Real Steel is directed by Shawn Levy. Levy directed two movies that I adore, Night at the Museum franchise and Date Night. 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.
No offense, but It appears that the story is The Champ gone robot. The Champ was produced twice. The first one was directed by King Vidor, starring Wallace Berry and Jackie Cooper. Decades later, Jon Voight and Rick Schroder starred in Franco Zeffirelli’s movie.
Screenplay by John Gatins, Reel Steel is a gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Real Steel follows Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie and Kevin Durand also star in Reel Steel.
The movie opens in theaters October 7, 2011.