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Quesada Focus REAL STEEL DVD Review by

Set in the not-too-distant future, the film stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a one-time boxer, who’s traded in his gloves for a remote in order to fight it out in robot bouts. That is, the robots – not their human controllers – hop into the ring to duke it out.

Charlie’s strapped for cash and looking at the business end of a life crisis when a possible solution to his financial woes presents itself: he

learns his estranged young son, Max (Dakota Goyo), is now parentless and the boy’s wealthy aunt (Hope Davis) wants custody- Badly. Her husband (James Rebhorn) is willing to pay Charlie off in order to have custodial rights signed over and a deal is quickly made. Father and son are forced to spend the summer together before the official handover, though, and therein begins the story.

Bickering and equally unhappy about the arrangement, Charlie and Max begin to bond over the robot-boxing sport. When Max literally stumbles upon a long-discarded, generations-old “sparring ‘bot” at a junkyard, he decides to fix it up and fight it. Charlie scoffs at his son’s seemingly ambitious idea… until the little robot (named “Atom”) begins winning.

Real Steel possesses all the traits and standard plot points that make this genre of movies so successful. Director Shawn Levy also infuses the proceedings with exactly the right amount of heart, whether it’s the deepening bond between father and son or something as benign as a lingering shot of the weirdly sentient and strangely moving blue-light eyes that glow behind Atom’s mesh-like face makes caring about the characters very easy.

It’s not hard to figure out how the story will unfold, or where the characters will end up by the closing credits, but the journey that gets you there is still exciting and fun for the whole family.

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand Director: Shawn Levy Running Time: 127 min. Genre: Action/Adventure Rating: 4/5


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