Friday, November 4, 2011

Real Steel - Real robots, Real action

By Nur Wahidah, Year 1, Diploma in Mass Media Management

Are you a fan of robots or boxing? Or even the hit blockbuster movie “Transformers”? Well if you answered yes to either of these questions, “Real Steel” is a must watch for you!

This movie is set into the future, year 2020, where the sport of boxing is modernized and robots replace humans. As a result, a new sport called “Robot Boxing” was formed.  Hugh Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a long-time professional boxer who in the future becomes the controller of the robots instead. However, even though Charlie was one of the champion boxers in his young era, he is not doing so well with his robot. Charlie finds himself losing ‘robot boxing’ battles and in turn, loses bets he makes with other battlers that leaves him in debts of US$50,000 or more.

At the start of this movie, he is seen as a loser and an impulsive person as he makes bets that he knows he can’t win. In the middle of a battle, he is then given the news that his ex-wife has passed away, leaving him with the custody of his 11-year-old son, Max Kenton (Dakota Goyo). 

However, Charlie has not been interested in his son for the past 11 years. He is only interested in winning bets.

Unfortunately, Charlie found himself entrusted to the care of Max. Max, being interested in robot battles too, starts to follow his father around when he goes for a robot battle or search for scrap metal parts. This is where Max finds Atom – his robot companion. Max and Charlie then create a boxer out of Atom and go to battles, and find themselves winning bets.
The climax of this movie is when Max challenges the champion of the robots, Zeus, to a fight. This is a huge event for the crowd and the odds are against Atom, who was from the junk yard while Zeus was a legend for crushing robots in its battles. Not forgetting, by the end of this amazing journey, will Charlie still want custody of his son? The viewers are left in suspense till the end.
The “father and son” chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo is amazing. The action – need I say more? It’s like watching real supersized robots battling with one another. By the end of this movie - where the ultimate match between Zeus and Atom happens -, you will leave the theatre in satisfaction.

Sounds interesting? Are you intrigued? What are you waiting for? Don’t forget to make your way down to the cineplexes in Singapore to catch this movie! It’s worth your money and time!

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