Real Steel | reviewed by: Kyle Coleman | October 11, 2011
entertainment value
Schmaltzy father-son story and solid action scenes make this a successful feel good family film. Nothing special, certainly not bad.
genre Action | Family
synopsis A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech. Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. (Touchstone Pictures) 
lead actors Hope Davis | Anthony Mackie | Evangeline Lilly | Hugh Jackman | Kevin Durand | Dakota Goyo | Phil LaMarr | Olga Fonda | Karl Yune | David Alan Basche | Michael Patrick Carmody | Richard Goteri | Steven Hugh Nelson | Ron Causey | James Rebhorn
director Shawn Levy