Real Steel The best thing to be said about Real Steel is that the special effects are seamless and there are lots of robots hitting each other. Hugh Jackman plays Charlie, a self-obsessed, washed up, ex-boxer who now buys / builds robots and controls them in the lower leagues of future-America's new favourite sport - Robot Boxing. Due to some dodgy plot contrivances, Charlie finds himself broke and having to look after his estranged 10 year old son ( Dakota Goyo ) who is not only a genius robot builder but also a precocious fight promoter with a vulnerable side, desperate to believe in his new Dad. Together they recycle a small sparring robot called 'Atom' ( not Adam, as I thought for half the film ) from a scrapheap and embark on a journey to defeat the World Champion robot - Zeus - a pantomime villain, built by the Japanese and owned by Russian mobsters. Can the dysfunctional, all-American boys rally behind their underdog Atom and beat the nasty foreign people? I will not give it away. Transformers meet Rocky. It's as daft as a bag of frogs but short enough and quirky enough to pass by harmlessly and even be good fun in parts. Playing the "who paid most for product placement" game will help if you are struggling. Silly fun for some of the family.
5.5 out of 10
Cert 12A (uk).2011.