Movie Night: Real Steel

Tagline: Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.

Rating: PG-13

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The entire time I watched this, I could only think of that 70’s game Rockem’ Sockem’ Robots.

This was a pleasantly heart-warming tale about second chances, not only for the human characters, but for the robot as well.  In a future when boxing with human contestants has been replaced with fighting robots, a has-been boxer, his estranged son and an old sparring robot get a new lease on life when the boy finds the robot buried under a pile of junk. It soon becomes clear that this is no regular fighting robot and with a ‘shadow’ program installed, mimics the moves of the person who controls him. I will say, watching a robot dance The Robot, was rather funny. Only when the father uses his experience as a boxer to help the robot fight, do things finally start looking up for them. Of course, the father’s past does come back to haunt them and put a crimp in their plans, but not for long. The final battle sets the small sparring robot with only the skills of a human boxer, against Zeus; the much bigger, more powerful, self-learning, fighting robot.

I’m not going to tell you who wins, but it’ll bring a tear to your eye.

Apart from the violence when the robots fight, there is some mild language, but other than that, it’s a good movie for the whole family to watch. Okay, there is one kissing scene, but nothing too intimate. The one thing I couldn’t shake was the fact that for a movie based in near-future, it looked too modern and that did ruin the futuristic element of the plot. Another thing that wasn’t lost on me, the idea that it doesn’t matter how much money you have, or what kind of tools you use, if you don’t have the skill—the knowledge to use them, you might as well be walking through life like a robot.


5 out of 5


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

8 Responses to Movie Night: Real Steel

  1. It was a nice movie. Really loved the child’s role in it and off course atom!

  2. BigBear85 says:

    Very good movie I saw it in theaters. for a movie that was basically rock’um sock’um robots from the future it had a good feeling and thw fights were pretty aweet. also there was Good Lil anime reference if u notice the name of the little robot is atom and the Japanese name for astro boy is little atom when translated…yeah I am a nerd lol

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