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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Hugh Jackman
Dan Gilroy
John Gatins
Dakota Goyo
Evangeline Lilly
Anthony Mackie
Hope Davis
James Rebhorn
Olga Fonda
Directors
Shawn Levy
Screenwriters
Running Time
126 minutes

Real Steel
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Real Steel

Plot
In a time when robots have replaced humans as boxers, former pugilist Charlie Kenton (Jackman) hustles a living sending metal men into the ring to fight. But his hardscrabble existence is upended when he’s re-introduced to 11 year-old Max (Goyo), the son he essentially abandoned after birth. Forced to spend time together, they bond over a surprisingly skilful new robo-discovery…


Verdict
Rocky with robots? It’s not quite in Balboa’s weight class, but Real Steel at least has some heft. There’s barely a story beat among the beat-downs that you won’t expect, and sometimes the saccharine gets in the way of the spectacle, but on the whole this is enjoyable family entertainment.


Reviewed by James White

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