Real Steel

Release date: 14 October 2011
Running time:
127 mins
Certificate:
12A
Director:
Shawn Levy
Starring:
Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lily

In the year 2020, boxing as we know it is over with men being replaced by 2,000 pound, eight foot tall steel robots who take part in corporate, big-money fights. But away from the expensive arenas and lucrative sponsorship deals, there's a thriving underground scene. It's here that we meet Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman).

He's a washed-up former boxer who ekes out a living bolting together bits and bobs of scrap metal to create low-end fighting 'bots. But when even this precarious existence is threatened, Charlie reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) in the hope of building and training a real championship contender...

Director Shawn Levy hired legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard to advise on the fight scenes, which used real boxers and motion capture technology to make the bouts breathtakingly realistic.

Contains moderate language and violence:

Screenplay: John Gatins

Distributor: Disney

You should see it because: It's an original genre mash-up with a touching father-son story and brilliant fight scenes.

See it if you liked: Rollerball (2002), The Fighter (2010), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

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