Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Real Steel is now available in stores.
Real Steel tells the story of Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), an ex-boxer who makes a living controlling boxing robots in the ring. Charlie has an eleven year old son with whom he has no relationship, but when the boy’s mom passes, Charlie reluctantly takes charge of the boy named Max (Dakota Goyo) for a summer, never imagining how his life would change. Max and Charlie embark on a summer of adventure and triumph, and, united by their passion for robots, especially one called Atom, discover each other as well.
Our Opinion: Sensational robot designs and special effects make this more than a heartwarming, feel good movie. A word of caution for parents: the film does have one violent scene in which Charlie is brutally beaten (if you are watching with them, there is time to hide young eyes before the blows start flying which we chose to do) and there are several scenes where robots battle that may not be appropriate for younger children. Having said that Real Steel is worth seeing as it entertains, amazes, thrills and may even draw a tear or two.
- Versions: Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and On-Demand
- Second Screen: see the video explanation below
- Making of Metal Valley
- Building the Bots
2. Blu-ray/DVD Combo Disc – All the extras on the DVD plus
- Real Steel Second Screen
- Countdown to the Fight—The Charlie Kenton Story
- Sugar Ray Leonard: Cornerman’s Champ
- Deleted and Extended Scenes with introductions by Shawn Levy
Disclosure: I received a copy of the film to facilitate this post. As always my opinions and my love for movies are solely my own.