Reel Roundup: Real Steel


by Catie Butcher

If you are looking for a great film to see with your family or friends, I strongly recommend the action-packed futuristic film, Real Steel. Released on Oct. 7 and is now playing at the Palace. The film goes to DVD on Jan. 24.

Real Steel takes place in the near future where boxing has been taken to the animatronic level. Human boxers are replaced in the ring with massive robots. Charlie Kenton, played by Hugh Jackman, was once a great boxer, but when Charlie is no longer able to fight in the ring, he decides to take up robot fighting along with the rest of the world. However, he goes in a little over his head. Broke and looking for a way to make an easy buck, Charlie turns to his estranged son Max, played by Dakota Goyo, to train a bot, Atom, who doesn’t seem to have a chance to win.

Real Steel has a little bit of everything in it. Action for the younger audience members and the young at heart, as well as romance for the sentimental viewers.

One of the great things about the film was the acting. From seasoned actors such as Jackman to newbies like Goyo, there was a mixture of talent involved in the production.

The standout actor to me was the young Goyo. You can tell that he put a lot of effort into making this film and that he really connected with the character he portrayed. He made me feel for Max and made me believe he was a real person. That is one of the main things that I look for in a film.

There was one thing that bothered me about the film. I felt that the end could have been a little more resolved.

This is a film that I would recommend to anyone who is up for a simple yet enjoyable film.