getting his low-end robots into underground fights. Brash and shortsighted, Charlie pits his mechanical fighters against rivals that are impossible to defeat; no wonder he's buried in debt, and each of his robots badly destroyedmore

A real steal, this new film from Hugh Jackman which is imbued with so much heart, so much soul and is so high-spirited, it brings you to your feet too to avidly cheer the proverbial underdog. And when it doesn't have you playing the flamboyant cheerleader for the father-son duo - and their outmoded, yet adorable robot - it has you shedding silent tears for the tender re-awakening of the most primordial, most natural bonds between a father and his estranged sonmore

Real Steel is the story of former boxer Charlie Kenton (Jackman) who roams the length and breadth of the US countryside, promoting his breed of fighting robots (It’s 2020 after all!). Short on cash and perpetually in scrapes resulting from his bottomless pit of debts, fate reunites Charlie with 11-year-old Max, the son he never really knew. Not stopping short of granting his son’s custody to his deceased wife’s brother-in-law in return for money, the unscrupulousmore

For those of you raised on WWF and WWE, Real Steel could be a guaranteed return on your multiplex ticket. It's a good-looking film, with stunning visuals and slick production values. In that sense, it matches the star power of Hugh Jackman, banking considerably on his presence (and those of the robots) and presenting him as a down-on-luck boxer who turns the table by preparing an obsolete robot for the big fight. The concept of Real Steelmore

I remember reading a review of Con Air, a guilty-pleasure favourite I have watched innumerable times, when I was about 12 years old. It had received, I think, three stars from the critic of a leading English broadsheet, who called it 'silly but supremely entertaining'. I watched the film and came out of the theatre all but yelling obscenities at any critic who'd given that movie anything less than four and a half, perhaps even five stars. My adolescent mind was convincedmore