A Blend of Techno-Splendour, Boxing & High Emotions in Levy's Real Steel

Real steel is a science fiction sport film which was directed by Shawn Levy. This film is inspired by a short story "Steel" which was written by Richard Matheson. Real steel was originally published in the May 1956. It earned nearly $300 million in the movie. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 84th Academy Awards. 

Some people love robots, while the others love boxing. This film combined both of them. In this film, Animatronic robots were formed. These robots are very tall, computer-controlled machines with automatic stability and quick footwork (White, 2009). 

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This film has a compelling plot. This movie gives unpredictable event such as the scene about the competition which was expected to win, but it was not happened. Besides, in design, the robots of "Real Steel" are glamorous and very modern enough to pose for the cover of exciting stories. Then, this film has its own characters. Compared with the other film such as Transformer which is faster in fighting scenes, “Real Steel” used the slow motion action and it is easy to see the movement. There are also many scenes showing that the robot can do what the people do such as dancing (Ebert, 2011). 

The story begins when boxers are replaced by robots. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), who is a previous boxer, moved into the battle game world as the handler of robot. Many times he experienced the shellacking, including when “Ambush” the blue robot played in Ricky’s carnival (Kevin Durand), lost in a set fight against a bull which belongs to Ricky. Because he lost of the game and he has made a bet that Ambush would win, Charlie has a debt to Ricky, but he ran out to avoid it (Bradshaw, 2011).

Before running out, he heard that his ex-girlfriend dead and he must attend to hear the right decision to take care for his son, Max (Dakota Goyo), a smart, video games lovers. Max’s aunt, Debra (Hope Davis), and her husband, (James Rebhorn), asked for keeping Max, which Charlie agreed for $100,000 on the condition that Charlie must take care for Max while they were going to Italy and retains Max for three months. There, Charlie and Max obtain the popular robot called “Noisy boy” and set a battle but it was destroyed by “Midas”(White, 2009). 

Many times experiencing the shellacking, Max and Charlie found a new robot from a junk yard called “Atom”, a decrepit but unbroken sparring robot which is designed to survive damage, and capable of mirroring the handler’s movement or called "shadow function".  At Max order, Atom won a fight against “Metro” and got $2000. That victory led Max and Charlie to win next battles (Ebert, 2011). Finally, Max challenged the global champion robot which is very strong and hard to destroy, “Zeus”. Could Atom destroy it or Atom that would be destroyed in the biggest competition? How about Ricky which still looked for Charlie having a debt to him? What would he do? 

There is a weakness in this film. It is in the part of the story's ideas. It is said that Charlie has ex-girlfriend and without marrying her, he has a child, Max. Of course, it does not give the good example especially for children. Well, I mean, for "The East culture".

This film teaches about love between the members of family, the couple or even robot. Also, sacrifice is important in life. This film also tells us that underestimating the others is prohibited. Of course for robot or game lovers, it is the right film which must be watched. Also... by looking at how the word "Is there going to be a Real Steel 2?" is often appears in the google search, this indicates that Real Steel has its own fans who patiently wait for the next series of the movie, even after the movie has just released.So, I recommend Real Steal for the family especially for adults. It is also permitted for children with the supervision from their parents. 

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