“Real Steel” is an action drama about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who, against all odds, gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the new high-tech sport of robot boxing.
This film could be nicknamed “Robot Rocky” and to some extent that description is accurate. An underdog robot fighter, named Atom, takes on Zeus, who is the “Apollo Creed” of the robot boxing world if you will. This film focuses on an ex-boxer named Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) and his developing relationship with his eleven-year-old son Max (Dakota Goyo). Thrown together after being apart for a long while, Charlie has accepted money to adopt his son to the boy’s aunt. Charlie makes money off his fighting robot, and even pits it against a bull in an action-packed fight. Unfortunately, he is using robots that are constantly beaten and thrown on the scrap heap. It is Max who finds a robot who could change their fortune. As the relationship between Charlie and Max develops, they soon find themselves winning with Max’s robot Atom. Charlie and Max make a dynamic team but the time to turn Max over to his aunt looms ahead, and sets up the dramatic and a stirring conclusion.
Regrettably, the movie features over 24 strong utterances of language, even from the boy, Max. For this reason, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film. It’s a shame as less language would have allowed us to have gotten behind this one.