The Ping Pong in Hong Kong! A line from the movie which sort of stayed within the confines of my brain. Why is that? It’s because “Real Steel” was a totally awesome show. I have actually heard of the show but because it really didn’t garner as much marketing budget versus some other movies where they had the movie posters plastered over billboards across town, Real Steel was really a great movie in hiding. I guess that’s why there are so many movie reviews written about this movie right now.
Most movies that have been hyped up usually target a summer launch in order to catch the crowd so by the end of the year, I never did expect a fantastic show such as “Real Steel” to really wow the crowd. I haven’t read a single negative review about the movie yet although it garnered a 7.5 score on IMDB but personally, this movie deserves a 9/10 in my books.
Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.
The story begins with a very washed out Charlie Kenton (played by Hugh Jackman) an ex-boxer who now has lost his livelihood since Robot boxing has taken the arena. As he struggles through life with mountains of debt and robots, him finding out that he has a 11-year old son really changed his life.
We have always known Hugh Jackman as a very tough man especially in his roles as Wolverine, this time, Hugh Jackman played his role very well and turns this movie into both an action packed story line as well as one that tugs on your emotional strings.
What I was thoroughly impressed was the amount of CG graphics (computer generated) used and how it blended in nicely with the story as well as the overall ambiance. It wasn’t overly done but executed extremely tastefully. But hey, who doesn’t like to watch two robots punching each other in a ring.
Overall, Real Steel is really an underdog movie which definitely is worth watching in the cinema for its awesome CG graphics and even for the story line. It’s nice to feel that nice fuzzy warmth at the end of the show. Watch the show, and you will know what I am talking about.
Prior to the launch of this movie as well, a viral site was also launched in accordance with the move. Do check out http://www.wrb.com/